The Haldane Society of Socialist Layers is pleased to continue its series of lectures with an event on the Windrush scandal.

On Thursday 21st May we are hosting two excellent speakers to discuss one of the most important issues in migration, government and race relations.

Grace Brown is a barrister at Garden Court chambers. She specialises in public law, and has a particular focus on human rights, immigration and refugee law.

Patrick Vernon is a social commentator, campaigner and cultural historian. He has been particularly active in campaigning for recognition and justice for those affected by the Windrush scandal.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Details for joining the meeting will be distributed nearer the time. Because places are limited, please do let us know if you can no longer attend.

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The Ubele Initiative is organising a national community call to action online event on Monday 27th April 2020

The ‘The Emergency Community Conversation’ event aims to bring together a range of information and perspectives on what’s happening in the BAME community in relation to the Coronavirus.

Ubele is keen that we have the voice of a range of black and brown people nationally with interesting perspectives on why and how this emergency is impacting on us. It feels important at this time that we take more control of the narrative of the pandemic, particularly with the disproportionate number of BAME people contracting and dying from the virus.

Panellists: Patrick Vernon (The Windrush Campaign), Yvonne Field (The Ubele Initiative) Barbary Gray (Mayoress of Lewisham), Dr Kevin Fenton (London Regional Director of Public Health England), Otis Thomas (The African Pot); Dee Woods (Food Policy and Practice) and Charity So White.  We are also expecting senior faith leaders and members of parliament, plus other community organisers.

Ubele will also be launching our BAME community organisations’ report and  a 10 point community action plan at this event.

Join us!


joel augustus rogersThe Rise and Development of Black Print Culture

Using the work of Joel Augustus Rogers (1880- 1966) as a case study, examine the role of the journalist, political activist, artist, and publisher in countering racist stereotypes, by creating a black led perspective on print media, collected on people from the African Diaspora within books, newspapers, hand bills and pamphlets.

Date: Thursday 12 March 2015
Time: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Venue: Clore Learning Centre



Mission to the Land of Misplaced Memories

Gaylene Gould and WriteTalkListen/ dubmorphology (Gary Stewart and Trevor Mathison)
A collaborative team using research and performance, sound and visual installation to explore how culture and history shapes our intimate memories.

Memory gaps confuse their ships co-ordinates while ghosts of misplaced memories leak from government archives. Countries are suing Britain demanding the reparation of their own memory banks and the crew has been guided back to Tate by a trail of sugar. In the hope of getting back on course, the crew plan to dock the SS Sugar Ship to discover the truth behind the secrets that have kept them drifting through space and time.

Over five days Anamnesis and her crew will collect and sonically re-master the memories of invited experts, gallery visitors and the building itself. Visitors are invited on board the SS Sugar Ship to participate by joining the discussions, retrieving their own lost memories and contributing their recollections to the sonic data bank.
Will this re-tune the crew’s instruments or create more memory holes?

Date: Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15 February 2015
Time: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Venue: Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG


Sugar In The Blood, Salt In The Wounds: The Second Huntley Symposium

Explore Your Family History: a chance to learn from experts and discover the best methods for using sources held in Britain, Africa and the Caribbean.

Andrea Stuart, Keynote speaker, will read from her book, Sugar in the Blood.
‘Much of the fiery magic of this book arises from Stuart’s ability to knit together her imaginative speculations with family research, secondary sources, and the work of historians of the region…Sutart spins this rich material into a colourful and complicated narrative… astounding’ New York Times

Patrick Vernon, OBE
Family history from an African Diaspora perspective involves following a journey through the legacy of enslavement by looking at maps, documentary records, oral history and DNA. Patrick will share two case studies highlighting the slave routes from the Transatlantic and the Indian Ocean slave trades based on his family history and the life of the late Walter Mbotela who lived in Frere Town, Mombasa in Kenya.

Guy Grannum
Guy Grannum’s presentation will show how to use sources from The National Archives to research First World War Caribbean service personnel.Guy is an experienced genealogist with English/Bajan roots, who has published three editions of Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors (Bloomsbury, 2012). He is the Discovery Product Manager at The National Archives.

Date: Saturday 21 February 2015
Time: 11:00am to 4:30pm
Venue: London Metropolitan Archives

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How Important is the BAME Vote?

Discussion on the impact, importance, patterns and relevance of votes cast by UK citizens of African/Caribbean & other BAME heritage.

Labour: Patrick Vernon OBE, Hackney Councilor & founder of Great Black Britons Campaign
Lib Dems: Lester Holloway Sutton Councilor
The Conservatives, Greens, & UKIP parties have also been invited

Key note speech by Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote
Overview by Diane Abbott MP for Hackney North & Stoke Newington
Organized by Ngoma Bishop on behalf of BEMA

Date: Wednesday 23rd October, 2013
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A OAA

Admittance only by booking through Eventbrite – To book click here

In Conversation 100 Great Black Britons

Launched in 2003 by Patrick Vernon OBE, the 100 Great Black Britons list made accessible the history of Black achievement in Britain. Ten years after its launch, the website is still the most popular site on the black presence and historical achievement of people of African descent and the diaspora in Britain.

The success of Barak Obama, the first US president of African descent, has raised the aspirations of Black people in Britain, catalysing a debate on past, current and future achievements. Earlier this year, a petition with over 36,000 supporters, including high profile personalities, helped retain Great Black Britons Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano on the National Curriculum. What are the issues, challenges and impact of black achievement in Britain today? And who should we be calling Great?

Patrice Lawrence (Every Generation Media) will chair a debate on black achievement and British identity with Chuka Umunna, MP, Shadow Business Minister, Rev Rose Hudson–Wilkins, The House of Commons Speaker’s Chaplain, Elizabeth Pears, News Editor, The Voice newspaper, Dean Atta, writer and poet and Patrick Vernon OBE, Founder of 100 Great Black Britons.

Date: 31 October 2013
Time: 19:00-20:00
Venue: National Portrait Gallery, London

For more information click here

PLIAS Resettlement is stepping up to the mark to fill a gap with the development of a mentoring programme geared towards supporting the over representation of BME individuals who have been through the criminal justice or mental health systems.

PLIAS is offering a solution based liaison and diversion advocacy and support programme for Black and Ethnic individuals which test alternatives to custodial sentences, by delivering supported care in the community. The mentoring programme is the cornerstone of PLIAS Resettlement Court Liaison and Diversion Project covering the London Boroughs of Brent and Harrow.

Launching the project and findings from the one year pilot will be Lord Boateng and Lord Bradley, Cllr Patrick Vernon, Graham Durcan, David Truswell and key speakers from Central and local Government and the voluntary and community sector. The Chair of the event will be Clive Martin, Director of Clinks.

Date: Tuesday 21st May 2013
Time: 12pm to 4pm
Venue: The Hub, 6 Hillside, Stonebridge Centre, London, NW10 8BN

For more information about this event please contact Norma Hoyte or Tom Chandler on 0208 838 6800 or email or

IDEA Symposium 2013

On the May 10, 2013 the University of Warwick will be holding IDEA Symposium 2013, a day demonstrating the benefits of close collaboration between researchers and research users, and discussing strategies to overcome the barriers to such collaborations.

Speakers will reflect on key issues, tools and strategies for integrating and communicating academic, clinical and social research findings ‘on the ground’ and to a wide variety of audiences, from politicians to patients and their care-givers. The event will also build on the insights and evidence generated by speakers and by a panel of researchers from the clinical and social sciences, humanities and the arts. Hackney Councillor Patrick Vernon, OBE will be discussing evidence in local politics and the third sector.

The IDEA Symposium will offer a venue in which participants will

  • Learn from the experiences of research users from local government, the media, the Third Sector, and industry;
  • Evaluate examples of best practice from a wide range of disciplines; andShare their extensive of research and practice in addressing questions of ethnicity and health.There is no registration fee, and parking, lunch and refreshments will be provided.For more information about the event click here or to register click here (Please note places are limited so please register early)

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Women Empowered International Fundraising Charity Launch

Learn about the inspirational plans that Women Empowered International have to challenge the growing problem of youth homelessness,

Cllr Patrick Vernon will be one of the guest speakers for the women Empowered International Fundraising Charity Launch. Other key speakers include Andrew Sandersof St Mungo’s and youth community officer Jason St. Charles.

Performances will be held by singer Cathey Edgar, poet Donna Parkinson and Angela Edgar.

There will be cultrual performances, refreshments and the opportunity to network with local councillors, community groups and support agencies.

Date: Saturday 27th April 2013
Time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: The Grange, Neaseden Roundabout, Neasden Lane, NW10 1QB
(Free admission)

For more information visit or contact the chairperson Kerrin Pringle on 07956 150 140

Healthwatch England and Local Healthwatch – Implementation, integration and ‘putting patients at the heart of the NHS’

This timely seminar will offer an opportunity to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the consumer champion in the reformed NHS, and the priorities for Healthwatch England’s first year and beyond.

Planned sessions focus on the rollout of local Healthwatch, and how they can build on the work of Local Involvement Networks. Delegates will also discuss how Healthwatch will work alongside other bodies including the Care Quality Commission, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Health and Wellbeing Boards; as well as its independence and influence, and issues of funding.

Cllr Patrick Vernon, committee member for Healthwatch England will discuss the priorities for the national consumer champion.

Some of the other key note speakers will include addresses from Professor David Black, Dean Director of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery and Assessor, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Enquiry; Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive, ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations); Patricia Kearney, Interim Director of Adult Services, SCIE; Christine Lenehan, Director, Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and Committee Member, Healthwatch England and Councillor David Rogers, Chair, Community Wellbeing Board, LGA.

Date: Wednesday, 24th April 2013
Time: 9am – 1pm
Venue: Princess Alexandra Hall, Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR

To book your place click here

Black Britain series – The Caribbean in Sepia

Patrick Vernon of Every Generation Media and Ian Randle, a publisher in Jamaica, will discuss The Caribbean in Sepia: A History in Photographs 1840-1900.

The presenters will discuss Michael Ayre’s book which presents a visual narrative of the Caribbean world and analyses how the old Caribbean order of slavery and plantation sugar was swept aside by a series of fundamental changes which reached into the deepest corners of economic life and society.

To read more about the book click here

Date: Tuesday 16th April, 2013
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Room 349, Senate House, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1

Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register.

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Patient and Carer Education Seminar

The Sickle Cell Society is holding the first Patient Education Day for 2013. The event entitled “Commissioning what does it mean for me?” will look at welfare reform, discuss what commissioning will mean for patients and how the patient watchdog body HealthWatch England will work locally.

To view agenda click here

Date: Saturday 9th March 2013
Time: 9am
Venue: Grand Connaught Room 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, England WC2B 5DA,

To register for the event click here


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