Community Projects

The work of the Monitoring Group has been rooted within Black and Asian communities since its inception in the early 1980’s.  Its work has responded to the needs, aspirations, hopes and fears faced by these communities over the past 35 years.

Although a lot has changed across London over the past 35 years, sadly many of the issues faced by residents within these communities have not altered.  Police racism, high unemployment levels, poor access to housing, poor educational standards, and lack of accountability are as relevant today as they were in the 1980’s.

We, therefore, continue to work with volunteers in our communities to help address issues, support people, and campaign for change. These project are led by local people, teachers, lawyers, artists, academics, workers, and unemployed people. The projects listed reflect some of the work we are currently undertaking with the support of volunteers in different localities.

They do this work in a voluntary capacity because they see needs unaddressed by local statutory and third sector organisations.

1. Southall Inspired

The communities of Southall once inspired a whole generation to struggle against racism nationally. We remained united despite suffering, at first hand, bussing of school children, low wages and discriminatory practices by employers, provocative fascist marches into the town, police violence and government indifference.

It is Southall where the first Asian and Carribbean workers took action to secure their future, where the Youth Movement was born, where Asian and Caribbean women began to organize for their rights, where pioneer Bhangra bands were formed, and where the first temples were built.

Southall Inspires is an independent local alliance established to inspire people to action and discussion. It will also use social media to report on important events as they unfold and reclaim our heritage by providing information our cultural, political and social history by interviewing leaders and participants of historical and current events.

For more information go HERE

2. Tottenham Rights

Tottenham’s black community has a unique history of challenging racial and policing oppression spanning over at least three decades. The 2011 violent public disturbances in the locality, sparked by the police shooting of black youth Mark Duggan, are only the latest events underlying a litany of state neglect (poverty) and enforcement policies, such as stop & search, targeting black youth. It is clear that the events of last August occurred as a result of the local Black community feeling disempowered and marginalised from the mainstream.

In addition to this the lack of representation meant that the community felt compelled to seek answers for themselves. In so doing they were treated with dismissive contempt by those in authority. In the public meetings and various reviews that took place in the immediate aftermath of the riotslocal community members cited this kind of response to their concerns as being the norm, as such it clearly helped to create an atmosphere where the frustrations and anger, of those whose voices are seldom listened to, erupted with such devastating consequences for us all.

Tottenham Rights has been established to meet the old and new challenges for those settled in the area.

For more information go HERE

3. Min Quan

Min Quan, was set by The Monitoring Group and a network of human rights activists from the British- Chinese community in 1999. Since this time its has remained actively involved in providing casework and advocacy support to the Chinese community who suffer from racial violence and also racial discrimination. In recent years, it has  broadened its work with the British- Chinese community by finding a collective voice to enable us to be better represented in the wider social-political arena.

In “Hidden From Public View? Racism against the UK’s Chinese Population”, a 2009 report commissioned by us found that Chinese in the UK are subject to “very substantial levels of racist abuse, assault and hostility” and are let down by service agencies and the police. Following the publication of its landmark report, officials from the Communities and Local Governments will respond to the report today.

4. Awaaz (South Asia Network)

Awaaz UK is a UK-based network of South Asian organizations and individuals. It was established in 2002 following the carnage in Gujarat. Awaaz members have signed up to a common platform of secularism, democracy, human rights and tolerance, and will challenge religious hatred and intolerance whichever community it comes from.

Awaaz is opposed to religious hatred, intolerance and violence in any form. Awaaz is not affiliated to any political party nor does Awaaz subscribe to any single political ideology. Awaaz is an independent network.

For more information go HERE