Brent Labour Group passes Cllr Shahzad’s motion in support of Black Lives Matter

At their most recent meeting Brent Labour Group passed Cllr Ahmad Shahzad's motion, standing in solidarity with BAME people in America, in Britain, and around the world. Here is the full motion:

Brent Labour Group notes with serious concern and distress the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in America on 25 May 2020, and the subsequent protests and demonstrations against police and state brutality towards black people in America and around the world, and the systemic racism that exists within our society. 

Brent Labour Group also notes with alarm the response of the President of the United States of America and his administration, using extreme force to crush and repel protesters. 

We cannot shy away from confronting racism at home in our city and in Brent. The tragic events in Fryent Park – the murder of sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibba Henry and the subsequent unconscionable acts by two police officers remind us that racism is still here amongst us. 

Brent Labour Group further notes the release of the government report into the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people. 

It is a matter of life and death – government must take action now to tackle the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Brent’s communities. 

Brent Labour Group resolves: 

  • To stand in complete solidarity with BAME people in America, in Britain, and around the world. 
  • To give its support to the Black Lives Matter movement. 
  • To lobby for immediate government action on to address the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic people 
  • To work with the community and the police in Brent to ensure that policing in the borough is proportionate and fair to all residents. 

To call on the Government to: 

  • Make urgent changes to Government policy and guidance to protect BAME communities as the Public Health England report requested and implement the amendments to the equality bill of 2010 in regards to equal rights in politics and public life. 
  • Implement an action plan as requested by the Chair of the BMA (British Medical Association) to reduce the risk to BAME employees and to address the underlying issues. 
  • Implement recommendations of Public Health England’s inquiry recommendations on BAME deaths on Covid-19 . 
  •  Implement an immediate suspension of export licences of sales of arms to the US, including riot shields, tear gas, rubber bullets and small arms and an investigation into how British arms are being used in internal repression and violations of civil rights. 
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