At Jewish Policy Research this Thursday


by Sunny
26th March, 2007 at 5:20 pm    

Who Speaks for Us? Representing the Diversity of Opinion in Britain’s Multicultural Society

Panel of speakers: Rokhsana Fiaz (Founding Director, The Change Institute), Sunny Hundal (New Generation Network), Professor Susie Orbach (Independent Jewish Voices), Asim Siddiqui (Chairman, The City Circle).

Chair: Jonathan Freedland (Guardian)

In recent years a growing number of new groups and networks have been established to give expression to the diversity of voices among Britain’s minorities. Some seek to fulfil an alternative representative function; others to open up a space for views which differ from those held by mainstream bodies. Some see themselves as challenging older, established community bodies; others seek a more complementary role.

Whatever their aims, all represent a trend which is having a significant impact on minority communities themselves and which government cannot afford to ignore.

JPR’s policy seminar seeks to explore the significance of this trend and to ask what it means for the way communities represent themselves in British society and how it should affect government policy towards minority communities.

The discussion will be introduced by four speakers from some of the newer groups and networks.

Thursday, 29 March at 5.30pm, Central London
Call 020 7935 8266 if you wish to attend (space is very limited)

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Alif-Aleph UK and Rumi Foundation invite you come and celebrate almost 5 YEARS of Alif-Aleph UK!

LIVE MUSIC AND POLITICS (well a little bit of politics its fluffier than question time)
Thursday 29 March – 7pm until 9.30pm

A group of British Muslims and British Jews committed to develop positive contacts between our communities as a “good practice model” for all communities in the UK who find themselves divided, usually by conflicts from abroad spilling over to divide us in this country.

Not only do you have thousands of supporters well now we have our new website, complete with interactive discussion forums. The website, funded by the Home Office, will be a vital focal point and portal for Alif-Aleph UK’s work, providing platforms for our network groups. It will feature an online discussion forum and downloadable media

The evening will include an audio-visual presentation of the website, music, food, and BANTER. There will be a speaker from the Faiths Unit of the Department for communities and Local Government – again more banter

Live music is provided by a surprise Middle-Eastern ensemble…not to be missed! Also playing are Stefan and Arjan who bring art songs from the Sephardic and Ashkenazy traditions.

Obviously the event is free and includes buffet and drinks. All welcome!

Venue: William Goodenough House, Goodenough College, Large Common Room, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AN
nearest tubes – Russell Square or Kings Cross Thameslink

Directions on streetmap.


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  1. bananabrain — on 26th March, 2007 at 5:54 pm  

    ah dammit 5.30? no chance i can get there by then – i work out of town. buggrit. millenium hand and shrimp.

    clearly a sinister plot on the part of IJV to exclude me!!!!

    b’shalom

    bananabrain

  2. Sunny — on 26th March, 2007 at 6:02 pm  

    Come down a little later if you can BB, we should grab a little coffee after if you can.

  3. bananabrain — on 28th March, 2007 at 9:17 am  

    sunny,

    i could probably get in in time for the alif-aleph shindig – they are good friends of mine and know me well. were you planning to go to that?

    b’shalom

    bananabrain

  4. bananabrain — on 29th March, 2007 at 12:18 pm  

    ach, i can’t go. arsebiscuits. mrs bananabrain has a prior commitment to girly dinner with her friends so i have to stay in and babysit. oh, well, series 5 of “24″ for me and some guitar practice.

    can we not figure out another way to meet up, sunny? perhaps for a drinkie (don’t know if you imbibe) – contact me at the captbananabrain address or get my details from katy.

    b’shalom

    bananabrain

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