On 20th November 2017, ROTA held a one day conference to explore multi-disciplinary approaches to tackling inequality at the intersections of race and class. At the conference we heard from legal experts on the domestic and international legislative framework protecting socio-economic rights. In addition to this, speakers also included those who have successfully used collective action as a means of ensuring access to justice and enforcing socio-economic rights. This was an interactive conference bringing together academics, lawyers, campaigners and the voluntary and community sector....Read more
On 21 st April 2017 ROTA was back in Birmingham for a seminar on BAME employment in the West Midlands. With Black people three times more likely to be unemployed in Birmingham than White British people, the seminar focused on the barriers and solutions to unequal employment outcomes. Co-hosted with local equality think tank BRAP , the audience put the panelists through their paces.
Guest speakers :Professor Monder Ram OBE, Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship, University of...Read more
On 28th March 2017 ROTA held its second seminar on employment rights. This was particularly poignant as Article 50 to exit the EU was triggered the next day. This government has done little, if anything at all to instil confidence that it will protect the rights of workers i.e. labour as opposed to protecting the interests of employers, in particular the rights of BAMER and migrant workers who are often the most vulnerable. In this context the seminar focused on raising awareness amongst voluntary and community sector organisations working with BAMER and migrant communities about existing...Read more
Watch Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn deliver his race equality and multiculturalism speech. He was speaking on 18th March 2017 in Birmingham Council House, at an event jointly hosted with the Runnymede Trust.
Read the full speech HERE .
This was the second in a leaders series, following Lib Dem leader Tim Farron. We aim to provide a platform for other party leaders to talk about their vision for race equality in due course.Read more
This year’s ROTA AGM and Conference held on November 28th was a great success with over 80 participating in a number of lively workshops and plenary sessions with great speakers: Suman Fernando, Yvonne Christie and Patrick Vernon.
Transcripts and notes from many of the sessions are now here:Event Delegate Pack...Read more
On 15th November 2016 ROTA held the first of its series of workshops on the role of exploitation and discrimination within the workplace.
The event was attended by 22 participants with presentations from Rosa Crawford of the TUC and Michael Reed of Free Representation Unit.
Guest Speakers included:Michael Reed – Principal Legal Officer, Employment (The Free Representation Unit) Rosa Crawford – Policy Officer (Trades Union Congress)
Speaker presentations available here: ...Read more
In partnership with Tower Hamlets CVS, the Osmani Trust, Hackney CVS, the Selby Centre and Islington BAME CVS, this seminar series has now been successfully delivered.
Through the series, over 200 representatives from the voluntary, community, statutory and private sectors considered the broad questions: “Is there an elephant in the room? If we live in a post-racial society, why do certain ethnic groups continue to experience disadvantage? This seminar series was launched in November 2011 at the House of Lords to coincide with the retrial into the murder of...Read more
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.
Speakers Simon...Read more