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Thursday, 26 January 2012


BARAC will be holding a public meeting to discuss race and racism in the UK following on from the sentencing of 2 of the killers of Stephen Lawrence 19 years after Stephen was murdered.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 9th February, starting at 6.30pm. At University of London Union (Malet Suite), Malet Street, WC1E 7HY, nearest stations Euston, Euston Square, Warren Street, Goodge Street and Russell Square.

Chair, Lee Jasper, Joint Chair, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC)

Zita Holbourne, Joint Chair  BARAC / PCS National Executive

Dr Richard Stone, Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Panel Member

Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride / PCS Equality Officer

Michael Abatan, Justice 4 Jay Campaign

Muna Hassan, Occupy London Stock Exchange
Aaron Kiely , NUS National Executive

Suresh Grover, Society of Black Lawyers

On Tuesday 3rd of January we saw 2 of the killers guilty of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence sentenced to imprisonment for their crime. 

Doreen and Neville Lawrence fought an 18 year battle in their quest for justice for their son and whilst this was a positive outcome, it has come 18 years too late and the battle is still not over as at least 3 of those who were part of the gang that murdered Stephen are free.

We commend Doreen and Neville  Lawrence for the inspiration, strength, hope and determination they have brought to so many others facing racist attacks and race discrimination – whilst enduring their own prolonged battle.

10 years after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and MacPherson Report, Dr Richard Stone who was a panel member of the Inquiry produced a review report which exposed the failure of government to implement the vast majority of the original recommendations.

Discrimination is impacting on all aspects of our lives, cuts to jobs and services, attacks on terms and conditions, in access to education, the criminal justice system, policing to name but a few.

Come along and hear the views of our panel speakers and debate the way forward in addressing these issues including the MacPherson report recommendations that have still not been followed through.

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