Challenging racism at our council - speaker event

Start: Monday, June 15, 2020 8:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (GMT+00:00)

End: Monday, June 15, 2020 9:30 PM Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (GMT+00:00)

In this timely event we will be looking at how Council processes can perpetuate racial prejudice and structural inequality in residents’ lives. Even more importantly, we’ll be looking at how we can address and overcome these obstacles.

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Benali Hamdache. Benali is an experienced Green campaigner and missed out on becoming an Islington Councillor in the 2018 elections by just 73 votes. He was previously the Green Party’s Equalities Spokesperson and co-author of our LGBTIQA+ and BAME manifestos.

In an interactive event, Benali will guide participants through identifying areas where racism and other forms of prejudice can manifest in local Council decision making. We will use case studies to find solutions to these problems, so that we can be better prepared to recognise and tackle them in real life scenarios.

This event is for all members and supporters, not only those working directly with the Council. If you wish to send questions for the speaker in advance, please send them to contact@lambeth.greenparty.org.uk.

For (optional) background reading ahead of the event, you may find the following links of interest:
Our Commitment to People of Colour (Green Party, 2019)
Green Party Manifesto (2019) – Discrimination is addressed in The Green Quality of Life Guarantee (p.60).
Staff accuse Lambeth Council of institutional racism (The Guardian, 2018)
Racist bullying rife in London council (The Guardian, 2003)
How councils can work with local people to combat racism (The Guardian, 2014)
Definition of systemic racism in sociology - focused on the United States, but a useful introduction to understanding systemic racism.

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