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Bradford's Respect councilors resign on mass

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Over the last two months I have been having discussions with senior Respect party officials to address the legitimate concerns that we have relating to the unwarranted suspension of Respect Councillors Ahmed and Shabbir, the defamatory statements made about the Bradford Respect councillors and a failure to develop transparent operational structures and procedures to enable the party to work effectively in Bradford.

Gary Younge: Unlocking the myth of Dr King

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Last week at Westminster University, one of the UK’s greatest columnist, Gary Younge, gave a master class around the mythology of Dr Martin Luther King, and in particularly the ‘I have a dream’ Speech. Other guests on the evening included Baroness Lola Young Prof Kurt Barling and the Vice Chancellor Godfrey Petts.

Younge told a packed audience at the University’s famous Lumiere theatre:

Immigration Bill: A ‘race relations nightmare’

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Despite public protests and a walk-out in Chinatown, this week saw the passing of a controversial new bill criticised as a ‘race relations nightmare’.

After a lengthy debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday October 22, the Bill aimed at eliminating illegal immigration passed its second reading with 303 votes in favour to 18 against.

Adult Supervision

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Sarah Rutherford’s comically poignant play about racial attitudes and preconceptions is brilliantly thought provoking. There is a strong cast that will cause you to run a gauntlet of emotion, causing the audience to roar with raucous laughter one moment and a moment later, somberly contemplate individual personal creeds and prejudices.

Adult Supervision skilfully explores the increasingly socially delicate topic of “beige Britain” through the eyes of four women, played artfully by each respective actress.

Operation Elven - 'Racial profiling' raids

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Susannah Mengesha, contributing author of Netpol, a coalition of community and activist based support groups which monitor police activities and challenges practices which may be unlawful, excessive or damaging to society writes about the recent raids on Britain's Traveller communities.

Warsan Shire: London’s first young Poet Laureate

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Warsan Shire was announced this month as the first ever Young Poet Laureate for London. Chosen from six young finalists, the 24-year-old poet was born in Kenya to Somali parents and grew up in London, where she still resides.

Felix Dexter: One of Britain's great Black comedians dies

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When a young Felix Dexter arrived in London from St Kitts at the age of seven, it would have been a scary and daunting prospect. What did a young black kid make of England in 1968, the year Enoch Powell made his “Rivers of Blood” speech?

Jessica Huntley, political and cultural activist dies at 86

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London mourns the passing of one of its inveterate activists in the struggle for social liberation and against racism in schooling and education. Jessica Huntley, co-founder and director of Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications and bookstore in West Ealing, passed away at Ealing Hospital on Sunday morning, 13 October, following a short illness. She was 86 last February.

Stop the Immigration Bill

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The Immigration Bill being forced through Parliament has been described by one MP as ‘the most racist piece of legislation I have seen’ in his 16 years as an MP.

Britain’s diversity is a real strength, migrants have played an invaluable part in making the UK a fantastic place to live. The contribution made by immigrants in the UK has been enormous economically, socially and culturally. Migrants don’t come here to use the NHS, they come here to work in the NHS!

The Bill proposes:

The Black vote to support Black arts!

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THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, WESTMINSTER, LONDON SW1A OAA
Weds Oct 23rd 2013, 10:00 - 13:00

Discussion on the impact, importance, patterns and relevance of votes cast by UK citizens of African/Caribbean & other BAME heritage

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