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It's that time of year again, when university graduates put on those gowns and head off to their graduation ceremony. If you're one of them, we'd like to say congratulations!

It's a time honoured tradition to have distinguished speakers departing their pearls of wisdom and advice at these ceremonies, and we hope you were inspired by the speaker at your graduation. If you're not celebrating your graduation this week, or could do with some more advice, we've compiled a list of inspiration speakers from people of BAME background. Hope you're inspired!

Barack Obama - Howard University 2016

James Baldwin once wrote, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

Now it's your turn. And the good news is, you're ready. And when your journey seems too hard, and when you run into a chorus of cynics who tell you that you're being foolish to keep believing or that you can't do something, or that you should give up, or you should just settle - you might say to yourself a little phrase that I've found handy these last eight years: Yes, we can.

Lin-Manuel Miranda - University of Pennsylvania, 2016

My dear, terrified graduates - you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives.The stories that you are about live are the ones you will be telling your children and grandchildren and therapists.They are the temp gigs and internships before you find your passion. They are the cities you live in before the opportunity of a lifetime pops up halfway across the world. They are the relationships in which you hang on for dear lives even as your shoulder cracks in protest. They are the times you say no to the good opportunities so you can say yes to the best opportunities. They are what Verdi survived to bring us La Traviata.They are the stories in which you figure out who you are.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Wellesley College, 2015

We can not always bend the world into the shapes we want but we can try, we can make a concerted and real and true effort. And you are privileged that, because of your education here, you have already been given many of the tools that you will need to try. Always just try. Because you never know. And as you graduate, as you deal with your excitement and your doubts today, I urge you to try and create the world you want to live in.

Shonda Rimes - Dartmouth College, 2014

So Lesson One, I guess is: Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dream. Maybe you know exactly what it is you dream of being, or maybe you're paralyzed because you have no idea what your passion is. The truth is, it doesn't matter. You don't have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new. It doesn't have to fit your vision of the perfect job or the perfect life. Perfect is boring and dreams are not real. Just... do. So you think, "I wish I could travel." Great. Sell your crappy car, buy a ticket to Bangkok, and go. Right now. I'm serious.

Steve Jobs - Stanford University, 2005

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

 

5 Graduation Speeches from BAME Speakers

It's that time of year again, when university graduates put on those gowns and head off to their graduation ceremony. If you're one of them, we'd like to say congratulations!...

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Dear all,

Over the past few days we have had a lot of interest from people keen to join our organisation. Unfortunately, we're still rectifying the membership system, which is still preventing people from signing up. Trust us, we're just as frustrated as you! We'll update you as soon as the system is up and running.

At the same time we wanted to clarify the membership rules for affiliate supporters. We understand that there are many people who are keen to vote for the Leadership election, and we did not want to be in a situation whereby we accept payment for new members only for them to be unable to vote. 

Thursday 12 January is the last date to have joined the Labour Party or an affiliated organisation (Trade Unions, and social societies of which BAME Labour is one) in order to vote in the leadership election. Anyone who joined BAME Labour or the Labour party after this date will not be able to vote.

If you still wish to vote, you may sign up as a registered supporter for £25. Registered supporter applications open on Monday 18 July and close on 20 July 5pm.

Timetable

The timetable of the Leadership Contest is as follows:

Tuesday 12 Jan - Join the Labour party on or before this date to vote in the Leadership election.

Monday 18 July - Registered supporters applications open

Monday 18 July: 7pm - European Parliamentary Labour Party and Parliamentary Labour Party nominations open

Wednesday 20 July: 5pm - European Parliamentary Labour Party and Parliamentary Labour Party nominations close and supporting nominations open.

Wednesday 20 July: 5pm - Last date to join as registered supporter

Thursday 21 July: Noon - Deadline for validly nominated candidates to consent to nomination

Friday 22 July - Hustings period opens

Monday 8 Aug: Noon - Final date for membership arrears to be paid in full

Monday 15 Aug: Noon - Supporting nominations close

w/c Monday 22 Aug - Ballot mailing dispatched

Wednesday 14 Sept: Noon - Last date for electronic ballot reissues

Friday 16 Sept - Hustings period closes

Wednesday 21 Sept: Noon - Ballot closes

Saturday 24 Sept - Special conference to announce result

We hope that this makes things clear. As we said before, we hope to get the membership system working as soon as possible and will update you as soon as systems are back to normal.

Regards

 

The BAME Labour Team

 

Update on Leadership Election Process

Dear all, Over the past few days we have had a lot of interest from people keen to join our organisation. Unfortunately, we're still rectifying the membership system, which is...

Labour's newest MP, Rosena Allin-Khan gave her maiden speech today with the former junior doctor paying tribute to her fellow public sector workers, her family and to Tooting, the constituency that she represents.

Beginning with a touching memory of past Labour politicians including Jo Cox, Dr Allin-Khan promised to "pledge to bring my years of experience in, and deep commitment to our NHS in order to stand up for it."

"They - we- see work as a vocation, not as a job," she said. "That is why they have been so damaged by the mishandling of the junior doctors' contract - and why nurses are so distraught when they see their bursaries axed."

"It is morally reprehensible that student nurses are forced to seek food banks or that women in medicine are penalised for having children."

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Dr Allin-Khan also paid tribute to her predecessor,  Sadiq Khan, the new London Mayor who watched today's speech in the gallery. She praised her "inspirational" predecessor for spending "11 years working tirelessly for the people of Tooting." She spoke about what she and Mr Khan had in common including surnames, and brought laughter to the house when she pointed out that her dad was not a bus driver.

But, the new MP also warned of the need for Labour to be in government saying, '"my dream of becoming a doctor became a reality not only with my own work and support from my family, but because a Labour government made it financially possible for me to access a world-class medical school at Cambridge.'"

"That is one reason why my ambition will always be for Labour to win power - not just sit on these opposition benches."

Rosena Allin-Khan MP for Tooting gives her maiden speech

Labour's newest MP, Rosena Allin-Khan gave her maiden speech today with the former junior doctor paying tribute to her fellow public sector workers, her family and to Tooting, the constituency...

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