The Black Solidarity Committee (BSC) of the rail union, RMT, and reparations justice group, the Global African Congressuk gathered a range of Pan Africanist and black organisations to talk about the Lammy Review at the Maa Maat Cultural Centre, Tottenham on 21 September.
Organisations included Alkebu - Lan Revivalist Movement (ARM), Pan Afrikan Congress Movement (PACM), Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum (PASCF) and the Windrush Foundation.
Representatives agreed that David Lammy should be written to and asked to attend public meetings in Tottenham, Brixton and the House of Commons.
Co-Chair of GACuk, Abu Akil said: “The community should know what David Lammy plans to do to ensure that the review’s recommendations that we feel are most important are implemented by the government.
“He should come to the Maat Centre and report to the community about the review. He should be transparent and tell us what he could and couldn’t say.”
“Afrikan organisations should read the review discuss the recommendations and stand ready to do what they can to ensure the report doesn’t just end up on the shelf.”
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The Lammy Review was published on 8 September 2017 around eighteen months after former Conservative Party, Prime Minister, David Cameron asked the Labour Party MP to lead the review.
He was assisted by a panel of experts including black youth worker and Conservative politician, Shaun Bailey, Centrepoint chief, Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Operation Black Vote’s Simon Woolley, academic Baroness Lola Young OBE and former Equality Commission chair, Trevor Phillips.
Some of the issues and recommendations discussed by the meeting were:
• deferring sentencing young people who have committed minor crimes,
• racial monitoring of the decisions courts make,
• using anti-slavery legislation against adults who use young people in crimes
• 41% of youth prisoners from minorities backgrounds, compared with 25% ten years ago, despite prisoner numbers falling by some 66% in that time,
• 9,000 Afrikan people could be custody due to racism
• women from racial minorities experiencing higher custodial rates than white women.
Speaker Mandla-Ka Nkosi Mbandaka, Spiritual Brother Leader of the Alekbu-Lan Revivalist Movement, informed the meeting that young Afrikan people in Hackney, at a death in custody protest, claimed that police harassment made them scared to walk in public.
He commented: “We need a range of self-funded organisations to address our problems rather than rely on the goodwill or lack of goodwill of others.”
United Friends and Families which campaign on deaths in custody, and Black Mental Health UK also spoke up at the meeting.
Glenroy Watson, from RMT's BSC, gave the commitment to write to David Lammy on all the demands of the meeting.
Global Afrikan Congressuk campaigns for justice for Afrikan people due to the legacies for enslavement and colonialism.
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