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Exploring the fault line - issues at the intersection of criminal justice and mental health

ROTA meeting
July 2011

Over 80 delegates from across the mental health sector and criminal justice system descended on Coin Street Community Centre on 21 July to contribute to a discussion on Exploring the fault line - issues at the intersection of criminal justice and mental health.

The event, joint-hosted by ROTA and Action for Advocacy, brought together experts, including policymakers, practitioners, academics, BAME voluntary sector representatives and professionals, to share thoughtful ideas on key concerns, gaps in service delivery and potential areas of opportunity.

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ROTA calls for Positive Action clauses to remain in new equality legislation

Press Release: 24 November 2009

On 19 November, Mark Harper MP, Conservative member for the Forest of Dean, outlined the Opposition's key objections to the Single Equality Bill, the aim of which is to harmonise and strengthen equality legislation in the UK.

Mr Harper said "his party feels the proposed clause on Positive Action 'may be used to employ less able workers" .Read more

ROTA no longer to host the HEAR Network

Press Release: 2 September 2009

From 1st October 2009, HEAR, London's pan-equality third sector network, will no longer be hosted by Race on the Agenda (ROTA).

Despite HEAR's increased reputation and impact, the network has been unable to secure long term funding. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, ROTA's Chief Executive said: "We are very sorry to no longer host HEAR. It was a very difficult decision for the Board. Last year, ROTA subsidised HEAR, but this year we were left with no other option, but to discontinue the network".Read more

The Disproportionate Impact of the Recession on Black and Minority Ethnic Communities

Press Release: 1 July 2009

On 30th June 09, Race on the Agenda and MiNet launched a report detailing the impact of the recession on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and their sector. The launch took place at an event where London Councils and Government Office for London attended as keynote speakers. The project was funded by CapacityBuilders, Office of the Third Sector, Big Lottery Fund and NAVCA.Read more

Equality Bill Committee hears evidence on race

Press Release: 04 June 2009

On 2nd June, the House of Commons Public Bill Committee took evidence on the Single Equality Bill. Race on the Agenda (ROTA) and Runnymede were asked to stand as witnesses to cover race.Read more

'Winning the race' Coalition calls for Harriet Harman MP to review the Single Equality Bill

Press Release: 18 February 2009

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) with the support of Voice4Change England have formed the 'Winning the Race' coalition who are backing the call for a meeting with Harriet Harman MP in regards to the single equality bill. The coalition are concerned that key areas that will affect Britain's minority communities will not be addressed in the legislation and are calling upon the Minister to take a lead on ensuring that the legislation is fit for purpose.Read more

New Chief Executive appointed

Press Release: 1 December 2008

Dr. Theo Gavrielides was successfully appointed as ROTA's new Chief Executive on 10th November 2008, taking over from Dinah Cox who left the organisation in August 2008 to work for ROSA. Kamila Zahno, ROTA Chair said "I am delighted to welcome Theo Gavrielides as our new Chief Executive. We believe he will take ROTA to a new dimension and raise the profile of the organisation".

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Less Equal Than Others: The Race for Justice Campaign

Press Release: 19 November 2008

On November 17th 2008, Race on the Agenda (ROTA), Clinks, NACRO, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and the National Body of Black Prisoner Support Groups released the Race for Justice report, 'Less Equal Than Others; Ethnic Minorities and the Criminal Justice System'.Read more

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