News of the launch today (Tuesday) of a new national civil rights organisation for Black people in the UK was welcomed by the Law Centres Network.
The organisation, named Black Equity Organisation (BEO), is modelled on the American not-for-profit the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People. Over a century old, NAACP has been of central importance to the US civil rights movement of the 1960s. The same civil rights movement was also the wellspring for Law Centres in the UK.
Racial discrimination in the justice and immigration systems and in rights is one of the six main issues that BEO sets out to address. As with other issues such as racial disparities in housing, health, education and economic opportunities, the organisation's outlook and aims have much in common with those of the Law Centres movement.
Julie Bishop, director of the Law Centres Network, said:
“The Law Centres Network welcomes the launch of Black Equity Organisation. The UK has some way to go in dismantling structural racism and delivering real inclusion and equality. We look forward to working with BEO to fight racial discrimination and injustice and to achieve lasting social change.”
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