BRAMUBirmingham Racial Attacks Monitoring Unit (UK)
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Now community members who believe BRAMU provided a valuable and essential service are drawing up plans for a successor organisation, with a wider remit to deal with gender and disability discrimination as well as race.
Community activist Desmond Jaddoo said: "BRAMU has done a lot of good work over many years and this community owes Maxie Hayles a huge debt.
Coun Rudge (Con, Sutton Vesey) accused BRAMU of "playing games" by suggesting that the council was responsible for its demise.
He added: "BRAMU has to go through the proper procedures like everyone else." Responding to a claim by Sparkbrook Respect councillor Salma Yaqoob that failure to give BRAMU a grant was "sending out the wrong message", Coun Rudge added: "If you are saying certain organisations should be exempt from any rules and procedures and should be given money regardless of putting any business case forward you are opening up a Pandora's box for this city." Opposition Labour group leader Sir Albert Bore urged the council to think again.
Sir Albert (Lab, Ladywood) said BRAMU had more than 100 cases of alleged racism on its books which would not be investigated if the organisation folded..
BRAMU was once able to track exactly the numbers of racial attacks and allegations of police brutality that took place in the city.
Set up on the recommendation of the Home Office, BRAMU now relies solely on donations from trade unions and individual volunteers to keep up its case work, helping the victims of harassment.
Between June 1995 and June 1996, 68 racist incidents were reported to BRAMU. Many involved more than one victim, such as a family or group.
A council spokesman said: "There has been correspondence between Birmingham City Council and BRAMU and there is an understanding that they need to issue a business plan.
"To be clear, we are not withdrawing funding, we are simply asking that BRAMU abide by the same rules that apply to those seeking to renew their funding." Maxie Hayles, chairman and co-founder of BRAMU, organised yesterday's rally in Victoria
The BRAMU has held a series of demonstrations as part of its campaign for a hearing.
Chairman of the BRAMU, Mr Maxie Hayles, said: "The family is heavily disadvantaged at the inquest because of the lack of legal aid for them to be represented, and the lack of any prior disclosure of documents.