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Police stop and search set to be slashed

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There has been a mixed reception to The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe's plans of reforming stop and search tactics in London.

Hogan-Howe wants to overhaul the policy in an effort to improve relations with Black and Minority Ethnic communities. There are also plans for Section 60 orders, which permit random stop and searches across wide areas, to be cut in half.

Celebrating Dr Martin Luther King Day

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I searched the house for my beat up copy of the Dr Martin Luther King’s ‘Stride Toward Freedom. The Montgomery Story’ .

What did I do with it? Did I lend to someone, or have I simple lost it?

I wanted to use it to share with you some of the quotes written by Dr King in this truly remarkable story. First, we all broadly know the history of the bus boycott started by the unassuming heroine, Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat for a white person on the local Montgomery public buses.

‘Angry Black woman’. Sound familiar!

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Racism works in many ways, but one of the most pernicious is the character assassination that destroys any logical argument you might have by suggesting that you; ‘Have a chip on shoulder’, ‘You hate whitey’, ‘You are a angry Black man’ or, as what has transpired in the USA, those around the White House are suggesting that the First Lady, Michelle Obama is an ‘Angry Black Woman’.

Forced Marriage consultation questions

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The issue of forced marriages has been in and out of the spotlight in recent years. For so long, campaigners have called for the government to take a lead in criminalising forced marriage.

In November 2011, a new law was implemented in Scotland which protects people from being married against their will. The news was welcomed by victims of forced marriages as they will have greater help and protection from the law. The new legislation gives courts the power to issue protection orders to those at risk and breach of such orders could result in a two-year prison sentence.

Lee Jasper speaks out

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The recent media brouhaha about a simple tweet by Diane Abbott MP is a reflection of the continued right wing drift of the current political establishment and the country as a whole.

Abbott’s crime? She used twitter shorthand to refer to the tendency of British white people in power to use divide and rule tactics against black people.

Traditionally used as a means of maintaining control and weakening political oppositions, she was making a broader political point that is factually correct and largely uncontroversial.

NHS trust loses racial discrimination tribunal case

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One of the biggest hospital trusts in England has been forced to pay out £1 million in damages after being found guilty of racial discrimination.

Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust was also accused of institutionalised racism after sacked senior manager Eliot Browne won his case of racial discrimination and unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal.

Duwayne Brooks speaks to OBV

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In eighteen short years Duwayne Brooks has lived a lifetime. He has witnessed his best friend Stephen Lawrence-Steve to him- savagely murdered.

The police accussed him and Stephen of being gang members, others accused him of ensuring that the private prosecution of those who killed Stephen failed.

He is now an elected local legislator with his eyes on a bigger political prize. Here in three parts he talks about all of this and more. Brooks said, 'Through OBV I want to speak to my community'.

Open Letter – Racially Derogatory Remarks about Chinese People in the UK

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Television presenter Jeremy Clarkson has a habit of making on-air gaffes and saying the wrong things on a regular basis.

In the past few months, Clarkson has managed to offend nearly every time he has opened his mouth. Back in November, he said public sector workers who went on strike should be "executed in front of their families" while the BBC received complaints of Clarkson mocking Indian culture during Top Gear Christmas special filmed in India.

No Apology - a poem

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NO APOLOGY
 
CHAINED AND ENSLAVED
SOLD AND CONTAINED
NO APOLOGY
 
LYNCHINGS AND JIM CROW LAWS
GLASS CEILINGS AND CLOSED DOORS
NO APOLOGY
 
COLONIAL RULE AND CENTURIES OF OPPRESSION
RACIST ATTACK UPON ATTACK IN SUCCESSION
NO APOLOGY
 
APARTHEID AND SEGREGATION
INEQUALITY AND DISCRIMINATION
NO APOLOGY
 
POOR HOUSING, LOW PAY
RACIST ABUSE DAY AFTER DAY
NO APOLOGY
 

Happy Birthday South Africa

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Millions of South Africans danced and revelled throughout the day and night as the African National Congress, arguably Africa’s oldest liberation movement, celebrated its 100th Anniversary yesterday.

African leaders and former heads of state, along with African kings and chieftains, attended a midnight ceremony where President Jacob Zuma lit a flame, which will stay alight the entire year, at the Bloemfontein church where black intellectuals and activists founded the party in 1912.

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