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Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad

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People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

Cartoon Corner: Trump and KKK

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Sarah Champion fuelling sterotypes

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Labour’s women’s and equalities spokesperson Sarah Champion was right to resign after her disgraceful column in The Sun newspaper in which she claimed that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”

By linking those in Newcastle convicted with these sex’s with an entire community Champion is guilty of perpetrating ugly stereotypes. There are echoes of the way African-Caribbean men were painted as ‘muggers’ in the 1970s and 80s.

Trump and Charlottsville

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Donald Trump’s disgraceful failure to specifically condemn neo-Nazis, in the immediate wake of the Charlottesville violence, should not have come as a surprise to those who witnessed the US President attract support from the far right underworld on his march to the White House.

Dotun laments lack of Black unity at BBC

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In an emotional outpouring live on BBC radio, veteran presenter Dotun Adebeyo spoke about how he was profoundly disillusioned with the lack of African unity within the BBC, in the wake of Black presenters being paid less than their white colleagues.

70th Anniversary of the Partition of India

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Rashan Charles had no Illegal Drugs

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The announcement by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that 20 year old Rashan Charles, who died after being arrested by a Metropolitan police officer in Dalston, Hackney, did not swallow illegal substances will come as a shock to many.

The rationale for the arrest and use of a neck hold restraint, as explained by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), was suspicion of possession of drugs and that Mr Charles had swallowed illegal substances.

Serena Williams: Black women should demand equal pay

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In a powerful essay written in Fortune Magazine in honor of Black Women's Equal Pay Day in the US, Serena Williams, the 23-time grand slam winner, called attention to the massive pay gap Black women in the US and around the world face.

In the US, Black women make 63 cents for every dollar a white man makes, but only 44% of white men even recognize that there is an issue.

In the UK, Black African women experience the largest full-time gender pay gap with white men at 19.6%, and have seen virtually no progress in closing that gap since the 1990s.

Civil Rights Leader Ratna Lachman dies

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I came back from an annual break to hear the very sad news that a good friend and remarkable Civil Rights activist, Ratna Lachman, passed away just over a week ago.

Ratna had been ill for a couple of years with cancer, but we all thought that after much treatment she was over the worst. For some time after the diagnosed illness she was doing what she’d always done best; fighting social and racial justice with a passion.

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