HIDDEN STORIES of the STEPHEN LAWRENCE INQUIRY

HIDDEN STORIES of the STEPHEN LAWRENCE INQUIRY

Personal reflections from RICHARD STONE OBE

Tuesday 28th October 2014, 6pm to 9pm

112 The Green, Southall Middlesex UB2 4BQ

 

Background

Dr Stone is a Visiting Fellow at the Dept of Criminology, University of Westminster; and patron of ROTA (Race On the Agenda), and of the Cambridge academic ‘Centre for Jewish-Muslim Relations’ (CMJR) within the Woolf Institute. He has also been President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), and Vice Chair of the Runnymede Trust.

Dr Stone has observed that there are only two equalities being discussed now: gender (inequalities for women), and the gap between the poor and the very rich. In the Introduction to his book he writes:

“I have found anger and disappointment to be even greater now than it was then, which are justified by the lack of progress in achieving equality of treatment and equality of opportunity in policing. The time has come for leaders of institutions, heads of businesses and activists to take sustained action” (Stone 2013: xi-xii).

In an attempt to raise issues of racism in public discourse, Dr Stone is revisiting Bradford, Bristol, Birmingham, East London, Manchester and West London. He hopes to inspire all communities to push forward the race agenda at the local level.

Dr Stone’s small team will collaborate with community based organisations to:

  • Understand community concerns about disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System; racist incidents and community engagement.
  • Learn how progress has, or has not been made in the area of racism, overt and institution in West London.
  • Encourage the development of a locally owned action plan and strategy outlining how each area will take forward the race agenda at the local level;
  • Encourage local authorities and criminal justice agencies to work with community organisations to gather and disseminate key data on race disproportionality which can be used to encourage partnerships which engage communities and promote accountability and transparency on the issue of race.
  • Work towards the development of a working group to gather and present evidence to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Reports into the United Kingdom (next review into the United Kingdom 2015)
  • Develop and publish a report on the six inner city meetings, which will be used to spearhead a campaign of action on the issue of race at the local and national level.

 

HIDDEN STORIES of the  STEPHEN LAWRENCE INQUIRY

Personal reflections RICHARD STONE OBE

Tuesday 28th October 2014

Programme

 

18:00                          Registration

18:30                          Welcome and IntroductionsChair: Simon Israel

18:40                         Reading from Hidden Stories

19:05                         Q & A with Dr Stone

19:35                         West London contributors to the Inquiry

19:50                         Race in West London – Understanding the Current Situation

20:45                         Next Steps

21:00                         Close and Thanks

 

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