History

On June 30th, 1998 nearly six hundred Bermudians and residents converged on the campus of the Bermuda College to brainstorm and recommend solutions for uprooting racism in Bermuda. These persons were divided into three racial categories: “Blacks”, “Whites”, and “Others”.

After an intensive brainstorming session, all participants convened in the college gymnasium to hear extensive reports from splinter groups. Under the general direction of a Steering Committee, these reports have been reduced to strategies by a volunteer Implementation Committee. Seven sub-committees were formed from this Implementation Committee: Economics, Spirituality/Religious Beliefs, Education, Legislation, Political, Social and Personal Responsibility. In addition to these, ‘Media’ and ‘General’ categories for action were created to accommodate other strategies and comments. Members of the Implementation and Steering Committees met on a regular basis to review the “raw data”. They later produced the sentiments of those original participants as ‘strategies’ and ‘recommendations’.

A Vision for the Future

It was hoped that other agencies (Government and non-government) would liaise with CURB, so that all available resources could be combined to achieve a common goal. CURB organizers thanked the public for their initial support in the CURB endeavor, and encouraged the entire community to join CURB at the next Public Forum. They also asked community members to study the strategies document, and to bring it with them for discussion at the next Forum.

A Mission

“We believe that together we can finally make a real difference in the ongoing challenge of uprooting racism in Bermuda”, CURB 1998.

The New CURB

In the November 2005 Throne Speech the Government acknowledged that racism continued to be a divisive element in our community and pledged to assist organizations devoted to the elimination of racism in Bermuda.

Using the original contact lists from the 1998 meeting, CURE began to systematically contact the original members of CURB to see if they were willing to be involved in the re-launch of CURB. People who were interested in the concept began to meet, and the new CURB has been meeting regularly for the last 6 months, have approved a Constitution and Bye-Laws and have become a Registered Charity. More important, we are here for the long haul and ready to fight toward the elimination of racism in Bermuda.

CURB is an antiracist, interethnic movement. We are above party politics. We feel a sense of urgency and commitment to being a proactive group, dedicated to making a difference and willing to speak out against racism at every opportunity.

Ours is a good fight, a worthy cause and one in which there is a role for every single individual in Bermuda.

CURB’S Vision 2009:

A Bermuda where skin colour favours no one.

CURB’s Mission 2009:

“CURB is a non-governmental organization of volunteers working to identify and dismantle racism in all its forms and to address its effects on our community.”

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