Key Objectives

PURPOSE OF THE BLACK LIVES MATTER CHARTER FOR CHANGE

 

It is well documented that racism in the UK is systemic, endemic and structural[1]. Racism is manifested in the many forms of discrimination that blight the lives of Black people. Black Lives Matter Derby is demanding the dismantling of structural racism[2].

[1] https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/healing-divided-britain-need-comprehensive-race-equality-strategy

[2] https://www.runnymedetrust.org/blog/connecting-the-dots-structural-racism-in-2019-and-beyond

Key objectives

Black Spaces Matter

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will work for the re-establishment of a local Racial Equality Council with its main focus on Black inequality in the city. Since the demise of the local Racial Equality Council a focus on Black inequality has been lacking in the City, with the B in ‘BAME’ hidden in broader data, often left without a voice and resulting in the under representation of Black communities.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will seek infrastructure support to develop a consultancy service offering independent advice on racism cases, racial harassment, hate crime, workplace discrimination and independent input on policies and investigations. Training and educational initiatives and Black Lives Matter surgeries will also be run from a hub, plus work in partnership to ensure key dates such as Black History Month and Windrush Day are celebrated across multiple venues.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will work in an inclusive way and recognises the diverse experiences of Black people across cultures and intersectional identities.

Black Voices Matter

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will develop a panel of experts, scrutineers and opinion formers to interface with the media, business and advertisement scrutiny panel to challenge under representation and misrepresentation. This will include media coverage and doing work around Black portrayals in mainstream media.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will create its own media platforms, including social media, and work with existing grassroots media projects such as Mash-Up Youth Provision, M-prez Enterprise, Derby People’s Diary and Derby Sound Community Radio to amplify Black voices in Derby.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will deliver media skills training to equip more Black people in the community to create blogs, vlogs, podcasts, zines, digital campaigns and broadcasts.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will lobby for dedicated regular features within existing mainstream media outlets to amplify Black voices, including a regular feature in the Derby Telegraph and regular airtime on BBC Radio Derby.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will engage with public services to advise on policy development and how to build trust in services and improve outcomes for Black people.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will lobby all sectors to ensure the compilation of accurate statistical information on the local Black community in relation to service delivery, recruitment, selection, appointments, promotion, representation and so forth.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will work to build democratic participation and mobilise the ‘Black vote’ locally, drawing on good practice including London’s Operation Black Vote.

Black Minds Matter

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will lobby for improved mental health services including resources to recognise the wellbeing impact of daily micro-aggressions and the heightened pain of high-profile racism cases and the backlash experienced when speaking up on matters of racial injustice.

Black Bodies Matter

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will lobby health services to address unequal health and healthcare satisfaction rates and outcomes.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will collaborate with and amplify existing community-led Black health and body-positive projects.

Black Visions Matter

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will support, celebrate and showcase local Black business and social entrepreneurs.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will amplify the stories and representation of local and global Black role models.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will celebrate and improve representations of the Black family.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will work with local institutions and public agencies to dismantle barriers and structural racism that hinder life chances.

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will work to dislodge internalised oppression that causes pain, self-doubt and self-limiting beliefs and work to build self-love to unleash the full potential and dreams of the Black community.

Black Future Leaders Matter

 

Black Lives Matter Derby will seek funding for inter-generational, mutual mentoring, skill-shares and work on succession planning for Black community leaders and bring together local Black community and youth groups to develop a Black Lives Matter youth empowerment and leadership programme.