Strategic Objectives

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Report Date: Thursday, December 20, 2001


Strategic Objectives

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

Black communities

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

Amendments bill

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.

Human Rights

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

Blink

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.

Capacity Building

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:

Individual level

Develop training programmes to encourage civic engagement

To provide access to ICT with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable self-development.

Organisational level

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

Community level

To support local regional and national Black networks

Encourage strategic economic co-operation between the Black voluntary sector to ensure efficient use of resources

Exemplar Organisation

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.


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