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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.

Flawed thinking around Kids Company

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It's worth looking more closely at the closure of Kids Company.

Until very recently, this was a charity given plaudits and considerable sums of money from the government, commercial organisations, private donors and grant giving trusts and foundations.

Its charismatic founder and director, Camila Batmanghelidjh, was rarely out of the limelight, stressing the good work her charity did in helping disadvantage children. Even Prime Minister David Cameron was said to have been mesmerised by her, and until recently was only too happy to endorse her approach.

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