BARAC – Black Activists Rising Against The Cuts – provided a platform for discussion on the rapid gentrification of Brixton and the negative effects this has on the black community. Lee Jasper founder of BARAC spoke from a position of experience and frustration about the ethnic cleansing taking place in Brixton as some one who has spent decades working towards the rights of African, Caribbean, Asian and minority ethnic communities in Brixton.
“We are a coalition of black public and voluntary sector workers, trade unionists, community organisations, service users and concerned individuals whose aim is to create a critical mass of opposition to the intended Government plans to cut vital services and sack thousands of black workers across the country. “
Black history Walks gave a video seminar/presentation that investigated the systemic racism within petrifaction process and how it has always had negative consequences for African and Caribbean communities throughout the Diaspora.
in April 2014 Zita Holbourne of BARAC curated Roots Culture and Identity an exhibition of works by young black artists to show work at the TUC Congress House. Without any directive breif from Zita, there was a very tangible cohesion of thematic imagery, visual celebrations of healthy happy blackness, protective patterns, angry reflective questions and a breath of solidarity.
This campaign is determined to defend both jobs and services. In the face of the most draconian cuts to public sector spending ever seen in a generation it is important that Black communities including public sector workers, trade unions, community third sector organisations and service users come together to defend black communities from complete economic and social devastation.
With African, Caribbean, Asian and minority ethnic communities constituting some of the poorest sections of British society any disproportionate cuts to national, regional or local services will have devastating effects.
Our communities already suffer the highest rates of poverty and unemployment in the UK. Racism in the labour market has resulted in the large majority of those in employment working in either the public or voluntary sectors. Both provide key services to vulnerable members of our communities.
Deprived black communities who are already victims of acute racism, social and economic deprivation and exclusion will be dumped in an inner city underclass suffering increased rates of unemployment and poverty.
Who we are
This is a joint initiative organised by Zita Holbourne, a member of the Public and Commercial Services Union National Executive Committee and TUC Race Relations Committee and Lee Jasper, Political Advisor to the 1990 Trust.
The four main objectives of the campaign are:
• To campaign and defend jobs and services.
• To highlight the disproportionate and adverse impact of the huge reduction of public spending on deprived communities in particular black communities.
• To provide a campaigning platform to fight against cuts in jobs and services including on any adverse, disproportionate impact on black workers and communities.
• To work in partnership and build alliances with others facing and fighting similar attacks.