Equality and Human Rights Framework

Messages from BME voluntary sector leaders to Equalities Minister

Thursday 1 May 2014

UKREN member JUST West Yorkshire brought together leading BME voluntary sector leaders to write messages to the new Equalities Minister, Sajid Javid: UKREN member JUST West Yorkshire has brought together BME voluntary sector leaders to write their messages to the new Equalities Minister, Sajid Javid.

The Director of JUST West Yorkshire opened the messages with the following points:

Dear Mr. Sajid Javid,

JUST West Yorkshire would like to congratulate you on your appointment as the newly appointed Equalities Minister. Following your appointment, JUST invited leading organisations working on race equality to deliver a direct message to you and it is clear from their responses that there is unease over the current situation. 
You take over your portfolio at a time when ethnic minority confidence in your government is at an all time low. Your government’s negative rhetoric on race, immigration, asylum seekers, Gypsies and Travellers has created an environment, which has divided communities; undermined community cohesion; and legitimised xenophobia.

Your government’s relentless assault on equalities legislation and its failure to articulate a clear race equality policy has served to exacerbate inequality, deprivation and poverty among ethnic minority communities.

We hope you will take the time to reflect on their messages and we collectively look forward to an early meeting with you to discuss how we can work to progress the race equality agenda.

Ratna Lachman

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