George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. These are just two victims of shocking racist attacks which took place within two months of each other over the last year. Racism continues to prove an unjust and ongoing problem in today’s society.
Here are three of our partners who are all working in unique ways to achieve the same goal: racial justice.
Runnymede is the UK's leading independent race equality think tank, working to build a society in which all citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities, lead fulfilling lives, and share a common sense of belonging.
In order to effectively overcome racial inequality in our society, they believe that their democratic dialogue, policy, and practice, should all be based on reliable evidence from rigorous research and thorough analysis.
2. Stand Against Racism and Equality (SARI)
Stand Against Racism and Equality (SARI) is a community-oriented agency that provides support and advice to victims of hate, and promotes equality and good relations between people with protected characteristics as defined by law.
Most SARI staff have some direct experience of dealing with hate-motivated behaviour and all staff have a clear understanding of and commitment to the objectives of SARI. The Board of Trustees, most of whom have personal experience of hate crime and inequality, are responsible for approving SARI's working policies and procedures.
SARI’s single largest activity is casework. This service primarily supports victims of hate crime, but also works with children, young people and schools, providing support to pupils facing racist and other hate incidents in and around schools. They also deliver anti-hate based behaviour and cultural awareness sessions to pupils and school staff, as well as perpetrators and young offenders.
3. Institute of Race Relations (IRR)
The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) was established as an independent educational charity in 1958 to carry out research, publish and collect resources on race relations throughout the world. In 1972, the IRR’s membership backed the staff in a radical transformation of the organisation from a policy-oriented, establishment, academic institution into an anti-racist ‘think tank’. The IRR began to concentrate on responding to the needs of black people and making direct analyses of institutionalised racism in Britain and the rest of Europe.
Today, the IRR is at the cutting edge of the research and analysis that inform the struggle for racial justice in Britain, Europe and internationally. It seeks to reflect the experiences of those who suffer racial oppression and draws its perspectives from the most vulnerable in society.
The IRR’s reputation is built on its investigations and analyses into pressing issues of contemporary British racism. These investigations have covered such areas as racism and the press, police racism, exclusions from school, deaths in custody, the plight of asylum seekers, anti-Muslim racism, the impact of anti-terrorist legislation and attacks on multiculturalism.
The IRR also conducts research on racism in other European countries, examining the rise of racial violence and extreme-Right parties, asylum and immigration policies, human rights violations, policing and security policies and the ‘integration debate’.
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