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CURB updates racial justice platform

An antiracism group has updated its racial justice platform.

The document from Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda said the country should make changes to become “a more equitable and just society” alongside the organisation's economic and legislative suggestions.

A statement from CURB said: “We urge the people of Bermuda to review these recommendations with an open mind, and endorse the concepts detailed in CURB's updated racial justice platform as a way to heal our society, repair the damage, bring about greater equity, and create trust and respect in the community.”

Legislative proposals, several of which are already under consideration by the Government, included a national health plan, workforce equity, and immigration reform.

The 2020 version of the platform, which was also updated in February 2019, was issued on Wednesday.

CURB also asked for wage transparency in the workforce and the advertising of all jobs with “no exception”.

The group added that the section in the Incentives for Job Makers Act 2011, which offered a path to a permanent resident's certificate for people holding senior corporate positions, should be repealed because it was unconstitutional and unfair.

CURB also supported the creation of a living wage, which has been introduced as legislation but not yet signed into law.

The organisation added the Government should use its clout to buy cheap bulk items for a “necessity goods depot”.

It said there should be incentives for businesses to adopt a co-operative model and that Bermuda should become a member of the Caricom reparations commission, set up in 2013 to campaign for compensation for enslavement and colonial rule.

CURB said the proposals were part of broader work on “institutional programmes focused on education, land, employment and services that can be considered social restitution”.

To read the document in full, click on the PDF under “Related Media”.

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Published July 14, 2020 at 2:14 pm (Updated July 14, 2020 at 2:14 pm)

CURB updates racial justice platform

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