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Six days to influence review into government race policies

30/5/2006

YOU HAVE less than one week left to add your voice to a review of government race policies. Don't miss this crucial opportunity to shape the future for your community.

ACT NOW!

Sign the online Statement Respond to the Equalities Review

Supporting Materials

Briefing on the Equalities Review Interim Report

Pdf Our Rights Our Future: The CEHR and Black Communities

The Equalities Review Interim Report

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Trevor Phillips

CRE chairman Trevor Phillips: facing criticism over his Equalities Review

Last year Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) chairman Trevor Phillips was asked by the government to lead a wide-ranging review into public policy and anti-discrimination laws.

This was called the Equalities Review. It is expected to influence the design of a new single equalities law to underpin the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) – a super-body which will come into force next year.

The 1990 Trust has serious concerns about an interim report released by the Equalities Review in March.

But whatever your views, we would encourage you to respond to the Equalities Review consultation. The deadline for responses is Monday 5th June.

What is at stake is a once-in-a-generation chance of shaping the legislative framework and organisational landscape on equality.

This root-and-branch review could determine how effective, or otherwise, governments are in tackling inequality.

To get this wrong will mean that even if governments have the political will to aim for equality in our lifetime, they may not have the mechanisms to achieve it.

The issues go to the very heart of the campaign for race equality. We urge you to have your say.


How can I respond?

You can respond directly to the Equalities Review using their online form. There are boxes for each of the seven chapters of the interim report. The same site allows you to download that report. Go to: http://www.theequalitiesreview.org.uk/publications/interim_report.aspx or click here.

What are the critical issues?

The 1990 Trust is concerned about the direction and content of the Equalities Review. We have published a briefing response to the interim report outlining our criticisms. Please read our briefing by clicking here.

In short, we believe that race inequality is glossed over. There are many areas of public life where the realities of institutional racism are clear – anti-terror laws; asylum and immigration; citizenship; the criminal justice system, to name but a few.

Unless the government recognises racism – its causes and effects – it will never be able to get to grips with the challenge of making Britain an equal society.

We believe the Equalities Review has not analysed race properly and there are major flaws in its methodology. It favours the government's policy of merging equalities areas together instead of recognising there are as many differences as similarities between, say, race, disabilities, and gender.

The Equalities Review is wrong to criticise campaigning and activism. Without grassroots action we would not have seen many gains on race, such as the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.

What else can I do?

You are encouraged to sign a 1990 Trust statement which summarises our criticisms of the Equalities Review (as stated in our briefing). You can sign the statement by clicking on the top left box at the top of this page.

What happens now?

Blink will publish a fuller response to the Equalities Review on Friday 2nd June. The Equalities Review has already held its consultation meeting in London. There are two more to go: one in Birmingham on Thursday 1st June, and the other in Manchester on Monday 5th June. You can register for these events by clicking here.

If you need any further information call Karen Chouhan (Trustee of The 1990 Trust on 07903 581968); David Weaver (Chair, on 07939 537617); or Trust staff Rob Neil on 07904 817001; or Lester Holloway on direct line 020 7820 5897.

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