Ramadan Moussa desires to be elected as councillor for Lawrence Hill ward so he can tackle ‘institutional racism’ by Bristol Police.
This year, Moussa’s brother had an altercation with the police. He was stopped by the police at Castle Park and asked to provide his name. When he refused, a tussle between the two groups occurred.
Moussa believes the event is one of the many examples of institutional racism at Avon and Somerset Police. The 24-year-old hopes to bring unity between the force and residents, if he is elected.
He said, “My first priority if selected by the Bristol Labour Party will be to protect our neighbourhood by ensuring our local police force have better working relationships with our community, it is about time that Avon and Somerset Police had started to treat people with dignity and respect.
“I want to tackle the ‘institutional racism. I hope to teach them how we can all work together. Bristol is full of beautiful people–it’s a really diverse place and we need to celebrate that.”
Moussa, who arrived in Bristol as a refugee from Somalia, has always wanted to be a politician. He was a member of the UK Youth Parliament as a teenager.
He said, “Bristol is home to the UK’s most innovative and hard-working people, yet we’re crushed by high unemployment, plus the nation’s worst business climate for jobs.
“Our local government spending has not been enough on our local schools; NHS, social housing and hasn’t protected the most vulnerable citizens of our city.”