CURB Releases 2017 Racial Justice Platform

June 28, 2017

Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda [CURB] has released their 2017 Racial Justice Platform, which outlines “the importance of racial justice to the Bermuda community.”

The organisation said, “Today Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda [CURB] releases its 2017 Racial Justice Platform outlining the importance of racial justice to the Bermuda community, and providing specific policies and actions CURB believes will bring about a fairer, just and equitable society.

“CURB is seeking comment and commitment from all political candidates with regard to concrete actions to be taken to bring about greater racial justice and economic equity in our community. To that end we ask the political parties, their candidates and all independents to respond to the 27-Point Racial Justice Platform.

“In November 2012 CURB released its first ever Racial Justice Platform prior to the December 17, 2012 election. We knew that race would come up in the 2012 election, as it continues to do in the 2017 election, and CURB was seeking to direct the discussion in a more constructive and proactive way.

“We hoped that the concrete actions outlined in the 2012 Platform would allow political parties and their candidates the ability to consider, comment and endorse the 15-point plan and more importantly take actions on the 2012 recommendations and move the discussion forward to create greater equity and justice.

“Unfortunately only one recommendation was fully achieved, i.e. the Decriminalization of Marijuana – in May 2017 legislation was finally passed with bipartisan support.

“A few other recommendations have been driven by community-led initiatives, i.e. support for a reconciliation process – failing any concrete political action CURB moved to a community process and began the Truth & Reconciliation Community Conversations in January 2017.

“Movement towards a greater use of restorative practices in our criminal justice system has occurred with support from Chief Justice Ian Kawaley and Senior Magistrate Juan Wolffe, as well as restorative justice processes in the Corrections Department; however the choice of a methodology, process and timeline has yet to be publicly put in place for the entire Criminal Justice System.

“We hope the introduction of Equality Impact Assessments might become a reality and receive bipartisan support as there has been a commitment by the Progressive Labour Party to introduce legislation.

“Many of the other 2012 recommendations were critically important to bringing about racial justice and equity, i.e. a Workforce Equity Bill; scholarships for Bermudian students to study overseas after completing Bermuda College; mandatory reporting of wealth; a capital gains tax; repeal of Section 315F of the Criminal Code stop and search legislation; and a Racial Equity Index to ensure progress is occurring.

“CURB believes that if more of the 2012 recommendations had been implemented it would have gone some way to staunch the exodus of so many Bermudians, and mitigate the distrust, economic disparity and social unrest that has been increasing in our community over the last several years.

“If Bermuda is to become truly united, there must be healing, equal opportunity, educational advancement, economic equity and the ability to measure progress.

“We urge the politicians and candidates to study and consider the 2017 recommendations and we encourage the people of Bermuda to ask the candidates questions about their commitment to racial justice and equity in our society.

“We hope that both political parties and the candidates will study the 2017 Racial Justice Platform and publicly provide comment and support so that Bermudians understand their position on these matters that are of great importance to anyone who cares for equality and the future stability of our society.”

CURB’s 2017 Racial Justice Platform follows below [PDF here]:

click here Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda

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  1. wondering says:

    I love curb but I hate the political undertones written into their script and as long as Cordell Riley is a part of it with his obvious (if you’ve ever heard him speak with certain audiences) biases depending on the conversation with certain audiences it will continue

  2. inna says:

    Is this just the executive summary?