Wednesday 13th May

You Clap For Me Now: BAME experiences from the frontline
Venue: Facebook
Time: 6pm

Tickets: Free

In all the confusion around coronavirus, one thing is clear; BAME communities are disproportionately more affected, making up 72% of all NHS and carer deaths. Due to Hostile Environment policies, BAME and immigrant communities are also more likely to be living in low-income households and in overcrowded conditions. It’s been called the Great Equaliser, yet it would seem some equalisers are greater and more equal than others for some.

Speaking on these complex but vitally important issues are NHS psychiatrist and activist Dr Mona Kamal, journalist and Hostile Environment: how immigrants became scapegoats author Maya Goodfellow and Chief Executive of Race Equality Foundation Jabeer Butt. Chaired by writer and lecturer Emy Onuora

Jabeer Butt is the Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation. Jabeer gained an international reputation for the use of evidence in developing interventions that help overcome discrimination and disadvantage. His studies have been used to inform government and he provides leadership for the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities programme. Jabeer has been on a number of committees and is presently a member of the NHS’s Equality and Diversity Council, Family Lives’ Instructions Not Included Stakeholder Reference Group and the National Stakeholder Forum. Jabeer continues to write and most recently produced a guide on effective engagement of parents for the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Dr Mona Kamal is a NHS consultant psychiatrist and campaigner with Keep Our NHS Public and People’s Assembly.

Maya Goodfellow is a writer, researcher and academic. She has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman, Al Jazeera and the Independent. She received her PhD from SOAS, University of London. She is a trustee of the Runnymede Trust. Her recent book Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats (Verso Books) asks why immigration blamed for Britain’s ills? From UK government immigration policy and a pro-Brexit vote against claims that “swarms” of migrants are entering Britain while study after study shows immigration is not damaging the UK economy nor putting a strain on public services.

Author of Pitch Black, Emy Onuora has an MA in Ethnic Studies and Race Relations from the University of Liverpool and has lectured extensively on issues of Race and Sport within higher education. He was co-editor of the Merseyside based football fanzine What’s the Score and co-wrote Writing on the Wall’s From Great War To Race Riots, a publication detailed the rediscovered section of Liverpool Lord Mayor’s correspondence concerning the plight of black soldiers, seamen and factory workers in Liverpool between May 1919 to November 1921. Containing personal testimony, this book reveals the plight of daily racism and unemployment after a colour bar was institute in many industries


All ticket donations from this event go to Fans Supporting Foodbanks, South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services and WoW.