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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.

Contempt for the democratic vote

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Guilty until proven innocent that was the finding by the London Labour Party after a 7-hour hearing into whether or not Adeline Aina was a suitable candidate for the local Lambeth Labour party.

Lambeth leader Lib Peck, Steve Reed MP, Cllr Peter Robbins and few tag along stooges finally got their way that saw Adeline booted off Labour’s list to stand as a local representative in May.

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.

Those who failed Sarah Reed must be held to account

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There were from time to time gasps, cries and exclamations coming from the public, the family and the jury as we sat through Sarah Reed’s inquest at the City Of London coroner’s court, which ended last week.

Sarah died on 11 January 2016 while on remand at Holloway women’s prison, London. She was on the medical wing of the prison and was reportedly found, at around 8am, lying on her prison bed. The crown asserted, and the jury agreed, that Sarah had killed herself through “self-strangulation”.

How the State failed Sarah Reed

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Statement by the NGO INQUEST

The jury at the inquest of Sarah Reed, 32 have concluded unacceptable delays in psychiatric assessment and failures in care contributed to her death. She was found dead with a ligature round her neck on 11 January 2016, while a prisoner at HMP Holloway. She was on remand for over three months solely for the purpose of obtaining two psychiatric reports to confirm whether she was fit to plead, for an alleged offence which took place whilst she was a sectioned inpatient at a mental health unit

BBC – All white at the top

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Amongst the  25 of the BBC’s top paid presenters/actors, there isn’t a Black and minority ethnic - BME - face in sight. You have scroll down to number 26 to find the veteran newscaster, George Alagiah.

There are other BME presenters further down the BBC food chain, including radio presenters Trevor Nelson, and Mishal Hussain, but it would seem the bulk of BME Presenters are in the very lowest of the highest pay bracket, including actor Hugh Quarshie, and presenters Moira Stuart, Kamal Ahmed and John Pienar.

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