Ken likes his conferences: just this week, he's hosting the Disability Capital Conference in Hammersmith and then on Saturday he's hosting the State of Race Relations in London Conference at his own pad in City Hall. Registration for the DisabilityCapital Conference has now closed but for those who still want to take part or cannot get to the Hammersmith venue, the conference will be broadcast on the Mayor of London website here - the link is due to go live at 10.30am Thursday morning. The programme for the one-day conference includes seminars on discrimination law, the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights, inclusive design for the Olympics and Paralympics and inclusive transport across London.
Registration for the State of Race Relations in London Conference is still open - admission is free but advance booking is essential. This conference is purported to be "your chance to question London's leaders and decision makers on their efforts in combating racism and racial inequality in London" and is going to focus on the what effect the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 has had for the lives and experiences of London’s Black, Asian and minority ethnic populations.
It is six years since The Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 was created to extend the Race Relations Act 1976 beyond the work of the police to include the functions of public authorites too; the amendment was brought about to fulfil recommendations made in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and with the Stephen Lawrence Centre due to open in London later this year, the conference is a timely look at what has been achieved since the Amendment and what still needs to be done to eradicate racism from London’s public services.