• Marcus Rashford to be knighted
    If Captain Tom was knighted for his family's effort to raise money for charity then Marcus Rashford should receive the same honour. He has been instrumental in 1.3 million school children receiving free school meal vouchers over the summer holidays. [1] This work should be recognised. [1] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53065806
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  • Housing First
    We urge a huge expansion of the Housing First solution that has proved successful in Finland to house people. This is a once in a generation opportunity to tackle the shame of rough sleeping in the 6th richest country in the world. We call on the government to provide to additional resources for support needs and for additional affordable housing to achieve this and we call on the council to work creatively with government, business and community to use the resources available to ensure offers of long term accommodation to all the rough sleepers currently in hotel and student accommodation” We the undersigned welcome that councils have offered accommodation to all rough sleepers (without conditions) in the pandemic and further welcome the commitment of the Housing committees on preventing a return to the streets and to explore ways of continuing the unconditional offer of shelter for all rough sleepers that is currently available. Housing is a basic right
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  • Build a Memorial for Olaudah Equiano in West India Quay, London
    West India Dock facilitated the transatlantic slave trade, to store the sugar from the West Indian plantations where enslaved men, women and children worked. Our successful campaign led to the removal of slave trader Robert Milligan’s statue. This was a step forward in reconciling with the history of systemic human exploitation to amass wealth. However, this is not enough. It is equally important to install a monument to represent the movement against institutional racism by honouring a Black African abolitionist. Olaudah Equiano was born around the year 1745 in Guinea. At eleven he and his sister were kidnapped while out playing and were enslaved. In 1786 in London, he became involved in the movement to abolish slavery. He was a prominent member of the 'Sons of Africa', the first Black political organisation in Britain to campaign for abolitionism. In the spring of 1789, he published his autobiography, 'The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African'. It is one of the earliest books published by a black African writer which contributed hugely in setting the scene through religious and economic arguments for the abolition of slavery. Equiano’s work had the overt anti-slavery agenda and a more subtle anti-racist project to dispel some of the racist myths existed in eighteenth-century England. Equiano did not just publish the book and leave it to fend for itself. Instead, he vigorously promoted it by going on lecture tours around England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, and by promoting his book he was also promoting the idea of the abolition of slavery. During the early 1790s, Equiano had not just turned his life story into a document opposing slavery but had transformed his entire life into an anti-slavery document. Equiano is a symbol of resistance to the slave trade and slavery. To honour the millions of slaves who were exploited to the benefit West India Dock, to honour all those who suffered from the transatlantic slave trade, we demand a memorial of Olaudah Equiano. You can read more about Olaudah Equiano at https://brycchancarey.com/equiano/biog.htm The short bio of Olaudah Equiano is compiled from Brycchan Carey's blog entry. He is an academic and author on slavery, emancipation, and abolition. #Black Lives Matter
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  • Mary Prince statue to replace Edward Colston Bristol statue
    My 12 year old son mentioned this to me, where I thought it was a wonderful idea to put forward to replace a negative part of history, with a positive piece of history. He initially thought of Rosa Parks but we looked for British inspirational people.
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  • Remove Nancy Astor Statue
    Remove and take down the Statue of Nancy Astor in Plymouth. She was Anti-Catholic, Anti-Semitic and a Nazi sympathiser. Her statue remains to celebrate racism and slavery. It needs to be taken down and is featured on a 'Statue Hit-List' according to this post by the telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/09/protesters-draw-statues-hit-list-toppling-colston-memorial/ Nancy Astor was famous for being the first woman to take a seat in parliament, but she was not the first woman to have won a seat. Revolutionary suffragist, Constance Markievicz was elected to the House of Commons earlier in 1918, but the Irishwoman refused to take the oath to the crown. A further troubling aspect of Nancy's character was that her time was rife with bigotry, yet she stood out amongst bigots. Her are some of her quotes: Nancy Astor to MP Alan Graham in 1938: "Only a Jew like you would dare to be rude to me." To James McDonald in 1934 at a Jewish charity dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London: “Did I not after all believe there must be something in the Jews themselves that had bought them persecution throughout all the ages. Was it not therefore, in the final analysis, their responsibility?" Nancy also reportedly told an African-American church that they should be grateful for slavery because it had allowed them to be introduced to Christianity, while in Rhodesia she proudly told the white minority government leaders that she was the daughter of a slave owner." Please support this petition to support equality and promote the values we have today rather than the ignorance, bigotry and racism of the past. Thank you.
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  • Update your presenters to represent diverse London
    London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. According to ‘Trust for London’, 41% of Londoners are from BAME backgrounds In 2020, London’s population is estimated at 9.3 million people. London is the most diverse area within the U.K. when it comes to religious beliefs with the highest percentage of people identifying as Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or Jewish. LBC is a popular radio station with 2.78m listeners. This is their current presenter lineup: https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/
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  • Remove the statue of slave trader Robert Geffrye in Hackney
    We should condemn, not celebrate, the slave traders of England's past. Sir Robert Geffrye (1613–1703) was an English slave trader. He made his fortune with the East India Company and the Royal African Company and used this money to build the Alms Houses that became the Museum of the Home. There was recently a huge public consultation on the future of the statue, where 71% of people said the museum should take down the statue. The museum board then ignored the wishes of local people, and ignored the recommendation from their own internal paper, and instead bowed to pressure from a culture secretary Oliver Dowden to keep the statue in pride of place. This is shameful. Robert Geffrye should be condemned to the history books so that we can learn from the shameful past. He should no longer be celebrated with a prominent statue. Take him off the front of the building perhaps stick it down in the basement of the museum as an exhibit where we can teach children about how horrible the slave trade was. Notes: FOI request: Board minutes and public consultation results https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/minutes_of_the_board_meeting_whe#incoming-1648912 Museum Felt 'Extremely Compromised' By Minister's Plea To Keep Slave Trader Statue https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/museum-of-the-home-robert-geffrye-statue_uk_5f480bb2c5b6cf66b2b4ed4c
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  • National Museum Of Ethnic British History
    It would also be a useful in the education of school children throughout the country, as well as depicting Britains dark history within the slave trade and the factories and production of goods during the Industrial revolution and our colonial past. It can also educate the nation on how cultures have changed British food, tastes , music and fashion. It's about time there was a place that educated people about this.
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  • A call for George Floyd Race Equality Minister - A me2racially abuse register- COVID-19
    The George Floyd case represents our silence to see, understand, and report historical forms of racial discrimination. It's important that after forty years of personally been physically violated in the prison, mental health, and sporting settings, and as a person diagnosed with schizophrenia, often kneed in the back, to empower others to speak out. The Government's Race Disparity Audit, (2017), and the BAME Covid-19 report, June (2020) shows institutional racism and health inequality with the increasing risk of death to black communities. The risk of either inappropriate constraint or through the current COVID-19 virus means BLACK LIVES MATTER. The period from the 1965 Race Relation Act to the Equality Act 2010 has not safeguarded against the new emergence of racism in British society. The lack of a lived experience of structural and interpersonal forms of racism has led to BAME children being three times more likely to be excluded from school, six times more likely to receive a custodian sentence, seventeen times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness. Successive governments have failed to understand and have empathy with the real lived world of BAME communities. This call for change is motivated by the potential that the BAME community may not exist with the devastating impact of COVID-19 and the failure of the Government to act, respond and protect BAME communities over the last sixty years. A call for change through a Race Equality Minister will ensure that further generations of the BAME community will have the civil and human rights they deserve.
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  • Pension robbery
    Because being a 1950's woman myself I know the harm stress worry and the impact it has had on my life and the mental issues it has caused me
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  • Protect everyone during the coronavirus crisis
    Thousands of people are in dire circumstances after being deprived of most public funds since the coronavirus outbreak because of strict visa restrictions. Under current rules, people here on short term visas are subjected to the “no recourse to public funds” policy, meaning that they are prevented from accessing many benefits, such as Universal Credit. Councils are prevented from giving them certain help, including access to housing. This harsh rule is leaving thousands of families really struggling to survive during the coronavirus pandemic. We’re calling on the Home Secretary, the UK Work and Pensions Secretary and the government as a whole to scrap the “no recourse for public funds” status for migrants during Covid-19.
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  • Keep Virtual Parliament Open
    Keeping Virtual Parliament would enable MPs and other elected representatives from the regions and devolved nations to continue to work from home during the pandemic. If remote working IT including Virtual Parliament are removed, our democracy can not work under the new lockdown laws, as people from NI, North Scotland, Wales and SW England can not get to London and back in a day. Law states they can not stay in their second home in London. Travel and mixing in the Houses of Parliament add risk. Also it sets a very dangerous precedent to other employers to force people back to the office without proper provisions.
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