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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.

Man shot over rent arrears in Lambeth

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On Friday the 21st August in Lambeth, South Clapham London, the Metropolitan Police shot a 34-year-old black man. It's always a concern to local communities when the police discharge their weapons and this is incident is no exception. The man in question is currently making good progress in hospital, however there a number of issues that give rise to a range of community concerns, that I believe require further explanation.

Racism is killing our children literally

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New research recently published has demonstrated that pregnant black women who suffer racism and discrimination then go on to have babies, who are negatively affected by the stress their mothers endure.

What this research demonstrates, is that unborn Black and Muslim babies are the victims of British racism, even before they are born. There can be no greater racial injustice than this, to be condemned by racism before you are born.

What a gross indictment of our supposed civilised, tolerant society.

UN International Day on Slave Trade and its Abolition

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August 23rd was the United Nations International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition and the launch of the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). This was the day of glorious uprising of the enslaved Africans of Santo Domingo (Haiti) on the night of 22nd to 23rd August 1791. The Black Jacobeans as described in the book of the same name written by our own C.L.R James.

Where’s the Black solidarity amongst Labour BME MPs?

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It’s not a situation that comes up very often. The possibility of a Black or minority ethnic MP, taking one of the top political jobs in Europe, as Mayor for London.  Furthermore, it’s not as though they are short of talent to choose from within the Labour party:  veteran MP Diane Abbott, former Minister David Lammy MP, the UK’s first Muslim cabinet member Sadiq Khan.

Rise in Bristol hate crime blamed on racist rhetoric

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The Bristol Post this week carried a story showing that race hate crimes are on the increase in the city, based on figures supplied by the local police.

Alex Raikes, strategic director for Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI), part of the Bristol Hate Crime Service, said:

Our case notes are telling us people are facing more hostility, and there are a few reasons for that."

Labour London Mayoral candidates: Let’s make history

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If like me, you signed up as a non party member to participate in the Labour Party London Mayoral selection process you will have received an email informing you of your right to vote. If you’re a London Labour party member you automatically get that right.

University race equality challenge: C-

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You can get a snapshot of just how poor UK universities are at tackling race inequality within their institutions when 30 universities took up the challenge and only 8 received a bronze, with 9 universities not even completing the challenge. The latter 9 is comparable to a student either being thrown out or not taking the exams.

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