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BARAC meeting: Stephen Lawrence 19 years on, race and racism today

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A meeting has been organised by Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) on Thursday to discuss the next steps in challenging institutional racism and discrimination.

The public meeting is set to take place at the University of London Union (Malet Suite), Malet Street, WC1E 7H between 6.30 - 9.30pm, chaired by activist Lee Jasper (BARAC).

Woman charged over racist 'tube rant'

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A 42-year-old woman has been accused of racist abuse on a central line train on the London Underground.

Jacqueline Woodhouse has been charged with racially aggravated common assault and a racially aggravated public order offence.

She is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today after being arrested over the alleged incident, which took place on the evening of January 23.

A seven-minute video was posted online last month showing a woman addressing two Asian men on a packed carriage.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said

The Black power salute and the third man

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I read this story on the train and smiled, and nearly cried. I cry easy. It is an Olympic story that simply has everything: drama, sadness, politics, race politics, courage, banality, friendship, heresy, dignity, hope and redemption.

Liberal Democrats Leadership Programme

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This month Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg announced the participants in the Liberal Democrat Leadership Programme. The Leadership Programme is intended to support future Parliamentary candidates from under-represented backgrounds through training, mentoring, shadowing opportunities and more.

More than two-thirds of participants are female and a third are from BME backgrounds. A significant number of participants are disabled, openly LGBT, under 30 years old and/or from a lower socio-economic background.

Clegg commented:

Adam Afriyie: Minister in waiting

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Britain’s first Conservative MP of African descent, Adam Afriyie should be in line to become a Minister in a much anticipated Government reshuffle.

Elected in 2005, Afriyie quickly became a rising star, appointed as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Universities and Skills. On 23 March 2010, Afriyie looked across The House of Commons Dispatch Box to face his parliamentary opponent David Lammy MP, a quite symbolic moment in British political history.

Capello and co. don't understand racism

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First it was the FIFA president Sepp Blatter who suggested it's ok to racially abuse someone on the field as long they shake hands afterwards. Then it was the turn of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish who didn’t see any problems with Patrice Evra being booed by fans, seeing it as banter.

Concerns for breast cancer support group for Asian women

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A radiologist fears for the future of a support group launched to improve early diagnosis of breast cancer amongst Asian women.

Consultant radiologist Anil Jain at University Hospital of South Manchester launched the group in October 2011, hoping to improve cross-cultural communication between doctors, nurses and the Asian community, and allow patients and carers to share their experiences.

Yorkshire BME groups could close over budget cuts

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The dramatic budget cuts imposed by the coalition government across the board could trigger off bigger problems in society. That is the fear of campaigners in Yorkshire, who fear that a number of organisations promoting racial justice and helping vulnerable people in BME communities could be forced to close due to severe cuts in funding.

John Terry stripped of captaincy

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The Football Association have stripped John Terry of the England captaincy, it was announced earlier today.

The decision was made after his trial for the alleged racist abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand was delayed until July 9 following a hearing at Westminster Magistrates court on Wednesday. Terry denies the charges.

John Terry to stand trial after EURO 2012

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England captain John Terry will stand trial for alleged racist abuse against QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in July.

The Chelsea skipper did not attend the first hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London but his barrister George Carter-Stephenson QC, entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

The trial is set to take place on July 9, nine days after the final of the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, meaning he could captain England during the games while having the charge hanging over him.

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