Resurrect Derby Racial Equality Council

Resurrect Derby Racial Equality Council

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Black Community Matters started this petition to Derby City Council Chief Executive Paul Simpson and

The death of Mark Duggan in 2011 sparked nationwide protests which turned into the largest riots the UK had experienced in a generation, yet many won't even remember his name. The death of George Floyd and the anguish that has cascaded from it, has been a catalyst for the resurgence of The Black Lives Matter Movement, notably raising awareness about police and community interactions, criminal justice shortcomings and shedding light on a number of other racial disparities in areas such as health, education, employment and politics.


To this end members of Black Community Matters (BCM) worked with other groups/individuals to make a significant contribution to the Black Lives Matter Derby Manifesto, which outlines key areas that require change in order to improve the lives of Black people in Derby. The Manifesto was launched on July 31st 2020 and has been endorsed by key statutory and other agencies and organisations.
While we continue to press home the urgency of the changes required and give agencies and organisations time to implement change, we now turn our attention to working with the community at the grassroots level in order to build. a coalition, capacity and infrastructure across a spectrum of stakeholder groups and organisations.


Alongside existing inequalities of Islamophobia, Antisemitism, the Windrush injustices and the hostile environment for migrants and refugees, George Floyd’s death reached far beyond the black community to shed light on injustice for many ethnic minority groups both internationally and in the UK.
Indeed, we have all seen the news stories and read the reports, Black, Asian and, more recently, other ethnic minority groups notably from Eastern Europe and other migrant and refugee communities are exponentially more likely to be victims of police violence, ‘stop and search’,  account for an alarmingly disproportionate number of incarcerations and are over-represented among those with poor health, education and economic outcomes.

The key action for which we are seeking support is in reclaiming the now defunct Derby Racial Equality Council  (DREC). DREC operated for many years from 31 Normanton Road, Derby DE12GJ  and had the following as two of its objectives:
1.    To work towards the elimination of racial discrimination, and
2.    To promote equality of opportunity, good race relations, between persons of different racial groups especially in the City of Derby and the County of Derbyshire. Alongside information on previous board members,  according to  the Charities Commission website Derby CRE was registered on June 4th 1990 and removed on August 14th 2012 and that is as much information as we could find and yet the building at 31 Normanton Road remains locked up and disused.


This petition is a rallying call for support to resurrect Derby Racial Equality Council and for members of the community who represent different ethnic minority groups to put themselves forward to assist in the rebuilding of this important institution.
We need your support to make it happen. Please sign this petition and pass it on. If you represent an ethnic minority group in the City please get in touch so we can start a dialogue.

Join our Black Community Matters Round table discussion on Martin Luther King Day, January 18th 2021. See our FB page for upcoming details https://www.facebook.com/Resurrect-Derby-Council-for-Racial-Equality-DREC-102740351688816

Please  consider contributing to the gift of racial equality by supporting our crowdfunding  campaign to create a DREC start up fund. See our FB page above for upcoming details

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