October 29, 2018, by Claire Henson
The National Windrush Conference
Start Date: November 17, 2018 at 10:00am
End Date: November 17, 2018 at 4:00pm
Event link: https://nationalwindrushconference.eventbrite.co.uk/
Location: The University of Nottingham, Business School South, Lecture Theatre B52, Jubilee Campus
Presented by ‘Nottingham Windrush Support Forum in partnership with the Windrush Black Lawyers Group.
The public outcry regarding the Windrush scandal comes a time of great uncertainty in UK politics. The debate about Brexit has divided the country and brought to the fore key questions about what it means to be British, the notion of ‘who belongs’, who is part of the UK – and most notably, the beginning of a normalisation of what many describe as a ‘hostile environment’ towards those regarded as being ‘the other’.
For Britain’s African Caribbean and African communities, the ongoing treatment of the Windrush generation by the UK Government is the most stark example of this and has unearthed the emergence of strategic campaigning and actions amongst BME communities up and down the country and within national politics and the legal profession. However urgent and more coherent thinking and action is required.
This national conference convened by the National BAME Lawyers for Justice in association with the Nottingham Windrush Support Forum, the Identities, Citizenship, Equalities and Migration Centre (ICEMIC), in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and Nottingham University more widely is part of this ongoing campaign.
Essentially a ‘Big Conversation and Call for Action’, this conference uniquely brings together three essential pillars – the Legal, Community and Political.
The meeting will have eminent national and local speakers involved in the Windrush Scandal to date. There will be a panel and Q&A session. The meeting will:
- Discuss and update on the current position politically, legally and on community levels.
- Hear first-hand the experiences of Windrushers; their families and the implications of this for our ongoing campaign.
- Explore ways of ensuring that the ongoing campaign becomes more coordinated and has a strong national, strategic, regional and local dimensions.
Intended outcomes for the conference:
- Agree on the principles of a strong community engagement and media strategy
- Conclude with key demands that are borne out of the best legal considerations, that will be positioned to the Home Secretary and Prime Minister
The keynote speakers will be publicised soon.
There will be free lunch and refreshment available on the day.
Book your place via Eventbrite.