MOMENTUM BLACK CAUCUS (MBC)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
At its meeting in Birmingham on the 24th April 2016 Momentum Black Caucus [MBC] affirmed that it was formed in order to re-invigorate Black political mobilisation, contribute to the progressive political agenda, and align with the progressive Labour movement and the Momentum project. Black is a positive and inclusive term encompassing African, Asian and Caribbean people in the UK discriminated against as a result of their colour.
As the successor to the campaign to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, Momentum is a Labour Party-focused organisation. It seeks to strengthen the Labour Party by increasing participation and engagement at local, regional and national levels. In forming Momentum Black Caucus, the intention is to embed Black politics at the heart of the new Labour Party politics. Furthermore, as a grassroots political movement, Momentum Black Caucus will focus on broadening local and national Black political engagement in the belief that the diversity of Britain’s population must reflect a much greater influence over the political decisions that directly affect our lives.
WHAT MOMENTUM BLACK CAUCUS IS COMMITTED TO:
- Mobilising, organising and creating a sustainable Black political movement to secure the election of a progressive Labour Party in order to bring about real transformative change in respect of:
– Affirmative action legislation that tackles structural racial discrimination and inequality across all sectors.
- Campaigning for greater Black representation in public life.
- Opposing British military interventions abroad, including bombings
- Supporting the building of council housing to end homelessness
- Positive action employment programmes, including apprenticeships, to tackle disproportionate Black joblessness, poor pay and lack of promotion.
- A clear commitment to tackle Black under-achievement, stereotyping and over representation among students that are suspended and excluded in education. Black history learning beyond Black History month. More good quality Black teachers. The tackling of institutional racism within higher education.
- Opposition to government budget cuts, co-ordinated with Labour councils, to build the anti-austerity agenda.
- Welcoming migrants and refugees and acknowledging their contribution to the success of the UK.
- Greater Police accountability to the communities they serve and operational priorities set by those communities. Measures to end police racial profiling and disproportionate Black deaths in custody.
- The youth service to be placed on a statutory footing and adequate funding for it.
- Targeted growth not austerity, by government investing to create jobs and reverse the privatisation of the railways, the energy sectors and public services, including the NHS.
- An international/global agenda as it relates to the Black diasporic communities, including support for reparations.
MOMENTUM BLACK CAUCUS WILL DO THIS BY:
- Supporting Black self-organisation and self-determination
- Encouraging Black people to join, be active and hold office in the Labour Party.
- Encouraging Black people to join, be active and hold office in trade unions.
- Building local Momentum Black Caucus groups in communities.
- Producing a “toolkit” for setting up local groups.
- Building an organisation that is genuinely open and democratic.
- Developing future leaders and succession planning.
- Supporting Black young people in the community and as students.