Race for Justice: Alienation or Social Inclusion – conference in London


3-4 December, London

The conference is being organised by Napo and Society of Black Lawyers and supported by the Attorney General Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal.

The theme of the conference is “Race for Justice: Alienation or Social Inclusion.” The concept behind the theme is to improve awareness of the causes of social exclusion and its manifestations; examine what can be done to address the problems and whether community cohesion as a government strategy is the way forward.

The Conference aims to bring together key stakeholders to explore issues such as hate crimes, extremism within the context of the Criminal Justice System, Guns, Gangs and Knife Crime and Young People and examine how it:

 Informs policy provisions and key decision-making.
 Affects strategies, action-planning and delivery by both statutory and non-statutory bodies.
 Contributes to resource provision and educational support for young people
 Provide communities, central and local government, police and other justice agencies with an insight of how to work together to put an end to gang and knife crime and effectively combat extremism.

Who Should Attend

The conference is open to individuals and organisations committed to best practice, equality and diversity; community cohesion; tackling extremism and access to education. They include policy makers, jurists, police officers, probation officers, fire officers, community health professional, politicians, educationalist, academics, trade unions, community activists and youth workers.

Get full Race for Justic event details and the registration form.

Gala Dinner and Dance

The Society of Black Lawyers invites you to the ‘Race For Justice’ Gala Dinner and dance on Friday 4 December at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London – Black Tie/Cultural Dress

7pm to 3am, Drinks reception: 7pm, Dinner: 8pm, After dinner speakers: 9.30pm, Gala dance: 11.30pm – 3am

Price per ticket: £75 which includes drinks reception and 3 course meal with wine

Dance only £25 (after 10.30pm, purchased at Marriott Hotel Reception)

Your Host: David Neita, Barrister and Poet

After dinner speakers: Kwame Kwei Armah, Henry Bonsu

Performances by Simone Thompson, Nycha Creations and solo rap artist Witness, Felix Dexter, The London Community Gospel Choir

For more information, to book tickets for the Conference or Gala Dinner and Dance visit http://www.napo.org.uk/raceforjustice or call 0207 223 4887

Tomorrow kicks off Black History Month in the United Kingdom


Black History Month has been celebrated across the UK every October for over 30 years, each year growing from strength to strength. Black History Month is a time when we highlight and celebrate the achievements of the black community and uncover hidden history about our communities.

The BHM site will provide you with a comprehensive guide to all the activities which are taking place throughout Black History Month and keep you updated throughout the year with information relating to Black History, Education, Arts and Culture.

You can visit them through this link: http://www.blackhistorymonthuk.co.uk/

Highlights of Black History Month 2009 for London, England:

•Black History: Green History Series, British Museum, 17 Oct (free)
Short films, documentaries and talks on climate change, poverty and sustainability in Africa and the Caribbean, plus sustainability awareness in the UK
•Family Day: Black History Month, Sutton House, 25 Oct (free)
Black music, art, food and dance for all the family
•Black History Month Trail, Sutton House, 1 Oct-31 Nov
Follow the trail to learn about the lives of influential black Londoners
•Black History Month – Struggles for Black Community, Rich Mix, 24 Oct
Colin Prescod, Chair of the Institute of Race Relations, presents two seminal documentaries on contemporary Black history plus a Q&A session
•In Conversation with… Diane Abbott, Museum of London, 21 Oct (free)
MP Diane Abbott, the first black woman elected to Parliament, shares her defining memories of London
•The Price of Sweetness, Museum of London, 24 & 27 Oct (free)
Interactive workshop of poetry, rap and sugar bowl-making with rap artist BREIS
•Black History Month – Family Workshops, Imperial War Museum London, 26-30 Oct (free)
Hands-on, drop-in session where you can learn about African, Asian and Caribbean servicemen and women in the Second World War
•Writing Africa: Marking 10 Years of the Caine Prize, British Library, 10 Oct
Celebrate 10 years of Africa’s highest literary award with Booker Prize Winner Ben Okri Brian Chikwava, Chika Unigwe and Binyavanga Wainaina.
•”Here’s One”: Roland Hayes, British Library, 27 Oct
Remembering Roland Hayes: son of former slaves and the first African-American man to gain fame as a classical singer throughout the world, with Michael Harper
•Football Workshop, Westminster Academy, 7 Oct
Talk to professional players and try out your skills, with Paul Canoville, Chelsea Football Club’s first black player, and London Tigers
•Historical Boat Trips, departing from Tate Pier, 13 & 20 Oct
Learn about life in London during slavery on a guided Thames boat tour
•Mary Seacole Play, Beethoven Community Centre, 14 Oct
Cleo Sylvestre performs a play about the life of Mary Seacole, followed by a chance to meet Mary in full costume and ask questions

Get more information from the Visit London website: http://www.visitlondon.com/events/detail/4733701

Not to be outdone by London, Liverpool offers a full schedule of events. Here are just two:

Destination freedom

Based upon the true story of William and Ellen Craft, this performance follows their personal journey from enslavement to freedom.

Suitable for all visitors

Next date : 2pm and 3pm – Sunday 11 October 2009

International Slavery Museum
International Slavery Museum visitor information


Great African women
The second in a series of three informal Sunday School lectures by Dr Mark Ledwidge, dealing with different aspects of Black heritage, politics and culture.

You do not need to attend all three sessions but places are limited and open to 16s and over. Please email Sam Turner to book a place.

Suitable for adults / seniors

Next date : 1-3.30pm – Sunday 11 October 2009

International Slavery Museum
Lecture theatre, 4th floor
International Slavery Museum visitor information

View the full schedule for events in Liverpool: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/whatsonnet/eventseries.aspx?sid=7

UPDATE: The Silent Majority – European Women’s conference – 11 May – London

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel The Silent Majority Conference on Monday 11 May.

We still hope to be able to hold the conference at a later date and will keep you informed.

Eva Szabo
European Commission Rep in the UK
8 Storey’s Gate, London SW1P 3AT, UK


*78% of women in the UK agree that politics is dominated by men.

11 May 2009 from 2pm to 5.30pm

The European elections will be held on 4 June in the UK.

This conference, organised by the European Commission Representation in the UK together with the UK Office of the European Parliament, aims to explore why women are less active in politics and, through round-table discussions, come up with ways to encourage more active participation.

Barbara Follett MP, Minister for Culture
Thérèse Murphy, President of the European Women’s Lobby
Prof. Susan Banducci, University of Exeter
Dr. Yvonne Galligan, Queens University, Belfast

Monday 11 May from 2pm to 5.30pm

One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AT

Participants can respond to comm-lon-rsvp@ec.europa.eu with Subject: 11 May.

There is no registration fee for participating at this event.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Eva Szabo.

Direct line: +44 (0)20 7973 1952
Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7973 1907

Highlights from Michelle Obama’s Visit to London During the G20 Summit

This was the scene at Buckingham Palace on the 1st ahead of the G20 Summit.

This touch at a reception later that day sparked a mild controversy.

CNN: The British media called it everything from a breach of protocol to an extraordinary show of affection from the queen.

The Times of London proclaimed it a “touching moment,” and the palace apparently agreed.

Buckingham Palace: “This was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection and appreciation between the queen and Michelle Obama”.

Read about Michelle Obama Fever in London.

Read how Michelle Obama’s Visit Drew Crowds.

Living Ancestors Lecture Tomorrow

A talk by artist Gabrielle le Roux and Natalie Charles, a Dominican human rights activist and writer. Gabrielle le Roux will talk about her experiences interviewing and drawing the centenarian Dominican women featured in the Living Ancestors exhibition. The two speakers explore survival and celebration in the face of poverty and oppression.

1.10-2.00pm at the Museum in Docklands in London.

Living Ancestors: A tribute in portraits and stories to the world’s oldest woman and other Caribbean centenarian women


1 April – 31 July 2009 in London

The exhibition
This is an exhibition of portraits of women over the age of 100 from the island of Dominica, including the world’s oldest woman Ma Pampo who was 126 years old when she was drawn. Accompanying the portraits are stories recorded by the artist, as she and the women elders got to know one another during the drawing process.

The exhibition builds a bridge for the viewer between the ten women portrayed, and their mothers and grandmothers, who were enslaved and whose stories were never recorded. Living Ancestors is an acknowledgement and celebration of an enduring female lineage of resilience and resistance.

Artist and feminist activist Gabrielle Le Roux creates travelling exhibitions of portraits and stories which raise awareness about social issues and pay tribute to people whose social contribution goes unrecognised because of their gender, race, class or sexual orientation.