The Black Lives Matter movement has inspired Labour members to take action to address racism and consider the UK’s historical and current role in the perpetuation of discriminatory power structures across the world.
Hornsey and Wood Green Labour hosted 90 members for a discussion on the BLM movement.
First up, Dr Thayahlan Iyngkaran spoke about how racism is a major driver of health inequalities in this country – with Covid 19 serving to further illuminate an issue that has been known for decades. Next, Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP spoke about the structural nature of racism and that it is not enough to simply pay lip service to the movement – instead we must campaign for systematic change. Councillor Mark Blake spoke about the racial bias in policing – demonstrated so clearly by the well publicised incidents in Haringey over the past month. Finally, Joy Wallace outlined her plans to establish a Hornsey and Wood Green BAME
The meeting was a starting point as we develop anti racist campaigns across the borough.