Ahead of the BARAC meeting at The Drum on Thursday 6th June 2013 at 6.30 in Newtown Birmingham, we must wake up to the stark reality of the fact that many of the issues that we are currently facing we have contributed to by not engaging on the Political process.
Claims have been made that Politicians are out of touch and indeed some of them are there for apparent self gain and the other side is Party first and people second. But are we not at fault also?
When an individual is not registered to vote and even if you are and you don’t use it, you are guilty of allowing the status quo to continue unchallenged.
We have the collective power to bring about change but instead we moan and protest, when we need to be planning affirmative action to remove some of these people that supposedly represent us and replace them with people that we can connect with.
Look at the problems we face, bearing in mind that we are also a diverse society, which has been in existence for yes hundreds of years as Britain is and was not just made up of the British Isles but also many overseas territories.
Racism in sport and especially Football.
Racism in Society.
Non – embracement of our valued diversity.
The widening Gap between rich & poor.
Social & Economic Depravation.
Lack of adequate Housing.
The impact of these Cuts which our Council in Birmingham in my opinion could be managing better will have the following impact upon our city:
Domestic & Family Abuse
Increased Bailiff profiteering on council tax debts.
These are just a few of the impacts and challenges we face as a City and are they being tackled effectively?
It is only this week that highly paid Housing Officials in Birmingham are now looking at the initiative led by Leeds City Council in reclassifying empty rooms in relation to the bedroom tax.
Is there any real direction without there being a Cabinet Member for Housing in Birmingham? I have written to the leader about this but as yet he has failed to respond.
Where is the effective Leadership in tackling the attack on the poor and vulnerable in Society? We need change and we have the responsibility in invoking change by getting involved and preparing our collective voices by having new people from grass roots to represent our collective communities that put the people first. We as the people deserve better, but, many do not realise that the real power is with us and its time to prepare ourselves to use it.
We have seen the increase in racial and religious division. May I just say that criminals are criminals no matter gender, religion, race, ability or wealth. We must remind ourselves of this.
We have also seen Football issuing guidelines to tackle racism, however, these are and will only be effective if applied in a positive stomp it out manner, no matter which club and geographical area it applies too.
The bottom line is we do have a voice and we do have power, we can no longer just sit back and let anarchy take over. We all want change and time now to Unite and demand it.
Birmingham Empowerment Forum