Brighton and Hove Green Party hopes to improve diversity

DIE GÜNEN want to increase diversity in the party with a social event.

People of color interested in running for council are being invited to the BMECP Center in Fleet Street, Brighton tomorrow to find out what it takes.

Ria Patel, equality and diversity spokesperson for the Green Party of England and Wales, and Kahina Bouhassane, a future candidate in next year’s Brighton and Hove local elections, will make speeches on the day.

The Argus: Ria PatelRia Patel

Hannah Clare, Deputy Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: Brighton and Hove’s Green Party has worked hard on our diversity over the past five years and has successfully increased the number of women and young councilors.

“But we recognize that there are still very few council members from a minority ethnic background and we believe we need to do better.

“We want to make sure our council members accurately represent the communities that we see across the city.

“This event is an exciting opportunity and safe space for all people of color who have even a passing curiosity about what it’s like to stand for the Green Party to get more information, ask questions and learn about their experiences to learn who have already done it.”

The Argus: Kahina BouhassaneKahina Bouhassane

The networking event starts at 10 am and lasts 90 minutes.

Cllr Clare recently criticized Tory Samer Bagaeen after describing himself as the only ethnic minority councilor in the city.

She said he had “erased” the identities of a Jewish councilor and another Irishman, telling him via Twitter: “It doesn’t look good to erase the identity of an ethnically Jewish councilor who also defines himself as black and as an ethnic minority ( bam ).”

The Argus: Councilor Hannah ClareCouncilor Hannah Clare

She pointed out that Councilor Leo Littman is Ashkenazi Jew and Council President Phelim Mac Cafferty is white Irish.

“While we know that black, brown and Asian people often experience a different kind of racism that most white minorities typically avoid, it’s also true to say that many different communities experience racism,” she said. Brighton and Hove Green Party hopes to improve diversity

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