ISR Public Event: 28th January 2021

WEBINAR:
What Makes for Good Community Cohesion? Lessons from Windrush

Anthony Brown, Chairman of Preston Windrush

Watch the webinar here: Youtube ISR Playlist

A series of changes to immigration and nationality laws since 1948 culminated in the ‘Windrush Scandal’ in 2018. People from the Caribbean, mainly Jamaica, who had lived in the UK for fifty years or more found themselves being told they had no legal status in the UK. They were sacked from their jobs, denied benefits, NHS treatment, put in detention, and some deported.

The UK Government has apologized, offered to pay compensation, and right the wrongs done to the Windrush Generation.  However, the Wendy Williams ‘Windrush Lessons Learned Review’ makes thirty recommendations for the Home Office to carry out to ensure there can never be a repeat of the scandal and the first recommendation states there has been harm done to the African Caribbean community as a whole.

The question, therefore, arises what is the harm, but more importantly, what can be done to repair the damage to community cohesion?

This event is part of ISR’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ series which is intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics.

This event takes place Online (a secure link will be distributed following registration.


Date: Thursday 28th January 2021

Programme:
7.00pm Event start
8.00pm Event close

Venue: Online (a secure link will be distributed following registration).

Registration: This event is FREE but please click here to register your place.


ANTHONY BROWN
Anthony is the co-founder of Windrush Defenders Legal C.I.C. (WD Legal) and Chairman of Preston Windrush Generation and Descendants UK. He is a member of the Home Office’s Windrush Stakeholder Advisory Group and a member of Windrush National Organisation.

WD Legal conducts pro bono weekly surgeries to assist victims of the Windrush Scandal to apply for documentation to confirm their legal status and then to apply for compensation. WD Legal is campaigning for law reform to protect future generations with legislation in a ‘Windrush Act’ that places a legal duty on public bodies to tackle the race disparities exposed by the Governments Race Disparity Audit 2017. The ‘Act’ would also establish a Commonwealth Community Cohesion Fund’.

Anthony has faced the threat of deportation in 1983 when he fell foul of the 1971 Immigration Act for living outside the UK for more than two years.


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