Voting campaigners should link with “marginal” communities — Tip 4

By Thomas L Blair © 2015

OBV voting bus, with acknowledgement
OBV voting bus, with acknowledgement

Get-out-the-vote campaigners entered marginal seat Nottingham in an eye-catching orange touring bus. It was bursting with voter registration computers, and a powerful message.

Like latter day Robin Hoods, they came to curb uncaring politicians and empower Black and Asian target groups – youth, women, the elders, and faith-based co-religionists.

 

 

 

With rights activist and master tweeter, Lee Jasper, warming up the  crowds

in the  Town Hall square, a symbol of municipal authority —

 

OBV leader Simon Wooley warned candidates:Simon Wooley, courtesy of  The Guardian

“Putting race equality on the agenda is no longer an option but rather a question of their own political survival.”

 

 

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Author’s note: My research suggests that one-stop canvassing once every five-yearly general election cannot bring the needs and views of the aggrieved margins to the centre of public affairs. I sense an appetite for a national umbrella group, Notting slums circ the 1960swith local branches and cyber-organisers with smart media networks and web sites,  to add social action to the Black and Asian political agenda for change; an optimistic  prospect the Nottingham Afro-Caribbean and Asian Forum (ACAP) and groups in all the marginal electoral districts  might feel confident to partner.

Why? Because voting is at its core a democratic instrument to relieve the stigma of marginality by origin, race, religion, and class and similar barriers to opportunity.  A stigma that afflicts Black and Asian minorities more perhaps than their co-residents in the historically worst white working class districts. Indeed, they came and found that poverty was the hallmark of the “forgotten Englishmen” until council estates replaced the wretched slums in the mid-20th century.  Furthermore, current data  from official sources shows that Nottingham ranks 20th out of 327 deprived cities in Britain. Nationally, Blacks and Asians are worse placed however in Liverpool the most deprived city in the nation —   Manchester is fourth and Birmingham ninth.)

Read more:

The Impact Agenda
Prof Thomas L  Blair explores the use of Internet and social media by Black communities and scholars to disseminate ideas, and calls for this material to be captured and preserved as part of Britain’s cultural heritage.
http://socialwelfare.bl.uk/subject-areas/services-activity/community-development/editionsblair/impact14.aspx

On the OBV Nottingham roadshow

http://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/obv-roadshow-stops-nottingham

Directory of Nottingham’s BMEs

http://www.nottinghamequal.org/BME-Organisations/14

 On the “underclass” stigma

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Underclass-A-History-Excluded-1880-2000/dp/1852855541/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=07EJMTFBFVDVE8S8NYSX

 On the Nottingham riots in 2011, look also for pre-Notting Hill 1958 disturbances

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-14472172

On historic white working class slums and today’s  council estates where many people experience high levels of crime and unemployment, poor health and educational achievement, low skills and low standards of housing and the environment.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Poverty-Forgotten-Englishmen-Ken-Coates/dp/0851243967

and

St Ann’s, a case study of the poverty of marginality

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0851247326/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_2?pf_rd_p=569136327&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0851243967&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=0SERC6BWEGB4YYVX3KDZ

On Nottingham place in the high ranking deprived districts of the nation:
http://www.nottinghampost.com/City-moves-league-deprived-areas/story-12181222-detail/story.html#ixzz3X0g3ME4I

The African Caribbean and Asian Forum (ACAF)
ACAF, a Voluntary Sector Organisation, assists Nottingham’s Black and Minority Ethnic Communities with projects in Health, Public Involvement, Volunteering, and Adult Social Care. An associated group, Bright Ideas, supports positive changes in the places where BMEs live.

 

 

 

 

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