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If our power lies in local authority can we elect those who represent our interests?

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

We have candidates who represent our interests with policy to improve our lives

Political organisation to better represent African/Caribbean interests

British and US African Diasporas have a lot in common, by and large we are collectively at the bottom of every measurable metric and politically unorganised to influence, lobby or demand our proportion of resources based on our levels of taxation.

We are collectively inadequate based on the aforementioned criteria, this term means we are currently incapable of positively directing our socio-economic destiny. In order to put ourselves in the position of being capable of establishing parity we'll have to establish the vehicles and adopt them as ethnically representative of our interests.

The parity we seek is the equal delivery of services from education, health, housing, justice, access to finance and employment. The only way we'll accomplish parity in any of these areas will be to incorporate our own institutions, which represent our interests as peers to engage with state agencies.

Do we matter enough to us to adopt block voting within our interests?

Today in 2021 we have the We Matter Party that was established to better represent our interests as part of the mainstream political system. The We Matter Party fields candidates for local authority council wards to deliver local resources to local interests. The background of this intention lies in the ability to put transformational policy into practice.

After a period of collaborating with grassroots organisations to assess the needs of so-called hard to reach communities ignored by benign neglect policy, the We Matter Party put together manifesto and charters that specifically address challenges to our community by designing solutions to implement when they are elected.

ADPAC CIC support political representation that has a specific agenda to improve the state of African/Caribbean socio-economic mobility. By collaborating on the Schools to Industry Pipeline, which is the public health approach connecting culturally competent delivery partners from different disciplines who will provide wrap around care for African/Caribbean youth between them.

We Matter candidate Desmond Jaddoo running for West Midlands police and crime commissioner on May 6th

Independent candidate Gwenton Slowley running for councilor of New Cross Lewisham borough

ADPAC founder Dean Okai Snr endorsing We Matter candidate Hughie Rose running for Enfield borough ward Southbury

ADPAC CIC work to support political parties and candidates that will put transformative policy into practice and equally redistribute local resources to represent the interests of African/Caribbean people to positively improve our living quality by improving local services for our participation.

What is a policy of benign neglect?

The new Conservative government policy is one of benign neglect towards the African/Caribbean population. If you describe someone's approach to a problem as one of benign neglect, you disapprove of the fact that they are doing nothing and hoping that the problem will solve itself. Phrase (Colins Dictionery definition). The term was coined in 1969 by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, adviser to US President Richard Nixon, who recommended this policy with respect to the issue of US racial strife and the growth of recognition of the civil rights movement.

Being aware that the policy of benign neglect became a non-partisan policy, which is how the Asian hate legislation was put into policy after three month, when African Americans have been campaigning for the same since the 1960s unsuccessfully. This is why irrespective of how many African American Democrats or Republicans win seats, party policy precludes them from addressing African American specific beneficial policies.

Priti Patel MP perfectly demonstrating the gaslighting of benign neglect policy

Ice Cube and a collective of economists and social scientists came up with the Contract for Black America, which was attacked by the well positioned "Black" mainstream media personalities who universally endorsed the Democratic Party, which had no specific or tangible policies to benefit African American socio-economic interests.

This unqualified support lead to the Democratic Party winning based of African American voter support but didn't equate to African American beneficial policy. The African American voters, who were instrumental in the Democratic win were totally ignored in the first 100 days of policy proposal.

When African American civic leaders met with Joe Biden after winning, they were scolded and told that Latino Americans outnumbered African Americans and that they better align with them (insinuating they wouldn't have a direct line of communication representing 40m + population). Neither Joe Biden nor Kamala Harris endorsed the HR-40 bill to explore African American reparations but delivered $32 billion in reparations for Native Americans who didn't even have to lobby for said reparations.

President-elect Biden's Call with Civil Rights Leaders

Lessons learned from US counterparts

Our US cousins failed to incorporate the correct political vehicle to win local seats when Trump was elected. They knew what Trump was going to represent socially for the African American population as much as we did when Boris was elected on a wave of Brexit with a manifesto of "Get Brexit done". Having the urgency of organisation as a by-product of Boris being elected gave us the mandate to incorporate the We Matter Party.

We have undertaken public consultation to investigate what the needs of the African/Caribbean population are and what solutions are required in order to design policy that addresses these needs with specificity that we can put into practice. The ADPAC CIC agenda is to make lesser known electable roles such as Police & Crime Commissioner more widely know by our population so that we better influence the election of the candidates based on the detrimental impact they have on our lives.

We Matter party candidate Desmond Jaddoo is running for West Midlands police and crimes commissioner, which is a role that heavily impacts police policy through accountability. Traditionally ex-police officers are the applicants and winners of this role, which is why the culture of British law enforcement remains institutionally racist and unchallenged. Part of what we are calling his transformational policy is the hiring of an ethnically representative police force.

ADPAC founder Dean Okai Snr endorsing We Matter candidate Desmond Jaddoo for West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner

We Matter Party candidate Desmond Jaddoo is running for West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner, which is a role that heavily impacts police policy through accountability. Traditionally ex-police officers are the applicants and winners of this role, which is why the culture of British law enforcement remains institutionally racist and unchallenged. Part of what we are calling his transformational policy is the hiring of an ethnically representative police force.

We Matter Party candidate Hughie Rose is running for Enfield Southbury ward councillor and has the visionary leadership to adopt the public health approach policy to solve the very serious problem in our community of serious youth violence by supporting the Schools to Industry Pipeline that coordinates the activity of culturally competent youth engagement delivery partners.

We also support independent candidate Gwenton Slowley for Lewisham borough ward of New Cross, who again supports the public health approach for solving serious youth violence who himself has been instrumental in informing these policies. Our political support for those supporting policy that benefits African/Caribbean interests is in the form of making their campaigns widely available to our eligible voters and the request from our community to block vote within our socio-economic interests.

If you would be interested in running as a We Matter candidate in the upcoming 2022 local authority elections please click on this link and submit an expression of interest:

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