Runnymede Round Up

‘This is still about us’: Race and Immigration Report
Why Ethnic Minorities See Immigration Differently

This report starts a nuanced discussion on race and immigration that is long overdue. The story of race in postwar Britain was also the story of immigration. In the 1960s, almost all of the Black and minority ethnic people living in Britain were born overseas, and their experience of discrimination was clearly linked to their status as ‘foreigners’. Fifty years on from the first race relations legislation, and over a decade after the ‘A8’ countries joined the European Union, it might seem that Britain has moved on from linking immigration and race.

Yet as we found in a report published today, black and minority ethnic people in Britain – including those born here – still think the immigration debate is about them, and often fell uncomfortable if not threatened by public debate and policy on immigration.

Read the report here

Race Relations At 50
Tuesday 8th December: The 50th Anniversary of the First Race Relations Act

Next Tuesday Runnymede will launch its report on the Race Relations Act 1965 (RRA). The edited volume will include pieces by those involved in the RRA, and current race equality activists and policymakers.

For a preview of the report’s contents you can read Runnymede Director, Dr Omar Khan’s, piece in Open Society

Call for evidence
What do you think of racial discrimination in the UK? 

Runnymede is coordinating the input of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to the UK government’s examination by CERD, the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). We are currently issuing a call for evidence for our report.

The UK Government submitted its report in March 2015 and the Committee is scheduled to examine it in August 2016. At this hearing, the Government will be asked a series of questions by the Committee after which it will make concluding observations.

We are producing a shadow report for the Committee and want to hear how well you think the government are doing to eliminate racial discrimination.

Have your say now and tell us what you think here 

Justice, Resistance & Solidarity Event
Race and policing in England and Wales Report

The Runnymede Trust has published its report on racism and policing in Britain. Tomorrow at 12pm in Birkbeck College the co-authors Eddie Bruce-Jones and Nadine El-Enany will launch the report joined by a panel of experts and activists in this field to tackle the issues raised in the report and more.

Book your place at this event by clicking here

Read the report in full here

Training: Tackling racism and homophobia in schools
Wednesday 27th January 2016

To support schools promote equality and diversity, Runnymede is offering a day of training for secondary school teachers in London and the South East equipping them with the knowledge, tools and confidence to train colleagues on tackling racist and homophobic bullying and celebrating difference. The course ensures your school is Ofsted S5 (09/10) compliant and participating schools become members of Stonewall’s School Champions programme.

For more information or to book your place contact Sian 

International Abolition of Slavery Day
Wednesday 2nd December was the international abolition of slavery day

The UN marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2nd December. In the Race Relations Report published next week, Dr Will Pettigrew writes on 17th Century debates on the trade in enslaved Africans while Professor Gus John explains the importance of the first and second Pan African Congresses held in Britain in 1900 and 1945.

Read Dr Omar Khan on the legacy of slavery at the heart of Western philosophy

Vacancy
Education Research Assistant

To assist Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Head of Research, on an education research project. This role is a part-time, fixed term contract ending in September 2016.

To view the job description and apply please see our vacancy page.