Casey, Muslim women are held back by injustice


If like me you’re female, Muslim and from an ethnic minority background, it sometimes feels like a one-way ticket into economic and social purgatory.

Despite the fact that more British Muslim women than men are getting degrees, we are the most disenfranchised group in the country. Not only are we subject to high levels of unemployment and poverty, but discrimination on the basis of our faith, gender and ethnic background hinders our entry into the labour market.

BMH UK: 'Ban Taser firearms against mental health patients'


Human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) have launched a new petition as part of their drive to secure an outright ban on the illicit use of Taser firearms against patients detained in locked psychiatric wards.

The unethical deployment of these stun guns in hospital settings will be among the issues discussed during report stage on the Policing and Crime Bill that will take place in the House of Lords in December.

Changing Britain through the Arts and Activism


Professor Gus John gave a public lecture at the British Library to Mark 50 Years of New Beacon Books. Here it is in full:

…..And so
if you see me
looking at your hands
listening when you speak
marching in your ranks
you must know
I do not sleep to dream but
dream to change the world.

Martin Carter - Poems of Succession (1977)


Friends and Comrades!

Casey Review: Will Muslims be blamed for non-integration again?


I’ve only had chance to read through the summary of the Louise Casey’s Review: A report into opportunity and integration, and so I don’t feel that I can give a full critique. But I do worry about what I’ve seen in the 18-page summary and the headlines of the review on, and in the news today, in particular the almost complete exclusion in the report of the prejudicial and toxic anti-immigrant climate in which we’re living in right now.

English Theatre: ‘Hideously white’


In many ways the theatre and the creative arts in general should reflect the cultural essence of the nation: our dynamism, our many challenges, and our creativity. But like so many aspects of British life, such as the media, the judiciary, the army, and business boards, Black and minority ethnic individuals are generally locked out of almost every aspect of the theatre world, with the exception of cleaning them.

Coreplan: Realigning The Drugs Policy Debate


A seasoned and well respected drugs policy reformer-Jane Slater from Transform- concluded after a two hour House of Commons meeting that discussed UK drugs policy and racism said this:

In ten years coming to progressive drugs policy forums and debates, I’ve never been to one like this. This debate here in the UK is a game changer”.

Brexit: Politicians have ‘legitimised hate’


With a new Chair at the helm - David Issacs - The Equality and Human Rights Commission have become more strident in their quest for greater equality and pushing back against the political dynamics that have been fuelling racial hatred.

During the summer the EHRC launched its race equality report which highlighted persistent institutional racism across the UK. Now the Commission has written to all mainstream political parties to warn them that their loose and toxic talk about immigration and migrants has in affect ‘legitimised racism’.

Hugh Harris: The Banker who took up fighting racism



Hugh Harris CBE recently retired from his day job at London First where he tirelessly promoted the capitals businesses.

Interestingly though, at his retirement party there were as many Black activists and campaigners as there were company CEO’s, including Lord Morris, Lord Dholakia, and Bharat Mehta. This is  because the former banker to the Bank of England became a passionate advocate for tackling race inequality, as much as he was about promoting big business.

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