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CONTENTS

Foreword by Professor Cecile Wright

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Executive Summary

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Black Lives Matter Derby Pledges

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Poverty and Reparative Economic Justice

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Derby City Council Responsibilities

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Police & Criminal Justice Agencies & Fire Service

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NHS

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Youth Services, Schools & Education Providers

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Political Parties

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Media Organisations

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Community Organisations

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Business Agencies

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Social, Arts, Heritage & Culture Services

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Manifesto in the making

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FOREWORD In response to the killing of George Floyd in the USA protests occurred throughout the world. The groundswell of protests in the US and the UK represents a crucial moment. These protests adopted and heightened the prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Derby on 7th June 2020, up to 2000 people gathered outside the Council House to voice their concerns. The dominant theme of this protest was for Change. A specific demand was a call for wider Black representation in all sectors across the city of Derby and notably for an end to the exclusion of Black people from local political representation. Following the Rally members of the Black community in Derby developed a strategic plan of action to address issues of racism with specific reference to the Black1 community. The cumulative outcome of the aforementioned events concludes that the choices we make today will have a lasting impact for generations to come. Black Lives Matter Derby recognises the need to work in partnership, collectively, openly acknowledging the racial imbalances inherent in society, and to seize the opportunity to set a new precedent for the future of the city of Derby. The following Manifesto from Black Lives Matter Derby is a statement of action needed to address the racism experienced by the Black community. This a transformational moment.

Professor Cecile Wright, Chair of Black Lives Matter Derby

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Black referring specifically to people of African and Caribbean heritage

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Black Lives Matter Derby is constituted from a cross section of members of Derby’s Black community. Black Lives Matter Derby emerges from and builds on the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement. Black Lives Matter Derby is seeking to dismantle the structural racism that blights the lives of Black people. Black Lives Matter Derby seeks to: ➢ Re-establish a local Race Equality Council.

➢ Address the minimal coverage and misrepresentation of the Black community in the local media

➢ Create a consultancy service to advise on issues of racism and tackle racial injustice.

➢ Address issues of inequality in educational provision and outcomes.

➢ Develop media platforms and skills to amplify Black voices.

➢ Ensure that the local community and voluntary sectors address issues of inequality.

➢ Ensure that health inequalities are addressed by the health sector, including the NHS. ➢ Seek funding for intergenerational mentoring.

➢ Work with the business sector – including local business and the Chamber of Commerce - to improve employment practices, opportunities and outcomes for Black communities.

➢ Address the unequal treatment of Black people in the local Criminal Justice System.

➢ Work with local arts & cultural organisations to raise the profile of Black history and community events.

➢ Ensure that Derby City Council deals with issues of racial injustices and structural racism – meaningfully and not symbolically.

➢ Work with local political parties and national bodies to increase Black representation in the City of Derby.

➢ Increase Black representation among Derby’s political elected representatives from its current level of one Black Councillor.

➢ Call upon local institutions and businesses to clarify any historical gain from slavery, including compensation paid to slave owners upon abolition, and to make reparations payments to the local Black community .

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BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY PLEDGES It is well documented that racism in the UK is systemic, endemic and structural2. Racism is manifested in the many forms of discrimination that blight the lives of Black people. Black Lives Matter Derby is demanding the dismantling of structural racism3.

Black Spaces Matter hate crime, workplace discrimination and independent input on policies and investigations. Training and educational initiatives and Black Lives Matter surgeries will also be run from a hub, plus work in partnership to ensure key dates such as Black History Month and Windrush Day are celebrated across multiple venues.

Black Lives Matter Derby will work for the re-establishment of a local Racial Equality Council with its main focus on Black inequality in the city. Since the demise of the local Racial Equality Council a focus on Black inequality has been lacking in the City, with the B in ‘BAME’ hidden in broader data, often left without a voice and resulting in the under representation of Black communities.

Black Lives Matter Derby will work in an inclusive way and recognises the diverse experiences of Black people across cultures and intersectional identities.

Black Lives Matter Derby will seek infrastructure support to develop a consultancy service offering independent advice on racism cases, racial harassment,

Black Voices Matter People’s Diary and Derby Sound Community Radio to amplify Black voices in Derby.

Black Lives Matter Derby will develop a panel of experts, scrutineers and opinion formers to interface with the media, business and advertisement scrutiny panel to challenge under representation and misrepresentation. This will include media coverage and doing work around Black portrayals in mainstream media.

Black Lives Matter Derby will deliver media skills training to equip more Black people in the community to create blogs, vlogs, podcasts, zines, digital campaigns and broadcasts.

Black Lives Matter Derby will create its own media platforms, including social media, and work with existing grassroots media projects such as Mash-Up Youth Provision, M-prez Enterprise, Derby

Black Lives Matter Derby will lobby for dedicated regular features within existing mainstream media outlets to amplify Black voices, including a regular feature in the

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https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/healing-divided-britain-needcomprehensive-race-equality-strategy 3 https://www.runnymedetrust.org/blog/connecting-the-dots-structural-racism-in-2019-and-beyond

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Derby Telegraph and regular airtime on BBC Radio Derby.

accurate statistical information on the local Black community in relation to service delivery, recruitment, selection, appointments, promotion, representation and so forth.

Black Lives Matter Derby will engage with public services to advise on policy development and how to build trust in services and improve outcomes for Black people.

Black Lives Matter Derby will work to build democratic participation and mobilise the 'Black vote' locally, drawing on good practice including London's Operation Black Vote.

Black Lives Matter Derby will lobby all sectors to ensure the compilation of

Black Minds Matter heightened pain of high-profile racism cases and the backlash experienced when speaking up on matters of racial injustice.

Black Lives Matter Derby will lobby for improved mental health services including resources to recognise the wellbeing impact of daily micro-aggressions and the

Black Bodies Matter Black Lives Matter Derby will lobby health services to address unequal health and healthcare satisfaction rates and outcomes.

Black Lives Matter Derby will collaborate with and amplify existing community-led Black health and body-positive projects.

Black Visions Matter Black Lives Matter Derby will support, celebrate and showcase local Black business and social entrepreneurs.

Black Lives Matter Derby will work with local institutions and public agencies to dismantle barriers and structural racism that hinder life chances.

Black Lives Matter Derby will amplify the stories and representation of local and global Black role models.

Black Lives Matter Derby will work to dislodge internalised oppression that causes pain, self-doubt and self-limiting beliefs and work to build self-love to unleash the full potential and dreams of the Black community

Black Lives Matter Derby will celebrate and improve representations of the Black family.

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Black Future Leaders Matter bring together local Black community and youth groups to develop a Black Lives Matter youth empowerment and leadership programme.

Black Lives Matter Derby will seek funding for inter-generational, mutual mentoring, skill-shares and work on succession planning for Black community leaders and

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POVERTY AND REPARATIVE ECONOMIC JUSTICE - BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY Action required by Central and Local government Context In June 2020 the Government published findings about people living with deprivation in 2019. Across the UK, of the population of the most income-deprived 10% of neighbourhoods, using the 2019 English indices of deprivation, some 15.2% are Black.4 The same report notes that Black people make up 12.4% of the residents in the 10% most employment-deprived neighbourhoods. [See footnote 6.] The percentage of Black children living in households in low income, on a threeyear average, FYE 2016 to FYE 2018 was 30%.5 The most recently released data from the National Travel Survey found that 41% of Black households have no access to a car or van.6 We call on the public sector for help in eliminating racism. Specifically: ➢ Black Lives Matter Derby calls on Central Government and the Derby City Council to acknowledge the damage done by their austerity policies and the disproportionate impact on already disadvantaged Black communities. ➢ The Austerity inflicted on the UK since 2008 has exacerbated the endemic, structural and systematic racist economic injustice experienced generationally by Black people. ➢ Black Lives Matter Derby demands a public participatory role for the Black community to ensure fair distribution of resources and that impact assessments of budgets are carried out before policies are implemented in their neighbourhoods and on their lives.

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https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/nationalaccounts/uksectoraccounts/compendium/economicreview/februa ry2020/childpovertyandeducationoutcomesbyethnicity#child-poverty-and-ethnicity 6 https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/culture-and-community/transport/car-or-vanownership/latest#by-ethnicity

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DERBY CITY COUNCIL RESPONSIBILITIES - BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY Actions required from Derby City Council to ensure that Black Lives Matter. ➢ Provide a Black Lives Matter statement detailing how the Council is addressing issues of injustice, racism, and discrimination in Derby with specific data and actions on employment and housing inequalities, workforce recruitment, retention and pay grade profiles by ethnicity. ➢ Provide a public report on the impact of ‘hostile environment’ policies over the last ten years upon Black people in Derby & Derbyshire including the impact on health due to the use of immigration powers, detentions and deportations and the involvement of any local agencies in Windrush Scandal cases.

➢ Commitment to deliver unconscious bias training for all staff, and tailored leadership schemes and mentoring for Black staff. ➢ Equality & Diversity leads should be appointed via local Black Communities, not by members of an external political party, this will allow the voice of the people to be projected through someone they can identify with and recognise.

➢ Engage with the City of Sanctuary initiative and report on good practice steps to improve the lives of Black Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Derby.

➢ Identify a budget to carry out a local fact-finding and needs assessment to deliver services to address the impact of Covid 19 on local Black communities.

➢ Establish, as part of the Council’s equalities strategy, the publication of findings around racial equality within the organisation with the aim of making it more inclusive, particularly for Black staff.

➢ Commit resources and set targets for education department leaders to ensure implementation of the Black Lives Matter actions for youth services, schools and education providers.

➢ Commit to positive action measures to appoint Black people to senior management positions.

➢ Pledge to tackling the local overrepresentation of Black children in the looked after children population, accounting for 7% of all looked after children7.

➢ Commit to increasing the number of Black foster carers and prospective adopters and commit to placing Black children within Black families.

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➢ Conduct an audit of the number of Black applicants awaiting social housing and the average waiting time broken down by ethnic group with a view to providing greater access to housing. ➢ Reduce police involvement in social issues and support diversion of funding to agencies which specialise in mental health, youth work, crime diversion and positive life chances for Black people, helping to tackle over-policing of Black community events and activities. ➢ Review the Youth Mayor recruitment process to remove barriers for Black candidates. ➢ Conduct an audit of the profiles of the voluntary and community sector organisations which have received council funding or support in terms of their ethnic breakdown for staff, trustees and service users and commit to funding and in-kind support for more Black communities’ projects and voluntary organisations.

➢ Identify a Black Lives Matter budget, with a portion to be utilised for the employment of a Cultural Black Lives Matter Adviser with the power to ensure that specialist advice is embedded in policies, procedures and activities; furthermore, the post holder will develop tools, partnerships, multi-agency events, community workshops, education packages, and recommendations to improve the lives of Black people in Derby.

➢ Conduct an audit into all external contractors and procurement procedures to ensure they comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty and give due consideration to the impact on Black communities, and take steps to invest in Black enterprise via the supply chain.

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➢ Reinstate and publish meaningful Equality Impact Assessments with input from Black people on all proposed policies and procedures.

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POLICE & CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES & FIRE SERVICE - BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY Actions required to ensure that Black Lives Matter within the local Criminal Justice System (CJS) agencies including Derbyshire Constabulary (Police), Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Probation and Prison services, and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service: ➢ Report on the implementation of the lessons learned from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry (1999)8, the Lammy Review (2017)9 and Equality & Human Rights Commission (2016)10 providing evidence of progress made, key performance indicators and any targets to make further progress. ➢ Commission an independent racial inequalities review of Stop and Search practices in Derbyshire led by a Black professional with criminal justice and equality impact assessment experience. This must include input from the local Black community including young Black voices, actions to remedy the unequal use of these police powers and seek to build mutual trust between the police and the community. ➢ Provide a public report on the impact of ‘hostile environment’ policies over the last ten years upon Black people in Derby & Derbyshire including the use of immigration powers, detentions and deportations and the involvement of local agencies in Windrush Scandal cases . ➢ Identify a lead Equality & Diversity Manager for liaison and share current equality action plans in place for review. ➢ Share current Equality & Diversity training materials delivered for probationers (new recruits), management and other courses for review and feedback. ➢ Establish annual mandatory unconscious bias training which includes a community listening and learning event towards changing attitudes and improving community relations. ➢ Share recruitment policies and be willing to meet with key community stakeholders to review and reflect on what changes could be made. Commit to the fuller use of positive action recruitment to close the gap. ➢ Ensure there is Black representation on every recruitment & selection panel and promotion board.

8 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-stephen-lawrence-inquiry 9 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lammy-review-final-report 10 https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/healing-divided-britain-need-

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➢ State what support is given to Black staff to encourage development and career progression e.g. positive action mentoring, coaching, and training programmes. ➢ Publish an action plan to improve community engagement with, and build trust with, the local young Black community including opportunities via youth activities, lay member roles and the Cadets.

Specific to Derbyshire Constabulary ➢ Pledge the Chief Constable’s commitment to investigating the lack of diversity in new recruits over the last 12 months and implementing a 12-month action plan to address the lack of Black representation in the workforce, with specific actions to improve representation in specialist roles and at senior ranks ➢ Fund work with Black Lives Matter Derby to increase representation on decision-making and scrutiny panels e.g. Independent Advisory Group, Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels, Independent Custody Visitors, lay members on recruitment panels, and provide a report on the current levels of representation as a baseline to build on. ➢ Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner to provide a full breakdown by ethnicity of how the ‘Proceeds of Crime Fund’ has been spent, listing the communities by area that have received it and the communities that benefited by ethnicity (as per population). Ensure this fund addresses Serious Youth Violence prevention methods and success rate. ➢ Reduce Police involvement in social issues and support diversion of funding to agencies which specialise in mental health, youth work, crime prevention and so forth. Link increased policing budgets to community policing and address the issue of over-policing Black community events and activities. ➢ Use ‘Early Intervention Money’ to purchase a Community Scrutiny Toolkit for training purposes and forge links with other Police Services - such as Bedfordshire, Camden, or the New Jersey model, which cut the crime rate by 50% using a community approach, for good community practices. ➢ Specific to the Probation Service - provide materials and approaches used with hate crime offenders, for review by Black Lives Matter Derby representatives and present an analysis of differing sentencing trends for Black people and what steps are being taken to reduce disproportionate outcomes; commit to reviewing how the recent changes to the way the service is funded and organised has impacted locally and how Black voices are represented in decision-making.

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➢ Specific to Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service – provide a report on the steps taken to prevent and address racial harassment of staff, both internally and by members of the public; provide data on any areas of fire and rescue service provision where there are disproportionate trends for Black people and how this is being addressed. ➢ Specific to prisons – provide a prison population profile by ethnicity and report on areas of disproportionate impact on Black people in custody, for example different rates of satisfaction, safety incidents, complaints or rehabilitation outcomes, and the steps that are being taken to address this and the use of the taser and prisoners being locked up for 23 hours a day. ➢ Specific to CPS - provide data on any areas where there are disproportionate trends for Black people and how this is being addressed. The data should list cases taken to trial and conviction rate by ethnicity. Report on steps taken to prevent and address racial harassment of staff; ensure all statistical reports show breakdowns by ethnicity for better scrutiny and transparency to show the accurate picture of what areas need to be addressed.

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NHS - BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY Actions required of Derby & Derbyshire NHS Trusts to ensure that Black Lives Matter Context Black people were more than four times as likely as White people to be detained under the Mental Health Act. Black Caribbean people were most likely to use mental health, learning disability and autism services.11 Black people only account for 1.2% of NonMedical Very Senior Managers within the NHS workforce.12 Black males are 4.2 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than White males, and Black females are 4.3 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than White females.13 44% of Black African and 40% of Black Caribbean households live in social housing.14 We call upon the NHS sector for help in eliminating racism. Specifically: ➢ Identify funds and resources to address the further heightened mental health needs of local Black communities; include steps to address the disproportionate impact of Covid 19, the traumatic effect of George Floyd’s murder (and similar racist cases) and subsequent racism unleashed as a backlash to Black Lives Matter campaigns, recognising the cumulative impact of everyday micro-aggressions and structural racism upon the Black community.

➢ Publish a report on the disproportionate impact of Covid 19 on local Black communities and work with local authorities to take action to address this impact drawing on the Public Health England report on understanding the impact on BAME communities.15 ➢ Provide urgent guidance on Covid 19 worker culturally competent risk assessments to enable Black workers to be safe on return to work, with consideration of disproportionate risk factors.

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➢ Commit to deliver unconscious bias training to all staff and make it a part of the programme of education for medical, nursing and allied health profession students.

➢ Commit to a zero-tolerance policy on racial harassment of health and social care staff with a clear message that people don’t get to choose the colour of their Paramedic, Doctor, Nurse, etc and improve wellbeing support for staff exposed to such racism by patients or members of the public.

➢ Identify what steps are being taken to address under representation of Black communities in the NHS workforce, particularly in higher-paid specialist roles and at senior levels.

➢ Ensure there are Black representatives on each recruitment and selection panel and promotion board

➢ Invest in positive action programmes and pay audits by ethnicity to support employees from Black communities to advance their careers, achieve equal pay and have a voice at all levels of decisionmaking.

➢ Develop clear succession planning to develop Black employees through positive action initiatives such as mentoring, coaching, and training. ➢ Adopt positive action initiatives when recruiting for competitive training places or positions to ensure future qualified staff represent the communities they work within

➢ Commission research into health inequality and Derby’s Black community.

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YOUTH SERVICES, SCHOOLS & EDUCATION PROVIDERS – BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY Actions required of schools and educational institutions including Derby College and University of Derby, alternative education & training providers, and youth services to ensure that Black Lives Matter. ➢ Work with a Black Lives Matter Derby team to de-colonise the curriculum at all levels (from Early Years to Adult Education) and embed Black history, authors, artists, change-makers and icons into teaching and the learning environment. Alongside this, adopt a calendar of cultural events; act on recommendations for books and materials in school/FE/HE libraries; dedicated assemblies must be under the banner of Black Lives Matter rather than being lost in other activities such as generic 'Black Culture’, Hate Crime or commemorative days. Ensure an honest teaching of Britain’s colonial and slave trader history and the lessons to be learned from this.

➢ Commit to proactive engagement of Black mentors and role models, and tailored support for Black learners. Pledge to actively recruit more Black teachers, to ensure children and students have people they can identify with in the classroom.

➢ Work with a Black Lives Matter Derby team on an action plan with milestone targets in light of the Runnymede Report – Race and Racism in English Secondary Schools16.

➢ Pledge to dedicate resources for more learning of Black culture through the curriculum, library and learning centre resources and wider enrichment activities.

➢ Change the language of ‘attainment gap’ which suggests a lack on the part of a person’s attaining to ‘unequal education outcomes’ which recognises the systemic racial inequality.

➢ Commission Black Live Matter Derby (or other) to undertake a study of disproportionate educational outcomes in Derby and make recommendations to address inequality.

➢ Develop an independent advocacy team to support Black families engaging with educational authorities and to regularly check Black children/adult learners’ progress and satisfaction.

➢ Implement the NEU’s Anti-Racism Framework.17

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➢ Work with Black Lives Matter Derby, local teaching unions and relevant agencies to put on a conference for schools to share good practices on decolonising the curriculum, adopting inclusive school policies and tackling different rates of exclusions, opportunities and outcomes by ethnicity.

➢ Specific to the University of Derby – in addition to the above steps, work in partnership to secure funding for a Black-led research project for Black history in Derby(shire) with multi-agency collaboration including the Local Studies Library, Derbyshire Records Office and Derby Museums; as well as smaller historical and cultural groups to uncover the city’s links to slavery, as well as the contributions of Black people to innovation, community life and key moments in Derby’s timeline, including for, but not limited to, Black History Month.

➢ Identify funding sources to reinstate youth services and youth club provision with specific steps to meet the needs of young people from Black communities. ➢ Take steps to ensure each school or educational institution Board of Governors has Black representatives, avoiding the common pitfalls of a ‘lone voice’; commit to a schools/education provider partnership with Black Lives Matter Derby for a school governor recruitment drive, sharing the experience of existing Black Governors via mentoring.

➢ Work with Black-led projects such as Open Doors Forum, Hadhari, Mandela Community Centre, M-prez Enterprise and Derby West Indian Community Association, which run various projects using arts, youth workshops and activities to encourage a positive approach to learning, positive behaviour and self-worth.

➢ Engage with work by Derby Stand Up To Racism to develop anti-racism champions in schools and colleges.

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POLITICAL PARTIES – BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY Actions required from local political parties to ensure that Black Lives Matter. ➢ Publish a report showing a diversity comparison of the profile of Councillors, and local decision-makers, compared to the local population, with a statement on any efforts made to improve Black representation thus far and a list of actions that will be taken in the next six months to achieve real change.

➢ Pledge to focus on the root causes of Black inequality in order to disrupt the cycle. Further discussions should be bought forward on bigger platforms regarding European Imperialism and the residual effects of which continue to derail Black lives. Race-neutral policies will not resolve structural racism; race-forward policies will.

➢ Identify an Equality & Diversity Lead to work with Black Lives Matter Derby on improving community engagement and representation and to source effective diversity training for all Councillors and officers.

➢ Review the current absence of Black representation on the political leadership and the officer leadership of Derby City Council; identify local Black leadership potential and nurture people who can take leadership roles in the political sphere; identify funds and resources to deliver positive action training to equip people from Black communities to participate in public and political leadership roles.

➢ Invest funds and resources in positive action programmes to equip people from Black communities to participate in local politics and have a voice in party decision-making. ➢ Commission an independent equalities audit to review local party representation data spanning Councillors and officers and the membership profile, as well as reviewing policies, procedures, candidate selection process and gaining feedback from diverse stakeholders; act upon recommendations to improve participation and representation of Black people and effective policies on racism.

➢ Commit to democratic engagement and establishing a Political Leadership Programme. ➢ Commit to action to ensure Black people in the political parties are not confined to the BAME committees, or to the diverse wards and constituencies but also work as representatives across a range of all winnable political seats of public office, be it a ward, or a constituency. Where a party knows that it has a ‘safe seat’, a guaranteed win, in a particular ward or constituency then a Black candidate, especially a Black candidate who lives in that ward or constituency, should be the candidate of choice to rectify the long absence of representation.

➢ Invest in Black Lives Matter Derby work to build democratic participation and mobilise the 'Black vote' locally drawing on good practice including London's Operation Black Vote. ➢ Commit to considering all Black shortlists to rectify absence of representation.

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MEDIA ORGANISATIONS – BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY Actions required of local media outlets to ensure that Black Lives Matter. ➢ Work with Black Lives Matter Derby's evolving panel of experts, scrutineers and opinion formers for guest input and our new media, business and advertisement scrutiny panel which works to challenge under representation and misrepresentation including media coverage and doing work around Black portrayals in mainstream media ➢ Pledge not to use column inches, websites, airtime or other platforms to amplify racism and hate speech and racially divisive ‘click-bait’, including in online comments spaces. ➢ Re-evaluate representations of Black communities and pledge to avoid stereotypical narratives and stock photos and loaded language.

➢ Publish staff profile data by race, including by pay grade, with an action plan to address any underrepresentation.

➢ Invest funds and resources in positive action programmes, courses and apprenticeships to support people from Black communities towards career opportunities in the local media sector.

➢ Commit to creating dedicated regular features for proactive coverage of good news stories and issues affecting Black communities, led by Black communities shaping the coverage and editorial including in the Derby Telegraph and airtime on BBC Radio Derby. ➢ Commit to delivering meaningful Equality & Diversity training for all staff.

➢ Support grassroots community-led media initiatives and nurture emerging talent e.g. local vloggers, podcasters, digital publishers, bloggers, community media projects, etc from local Black communities.

➢ Reflect on past practices of only inviting unpaid Black voices to comment when reacting to a bad news story on racism, or fleeting coverage of a race-related headline.

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➢ QUAD Derby to commit to including and promoting the work and the contribution of previous and current local Black people to the arts and media industries.

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COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS – BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY Actions required of Community Action Derby, with the local charity community & voluntary sector, to ensure that Black Lives Matter. Context Black people were more likely to have taken part in formal volunteering than any other ethnic group.18 We call on the sector for help in eliminating racism. Specifically: ➢ Commit to Black Lives Matter Derby representation on the planned Derby Equality Alliance.

➢ Encourage a commitment by local third sector support organisations to back Black Lives Matter Derby and Black-led community organisations with greater support; this could include dedicated sessions and skill-sharing e.g. writing funding applications; supplying or encouraging the use of resources around Black history in the workplace; encouraging volunteer recruitment and training for the Black community; bringing together Black community leaders and youth groups to develop a Black Lives Matter youth empowerment and leadership programme.

➢ Meet with the City Council and Black Lives Matter Derby representatives to explore re-opening the Derby Race Equality Council. ➢ Arrange a meeting with Community Action Derby and Black Lives Matter Derby representatives to discuss actions required of the local third sector including support to establish a Race Hate Crime support network and a Black Lives Matter Forum.

➢ Create community-led small think tanks to enable Black people to engage in tackling local government policies which cause barriers to Black people obtaining good jobs and investing back into their communities, these groups could be used to also eliminate the practices harming Black people and causing disparities amongst the communities.

➢ Support an educational outreach event for the third sector to learn about how to ensure that their projects, campaigns and volunteer groups are inclusive and adopt the Black Lives Matter action points.

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BUSINESS AGENCIES – BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY Actions required of local business support, Chamber of Commerce and enterprise agencies to ensure that Black Lives Matter. Context Only 1 CEO of a FTSE 100 company is Black.19 We call upon the sector for help in eliminating racism. Specifically: ➢ Publish an analysis of workforce and membership profile by ethnicity compared with local population and an action plan to address any under representation. ➢ Work with Black Lives Matter Derby representatives to audit current enterprise support services and act on feedback to better meet the needs of Black communities and entrepreneurs.

➢ Advocate for good practice initiatives including adopting guidance from the Equality & Human Rights Commission and Business in the Community and working closely with trade union Equality Officers to enhance workplace diversity.

➢ Work with local projects that are already promoting Black business e.g. James Reid's Derby Black Business Community, Derby West Indian Community Association's work on a directory of local Black businesses.

➢ Call for businesses to clarify any historical gain from slavery, including compensation paid to slave owners upon abolition, and to make reparations payments to the local Black community

➢ Invest funds and resources in outreach initiatives to encourage, train and mentor aspiring Black entrepreneurs with dedicated spaces at enterprise incubation hubs.

➢ Seek a commitment from organisations such as the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce to provide bespoke career focussed events for the Black community and workshops which prepare young Black people for the world of work.

➢ Call for big businesses with local bases to pledge reserved apprenticeship opportunities and positive action career progression initiatives to improve opportunities for Black people.

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SOCIAL, ARTS, HERITAGE & CULTURAL SERVICES – BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY Actions required of local social, arts, heritage and cultural organisations to ensure that Black Lives Matter. Context Black people are less likely to take part in the Arts than White people (68.5% compared to 79.3%) and are less likely to visit a museum or gallery (33.5% compared to 51.1%). People from Black ethnic groups were less likely to say they have a strong feeling of belonging to Britain than White people (75% compared to 85%).20 We call upon the sector for help in eliminating racism. Specifically: ➢ Meeting of representatives from Marketing Derby and local arts, heritage and cultural venues including Derby Museums, with Black Lives Matter Derby representatives to discuss a more inclusive future vision.

➢ Join a multi-agency research project into Black history in Derby(shire) to uncover the city’s links to slavery, as well as the contributions of Black people to innovation, community life and key moments in Derby’s timeline, including for, but not limited to, Black History Month; work together to secure recognition of Black people’s contributions via the naming of buildings, roads, landmarks, and statues and blue plaques.

➢ Support and invest in local communityled events marking key dates such as Black History Month, Windrush Day, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Caribbean Carnival, Kwanzaa, Refugee Week, Martin Luther King Day, etc and pledge never to run/host events, including fringe events, marking these occasions without Black leadership "nothing about us without us" .

➢ Publish an audit of current depictions and representations, including within exhibits, events, bookings and festival line-ups, of race-related themes and people from Black communities, with feedback from local Black communities, with an action plan for improvements.

➢ Invest funds and resources in positive action, including dedicated apprenticeships, to equip people from Black communities to participate in opportunities in the local social, arts, heritage and cultural sector.

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piece of land as a location on which to build a statue or monument as a Blackled project with the support of Arts Council funding.

➢ Embed opportunities for learning about Black arts, culture and heritage, and community cross-cultural social learning, into annual programme plans.

➢ Publish data on workforce, freelancer and commissioned artists profile by race and address any areas of under representation.

➢ Make spaces available for Black communities to meet and host events. ➢ Collaborate and seek Derby City Council support to allocate a suitably prominent

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BLACK LIVES MATTER DERBY – MANIFESTO IN THE MAKING Black Lives Matter Derby is an intergenerational group comprising of a cross section of Derby’s Black community. Many voices have shaped this Manifesto, built from dialogue via a series of events ➢ Over 1000 people engaged with a filmed virtual Black Lives Matter Derby Speaks Up event, amplifying local Black voices and allies on 3rd June 2020 ➢ Up to 2000 people joined the Black Lives Matter Derby Protest on 7th June 2020 with a call to action from various speakers to make changes in Derby. ➢ Over 1,000 people following Black Lives Matter Derby UK Facebook page with posts reaching over 39,000 people in the first month and gaining input to this manifesto. ➢ Over 100 people have directly contributed to the development of this Manifesto, via an open call-out for contributions via a media release on Windrush Day, via social media engagement, virtual consultation sessions and a digital collaboration space on Basecamp ➢ A focus group with local young Black people. ➢ An intergenerational focus group.

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Black Lives Matter Derby wishes to thank members of the Manifesto Working Group and everyone who contributed to its development including: Professor Cecile Wright, Chair of Black Lives Matter Derby Natasha Cover, Black Lives Matter Derby Action Group Curtis a.k.a Lightz, Black Lives Matter Derby Action Group Dr Sonya Robotham, Spectrum Derbyshire, The Mandela Community Centre Sue Warren Dr. Nadine Taylor, Independent Clinical Psychologist Beverley Stewart, Open Doors Form Marc Grant, Chair of Open Doors Forum Osman Hassan Rio Diedrick Lynette Comrie

Janna Simpson, What Next - Young People's Group Martyn Ewoma Shaun Tulloch Denise Richards Tony Smith a.k.a Lambu

With special thanks to Councillor Audra Wynter for manifesto production support

Thanks to ally supporters Vanessa Boon, Chair, International Women’s Day Derby & Diversity Specialist Sue Arguile, Convener, Derby Stand Up To Racism Sonila Ellahi, Community Organiser & Equality Advisor Karen Whelan, Unite Community & Derby Trades Union Council

Photo Credit: With thanks to Elise Shipley for photography capturing the Black Lives Matter Derby protest of 7th June 2020

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This Manifesto was launched at a demonstration on Friday 31st July 2020 in Derby city centre, with speeches and a formal presentation of the Manifesto to representatives of the city’s key agencies outside Derby City Council House, calling for action and inviting the city’s leaders to report on their progress at a press conference planned for October during Black History Month. The occasion was also marked with powerful performances ahead of Emancipation Day, commemorating a legal milestone in ending slavery in the British Empire, honouring the 2020 theme ‘Sacred Legacies - standing on the shoulders of giants’. In this same spirit of appreciating legacy and building on the work of those who went before us, we would like to pay tribute to one of Derby’s Black pioneers, the late Charles Sheridan Hill J.P

13th April 1921 – 2nd July 2020

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