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Coreplan: Realigning The Drugs Policy Debate

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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’

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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

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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.

The amazing life and death of Sharon Jones

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Probably only those visitors to this website who are fans of funk and soul will have heard of Sharon Jones, who died earlier this week.

Sharon found fame relatively late in life as the lead singer with New York based multiracial funk band the Dap-Kings, formed in 2002. Before that she cut some highly rated funk singles under her own name. As a recognition of her talent and ability she had a small part as a singer in the 2007 film The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.

War on Drugs becomes a war On Black Communities?

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70% of the population has taken illegal drugs. Because of its high price and status of glamour, the class A drug, cocaine is mainly taken by the upper echelon of our society. Many tens thousands of young people, mainly white, take ‘clubbing’ drugs on a weekly basis when going clubs and or music festivals. Those dealing drugs come from all walks of life.

Legacy Gala dinner: Celebrate and build stronger Alliances

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As we approach the end of 2016, recent events prompt one to ask what 2017 will have in store for us ?

Not many would have predicted back in 2015 that Donald Trump would be the President of the United States and that Brexit would be upon us, yet here we are.

More than ever before, we believe it is critical that we define our collective reality and carve out our place in which are we can thrive and be fully respected. We cannot look to anyone else to do it for us.

Bass player extraordinaire dies

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To jazz lovers, the death of American bass player Bob Cranshaw earlier this month deserves to be mentioned for two reasons.

The first is that he was a phenomenally good double bass player, backing many of the greats including Sonny Rollins, with whom he played for five decades, Lee Morgan – he played on Morgan’s classic Blue Note albumSidewinder, Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson and Eddie Harris.

10 Asian men defending themselves cleared in court

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The case against 10 Asian men in Rotherham who, if found guilty could have easily faced 10 years in prison for violent conduct, is like one of those profoundly racist stories from Alabama, USA in the 1960’s, not the UK in 2016.

On Sept 2015 the men joined an anti-fascist march to protest against the racist murder of an elderly Muslim man. They were also protesting against yet another Far Right  facist Groups demonstration that was planned in town on the same day.

EHRC staff strike: Black staff could be hit hard

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Unions representing staff at the Equality and Human Rights Commission have argued that Black staff could be disproportionately affected by planned budget cuts and compulsory redundancies.

During an initial assessment of who might go and who might stay two thirds of Black staff failed the restructuring selection process, according to the PCS union. Many of these staff would be the Commission’s lower paid staff.

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