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Review the use of force against BAME people by the police

Recent events have brought to light existing concerns about potential abuse of power and misconduct within the police. The use of neck restrain chokehold has previously led to several young black men having died. Police officers must be trained better.

Improve maternal care for Black British women

Black women in the UK are five times more likely to die from complications surrounding pregnancy and childbirth than white women. We need an urgent review of care with recommendations on how to ensure it is no more dangerous for black women to give birth in the UK than white women.

Make Black British History Compulsory in Schools

This is a call for British Black History to be made mandatory throughout schools in the UK. Many people today do not know that black communities have been in the UK from the beginning and as the growing population of people of colour and mixed children continues, it is a shock that it is not part of our education system.

Ban Hair Discrimination

Natural and protective hairstyles including Afros, braids and dreadlocks are traditional ways to express our heritage and simply have our hair. It is because this is not understood, that young children are subjected to being punished by teachers or bullied by peers. When we’re not attacked, we also experienced people that see our hair, touch it, and grab it without permission – making us uncomfortable.

In New York and California, they have already taken the step to ban hair discrimination – it’s time we do it in the UK too.