Report Date: Thursday, December 20, 2001
An international reputation for excellence and innovation
Information, Legislation and Policy
To establish an international reputation for excellence and innovation, as a Black charitable organisation working on issues that have an effect on the lives of African, Asian, and Caribbean people in the United Kingdom and Europe
To ensure the views of Black communities are made known to statutory and non-statutory agencies through consultation, provision of information and the monitoring of public policy and parliamentary legislation
Ensure awareness of policies and legislation that affects or impacts upon the quality of life of Black communities
Keep Black communities informed of progress on these initiatives and analyse the implications for and effects on the various communities
Ensure effective communication to and between Black communities and local, central and European government
Initiate community action or academic research into issues of concern affecting
The future for Black communities is Britain is potentially entwined with a range of legislative and policy initiatives including
The Human Rights Act 1998
UN Committee on the Elimination Racial Discrimination
Article 13 of the Amsterdam treaty
The Race Relations Act 1976 and 2001
The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 – new offences of racially aggravated crime and the requirement for crime prevention strategies
The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry implications
Modernising Government Agenda
CRE standards (e.g. for local authorities, for the youth service and for schools)
Social Exclusion Unit documentation (see particularly ‘Minority issues in Social Exclusion and Neighbourhood Renewal’)
The Parekh report
The Trust has a vital role to play in summarising, analysing, and presenting the key issues to Black communities and based on received feedback to influence appropriate implementation.
To establish the legal and moral principle that ‘Racism is a violation of human rights’ by demonstrating the necessity of adherence to and adoption of internationally agreed human rights standards in Britain and Europe as a means of increasing protection from discrimination for Black people throughout Europe.
To develop a programme of training and information dissemination to Black and white communities
To take forward the work following the submission to CERD by working with the steering group and
Ensuring effective Black NGO representation at the world conference in 2001
To develop BLINK into the most extensive and accessible electronic repository of information on issues that affects the lives of African, Asian, and Caribbean communities in Europe and Worldwide
To develop the architecture, capacity, image of and access to Blink
To establish an internet health data source for black communities
To host web micro sites /pages for other Black organisations or those with relevance to Black communities and anti racism
To maximise the use of Blink as an informative and consultative interactive mechanism for links with the Black communities.
To capacity build and empower Black communities UK-wide with the provision of relevant, easily accessible information and expertise, and to develop sustainable local, regional, and national networks of support, advice and expertise at three levels:
Develop training programmes to encourage civic engagement
To provide access to ICT with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable self-development.
To provide and support the benefits and usage of ICT as an effective means of ensuring good quality administrative management standards and communications.
Develop Charter mark scheme for BVS
To support local regional and national Black networks
Encourage strategic economic co-operation between the Black voluntary sector to ensure efficient use of resources
To act as an exemplar organisation demonstrating the benefits of African and Asian communities working together in tackling racism
To act as a leading Black think tank which promotes good practice and encourages civic and democratic engagement.
To use Black2Black as a vehicle for
information on and promotion of the above
To work particularly to ensure a non discriminatory political and social infrastructure e.g. work on the criminal justice system
The Galileo Project
To challenge the philosophical and political approach to Black communities as those on the margins of society
Demonstrate that the perspective of one-way exertion of influence in a hegemonic society is false because the impact of ‘minority‘ groups is greater than the numerical equation would imply.
Change perspective by exploring the notion of inside out colonialism, and show that in many arenas (such as Arts, sport, music, food, and fashion) Black influence is becoming the norm.