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Statement on the death of George Floyd and the need for Equality for BAME people here and around the world.

Woking Labour stands in solidarity with the family of George Floyd after his horrific and tragic death in Minneapolis, which has rightly received condemnation from people across communities in both the US, here and around the world.

As Spike Lee has said with reference to current events in the US: ‘if you leave the kettle on the stove, it will boil over’.

Coronavirus has disproportionately devastated minority communities both in the US, in the UK and elsewhere.  In the UK, adjusting for age, ONS data shows that black people are four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people.  (Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are more than three times as likely, and Indians more than twice as likely.  BAME people account for 13.4 % of the population and 34% of the patients admitted to our intensive care units.)

What is more, carers have it worst. 1 in 5 nursing and support staff are BAME but they comprise two-thirds of coronavirus deaths among workers.  72% of all health and social care staff who have died with Covid-19 are BAME.

Why is this? Black people, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are concentrated in the kinds of jobs where you might contact the virus. We know that these three groups are more likely to live in overcrowded housing; more likely to live in deprived neighbourhoods, more likely to experience higher unemployment, higher poverty and lower incomes than white people[1] [2].

Moreover, in this country, black people face systemic injustice and official denial.  Black people are more than twice as likely as a white person to die in police custody[3] and there is a clear direct association between ethnic group and the odds of receiving a custodial sentence.[4]

As Gary Younge concludes “…the case on whether more jobs, better pay and better housing would make a difference is closed. Inequality is killing us: being black is a pre-existing condition.”

Woking CLP and the Labour Party nationally, in solidarity with Black people and other minority ethnic communities, must ensure that Britain builds back better by dismantling the structures that sustain systemic racism across the country, whether that be in the criminal justice system, in employment, education, health or housing.

 

[1] https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2020/06/we-cant-breathe

[2] https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/poverty-rates-among-ethnic-groups-great-britain

[3] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/52890363

[4] Black people are 53% more likely to be sent to prison for an indictable at the Crown Court, seen when factoring in higher not-guilty plea rates. Black men are 26% more likely than white men to be remanded in custody. They are also nearly 60-% more liley to plead not guilty. (Prison Reform Trust: http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/WhatWeDo/ProjectsResearch/Race)

School-made PPE Visors (in the absence of PPE from government) – 8th May 2020

Andy Berriman, Woking Labour member and teacher at Three Rivers Academy Secondary School in Hersham, has been working with other schools to make plastic PEE visors for local NHS services and care-homes. Continue reading “School-made PPE Visors (in the absence of PPE from government) – 8th May 2020”