BME Inspriation / 12 posts found

National Teachers Conference The Grand Hotel

by Carole Johnson
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Held in Bristol this weekend.   Hundreds of black teachers spent the weekend discussing poignant topics pertaining to their chosen profession as well as barriers to becoming bame teachers.   Nationally currently there is a huge under representation!!! Being an ex bame teacher myself, I can certainly see the benefits of coming together in this way.   Working in Bristol as a teacher you are most definitely in the minority and although many of our schools have a rising diverse population in and amongst them all, with some inner city schools reporting a majority of bame families and children. The […]

Let’s increase diversity here in the South West

by Carole Johnson
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Magistrates Bench Diversity – Recruitment Criminal justice has among the lowest proportion of senior staff from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Current research reveals that in the Avon and Somerset Magistracy we currently have  a severe under representation of BAME Magistrates and Magistrates from working class backgrounds, in direct relationship to the populations that we are serving. Analysis  following  a government-commissioned  report by the Labour MP David Lammy found that people from minority backgrounds are more likely to be jailed for certain crimes than those who are white and that they are over-represented at almost all stages of the criminal […]

I AM Woman – Comparable To – EQUAL

by Carole Johnson
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  Last week I listened to an audio book Songs of Songs Divine Romance by Brian Simmons. It’s a version of the book Songs of Solomon which draws on the original Hebrew translation and extended meanings and use of language to capture the essence of the intended message. In this version it speaks of the woman as being “comparable to” and “equal to” her beloved. I like this original text… This week I watched the documentary on Martin Luther King : King in the Wilderness. One of the things that I struck by was the importance of life partner choice….it […]

I AM – Magistrates Avon and Somerset DEPUTY BENCH CHAIRMAN 2018 – Carole Johnson

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Magistrates Avon and Somerset Deputy Bench Chairman 2018 – Carole Johnson I am delighted to announce that I have been appointed as Deputy Bench Chairman over Avon and Somerset Magistrates. After several months preparation my position is now….official. There are several things that I would like to target whilst in post so watch this space! Firstly here are real issues around the recruitment of Magistrates. We need more! From all groups and all ages and all backgrounds and all cultures. The Bench needs to become far more representative of the communities that we serve. It is important that we have […]

I AM Woman – YOU ARE Somebody’s daughter!

by Carole Johnson
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Today I was reminded of one of my personal truths…that I am a woman now maturing without the input of my own loving mother. Anyone in this position understands the gravitas of losing a good mother early,,,or at any time I guess but in particular in your youth. For me that loss was sustained 23 years ago!! So I was …young…. My mum came to this country in the 1950’s so she grew up although her mum was alive across the globe she grew up into womanhood without her being around. I can remember when she would get upset by […]

I AM Woman – I AM Mother/ing

by Carole Johnson
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This week has been characterized by loss bereavement due to an unfortunate and fatal knife crime and a community response of love … I observed a family struggle with the untimely loss of a young father brother son cousin and friend and a community respond with love concern and genuine heartfelt care. I saw men stand up and be counted in the deep acknowledgement of their strength of feeling and compassion. It hurts…. We as mothers…say …please..no more… There is an African Proverb  If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate […]

I am Woman – I am EQUAL

by Carole Johnson
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As women we can create a level of incredible change by standing up for equality. Wives are equal to husbands. Sisters are equal to brothers. Different..but ….EQUAL! When half the population is attributed to the female cohort, women’s political participation and leadership globally has only improved by 11 per cent in the last 20 years! In a season characterised  with up front ouvert requests for  women’s EQUAL RIGHTS  and EQUAL PAY (which is absolutely morally correct!). The mood music behind this if we need to spell it out is a serious request for a lot more R E S P E C T!!!! How much […]

I AM Woman – Just the way I am

by Carole Johnson
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As a woman, we are told,  that we are multi tasking beings. Actually we are multi talented, multi faceted and multi tasking beings! That’s great in many many many ways, but I was reminded of the classic excerpt in the film Bridget Jones  when Darcy professes ” I love you just the way you are“”” Hooray!!!!!! What a revelation and accomplishment on Bridget’s part  a sentiment many of us will aspire to….. Not how many things I can…as a woman…do… But, instead… just as I am…truly…authentically. Me! Outside of the film however we are faced not just with multi tasking on […]

The Race for Mayor

by Carole Johnson
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The Race for Mayor A new documentary on the experience of Mayor Marvin Rees in his successful  bid to become Bristol’s first Black Mayor. If you would like to Join a Q &A session get down to the Watershed on February 3rd 2018 2pm Bristol.

Peaches Golding

by Carole Johnson
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Lois Patricia Golding, OBE, commonly known as Peaches Golding, on 22 April 2017 became Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol.  Born: 13 December 1953 (age 63), Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States Other name: Peaches Golding Education: Richard J. Reynolds High School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The Queen has appointed Bristol’s first ever black female Lord Lieutenant. Peaches Golding, formerly the city’s High Sheriff, has also served on the boards of several public bodies and private organisations. Lord Lieutenants focus on promoting civic, voluntary and business activities. She will step into the role when Mary Prior retires […]