In the war for race equality, which side are you on?
Please show which side you are on by signing this petition to Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Housing, which asks him to encourage Midland Heart to demonstrate its commitment to race equality by employing executive directors who are from communities it works within.

Midland Heart Ltd is a housing association in Birmingham, a city with 45 per cent black and minority ethnic (BME) communities.

The association claims: “Equality of opportunity is an integral part of the way we work and diversity of our workforce reflects the communities that we work within".

In 2010, the Audit Commission, a government agency, discovers “people from black and minority ethnic communities at senior manager level” was “under-represented” in the association's workforce.

Today, the association employs fewer BME senior managers than it did in 2006. Since, September 2009, all its executive directors is white.

Midland Heart's Customer and Communities Director, Michelle Musgrave, says: ethnicity has no bearing on a person's ability to do her job.

What explains BME non-existence as executive directors?

Tom Murtha, Midland Heart's former boss, says housing associations have to do more to eliminate "the spectre of racism and discrimination".

Public authorities, like Midland Heart, the police and courts, have a "legal duty" to eliminate race inequality.

By common consent institutional racism is never-ending within the police and courts.

Race matters.

It matters to Christopher Alder, a black paratrooper and Falkland war veteran, whose death white police mocked with "monkey chants" as he choked on his blood and vomit in a Hull police station.

It matters to his family when a white judge tells a jury to acquit the police officers charged with Mr Alder's manslaughter.

Race matters in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white cop fatally shoots an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown and left his body lying in a street for four hours.

It matters to a black family Midland Heart housed next to racist white tenants known to harass black families.

Sadiq Khan MP says: "Britain remains a hugely unequal country for minority ethnic people." He declares "a war on race inequality" to end BME disproportionate unemployment rate: twice that of white Britons.

Join the war for race equality.

Sign this petition to Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing, which asks him to encourage Midland Heart to employ BME executive directors.

Tell Brandon Lewis which side you are on in the war for race equality.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

One Love, one heart!