Category Archives: Black Members

Black History Month: Cultural identities......

22 October 2021   11:00am–5:00pm, 

Online webinar, click here to find out more.

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Black history event......

The event is open to all members and activists and will feature music, poetry, and inspirational speakers. It will be hosted via MS Teams on Friday 29th October 2021, starting at 2.00pm.

You can register for the event here: https://forms.office.com/r/1xHXtyqKiw

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WorldAgainstRacism – a meeting open to all Unison Members......

6 pm to 7 pm , Thursday 18th March

Speakers:

  • Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary, Unison
  • Glen Williams, National Chair, Local Government Service Group Executive
  • Liz Wheatley, Branch Secretary, Camden Unison

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Remembering LGBT+ history – and those who are struggling today......

LGBT+ History Month is more important than ever, as the pandemic adds to the isolation felt by many LGBT+ people as a result of their gender identity or sexuality.  Click here to read more.

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Police to discuss ‘community tensions’ after Black Lives Matter......

Waltham Forest police will discuss tensions following the national Black Lives Matter protests at a meeting tonight.  Click here to read more.

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Racism row at art gallery......

Waltham Forest Council has said it will conduct a full investigation into allegations from a former art gallery employee that her career was held back by “systemic racism”.  Click here to read more.

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Racist structures must fall – graffiti on canal side Hackney......

copyright Mick Holder

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Coronavirus: Racism ‘could play a part in BAME Covid deaths’......

Factors such as racism and social inequality may have contributed to increased risks of black, Asian and minority communities catching and dying from Covid-19, a leaked report says.

Historic racism may mean that people are less likely to seek care or to demand better personal protective equipment, it says.  Click here to read more.

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WF Branch solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter......

Waltham Forest UNISON is clear that Black Lives Matter. For us, this is more than a written statement. We are committed to campaigning against all forms of discrimination, racism and inequality experienced by our Black members in the workplace.  This includes the hidden,  implicit and institutionalised forms of racism that many non-white people experience. To do this, we support our members and ensure we have Black representation on our committee. In addition we are committed to showing solidarity with campaigns to change the society we live in so it is a fairer and safer place for non-white people.

To make a meaningful contribution to the campaign we have chosen two political organisations to support. One is based in the US and one in our borough, Waltham Forest. As a committee we will be making a £200 donation to each of these organisations. We invite all members to donate £10 or what they can to also show their support. Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter......

WF Trades Council last night was angered at the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police officers in the United States. 

We expressed our solidarity with our brothers and sisters in America facing racist state oppression and violence.

We supported an impartial, public inquiry into the disproportionate number of BAME people dying of Covid-19.

We agreed to protest while protecting ourselves and one another from Covid-19.

At 6.30pm on Wednesday 3rd June, express your anger and solidarity. Choose the option that is safest for you, or do both: Continue reading

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