The growing debate at a number of events about the need to continue to tackle racism, e.g. at the Croydon Assembly Racism and immigration working group on 15 November and at the African History+ @Croydon event on 22 November, has raised the issue of the need for an anti-racism group in Croydon. On my proposal the Unite Croydon Retired Members branch agreed the following resolution.
‘This Unite, Croydon Retired Members branch request the Croydon Assembly working group on Racism and Immigration to prepare the case for setting up Croydon Against Racism and Discrimination (CARD) campaigning group:
(1) to campaign against racism, anti-semitism, Islamaphobia and hostility towards different migrant groups in Croydon.
(2) to challenge organisations which foster racism, anti-semitism, Islamaphobia and hostility towards different migrant groups in Croydon.
(3) to monitor the way in which Croydon Council implements its equalities and inclusion policy and those community organisations which adopt the Council’s policy as their own.
(4) to monitor the way other public agencies implement their equalities and inclusion policies.
(5) to monitor other forms of discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, sexuality, faith and disability.
(6) to campaign for the positive merits of diversity and integrated multi-culturalism.
This branch further requests the working group to specially request Croydon TUC and Croydon BME Forum to support the establishment of CARD by both convening a joint launch meeting.’