The police have sought to recruit a mole within the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK.


The anti-racism campaigner Lowri Davies shared the recording with the Guardian to raise awareness of what she alleges were “distressing” techniques used to try to manipulate her into providing information to the police. 




The Black Lives Matter Exhibtion 2021

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021

KWAME ATOKO


Ghanaian sculptor Kwame Akoto-Bamfo - BBC New Africa who sculpts faces that represent those who were stolen from their homelands in the transatlantic slave trade.


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Kwame Akoto-Bamfo

You see the faces of our ancestors

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo - Sculptor

Our Ancestor, lest we forget...

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo - Sculptor

Portraits of Africans who were imprisoned

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo - Sculptor

Kidnapped or coerced into slavery

British History: Black and British

Royden Allen & Panya Banjoko - When We Worked At Raleigh
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Royden Allen - When We Worked At Raleigh

When We Worked at Raleigh


The When We Worked at Raleigh Project Celebrates the Lives of the Factory's Black British Caribbean Workers


"When We Worked at Raleigh (May 2019-present) is a project led by Nottingham Black Archive and Primary documenting the experiences of members of the Windrush generation, and their descendants, who worked for Raleigh Industries from the 1950s to the 1980s. Over the course of the project, Nottingham Black Archive will collect oral histories and historical material, documenting arrival and day-to-day experiences, and contributions to challenging racism and increasing workplace equality in one of Nottingham’s most famous industries."


Panya Banjoko - Don't Blame the Blacks

Previously based in the Howitt Building on Lenton Boulevard, Raleigh Industries manufactured bicycles in the mid-20th century that were distributed internationally; one of the main exportation sites was Jamaica. At one point almost every African Caribbean household in Nottingham had at least one family member who was employed by Raleigh. Whilst many cities celebrate their historic buildings and industries, the contribution of minority groups is often overlooked. Recognising, commemorating, and learning from this contribution feels essential in contemporary Britain, where members of this community have been hit by the Windrush Scandal, and both established and new communities are affected by the ‘hostile environment’.


Project leads: Panya Banjoko ( Nottingham Black Archive ) and Rebecca Beinart (Primary)


Weareprimary.org projects-archive - When We Worked at Raleigh




Oswald George Powe - When We Worked At Raleigh

Don’t Blame the Blacks Exhibition Highlights Extraordinary Activism of Oswald George Powe



Curated by Nottingham Black Archive founder Panya Banjoko, Don’t Blame the Blacks explores the history of Nottingham’s black communities since the 1950s. The title of the exhibition comes from a seminal text written by Oswald George Powe, a labour unionist, activist, and politician whose life and work is the focus of the collection. Using archival material to build a rich picture of the activist streak in Nottingham’s black communities, the exhibition sheds light on the importance of Powe and his fight against racial discrimination at Raleigh Industries. 





RAF recruits in WW2

George Powe was a Caribbean RAF servicemember from WW2 who trained in Hunmanby Moor, Filey, East Yorkshire.



George Powe was politically aware and involved himself in local and national politics, trade unionism and actively fought racial discrimination. In 1956 he wrote and had published an important political pamphlet in conjunction with the Afro-Asian West Indian Union (of which he was the secretary). It was called “Don’t Blame The Blacks”.


He had been inspired to act following the Race Riots in 1958 and campaigned to change the employment policy at Raleigh Cycles Nottingham, but with negotiations failing he sought the assistance of Norman Manley, Jamaica’s first Premier, leading to an embargo of bicycle imports from England.



Oswald George Powe - RAF Recruit


Oswald George Powe - RAF Recruit














This action helped change the company’s policy, Raleigh subsequently becoming one of the largest employers of African Caribbean workers in Nottingham. Read more - African Yorkshire Project



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Click on image - These were Black Employees of Raleigh Industries during 1950's to the 1980's to her their personal experiences



In an ideal world we wouldn’t need a Black History Month, but we do, and more than ever!


THERE SHOULDN’T be a need to cram Black history into a single month, each year.


The teaching of Black history should be a part of a continuous education viewed through the wider lens of human history. And furthermore, it’s high time that the often sanitised version of black history taught in schools is radically transformed...Richard Sudan argues that black history underpins the present-day struggle for equity. Read > The Voice Online




Queen Elizabeth Supports Black Lives Matter Movement 

Reveals

Sir Ken Olisa

Lord-Lieutenant for London

The House of Windsor


Inside News!

The Royal family Supports

BLACK LIVES MATTER

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The Queen Supports

Black Lives Matter Movement

09 September 2021


The Queen and the royal family are supporters of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, one of Her Majesty’s representatives has said.


Sir Ken Olisa, the first black Lord-Lieutenant for London revealed on film to Channel 4 that he had discussed the topic of racism with members of the royal household in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in the US and civil protest worldwide, May 2020.


In an interview with the broadcaster, he said: “I have discussed with the royal household this whole issue of race particularly in the last 12 months since the George Floyd incident".


He went on to say “It’s a hot conversation topic. The question is what more can we do to bind society to remove these barriers."


“They [the royals] care passionately about making this one nation bound by the same values.”


Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, the first black Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, stressed that the Royal Family and household support the Black Lives Matter movement.


Profiled on the official website of his Whitehall-based Lieutenancy office, Sir Ken acts as ‘Her Majesty’s representative in Greater London and is charged with upholding the dignity of the Crown’. Kenneth Olisa spoke to Channel 4 as part of the Black to Front Project, a dedicated roster of broadcasting on 10 September 2020 focused on ‘Black presenters, actors, writers and experts, contributors, and programme-makers.’


BLACK CHILDREN MATTER
BLACK CHILDREN MATTER
August 17, 2021 - The High Court gave the go-ahead for a judicial review of secondary legislation made by the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, which provides that children in care in England must always live in regulated settings where they receive day-to-day care from adults – but only to the age of 15.

Article 39 children’s rights charity has brought a legal challenge and is arguing that the change to the law discriminates against children in care aged 16 and 17 who similarly need care,

A Killing in Tiger Bay

1: 1 THE MURDER - On Valentine's Day 1988, a young girl is discovered brutally murdered in Cardiff's docklands. Despite evidence pointing to a lone white male killer a ten month investigation concludes with the arrest of five local black men. What happens next beggars belief


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1:2 THE TRIAL - Despite the lack of any forensic evidence tying the men to the crime, they are put on trial and face a marathon ordeal at court in what would become Britain's longest murder trial. Their fate rests on a police confession from one of the five men accused - but can this testimony be trusted?


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1:3 THE RECKONING - Despite the lack of any forensic evidence tying the men to the crime, they are put on trial and face a marathon ordeal at court in what would become Britain's longest murder trial. Their fate rests on a police confession from one of the five men accused - but can this testimony be trusted?

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Breakfast Clubs Against Racism


We are pleased to announce we have funded and partnered and with Breakfast Clubs Against Racism who have recently registered as a UK charity.




MEET OUR OFFICIALS PARTNERS OF BLACK LIVES MATTER - BREAKFAST CLUBS AGAINST RACISM


Introduction to Breakfast Clubs Against Racism



Breakfast Clubs Against Racism, is to launch first 3 breakfast clubs in London. Breakfast clubs are a 10-week project, every Saturday morning, designed to guide the students through topics such as:


  • How to recognise institutional racism and how to combat it


  • Stereotyping and why it’s so harmful


  • Breaking the cycle of oppression


  • How to stand up against racial discrimination


  • How to be a leader and create change for the next generation



About Breakfast Clubs Against Racism


Breakfast Clubs Against Racism has been developed to teach children about racism and delivering education and leadership skills to young people.


This is a FREE project to attend and we will have 15 spaces on each club.


Breakfast Clubs Against Racism still have spaces at their clubs in Peckham and Lewisham and they would love for it to be at full capacity. Sign Up! 



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You can report an incident of discrimination in football - whether it took place online or at a grassroots, non-league or professional game - by filling in the online reporting form below. 


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3 Lions


Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka

Black Lives Matter

Above: Manchester shows support for Marcus Rashford: ‘It’s evolved into something special’



Below: Raheem, Marcus and Bukayo on family







THE BBC - 12/07/21

Racist abuse of England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho & Bukayo Saka 'unforgivable'


READ MORE


Englands Football Team Players - Paved the way Euro 2020 final


‘Pride of lions’: what the papers say about England’s Euro final defeat

Heartbreak is the word of the day as newspapers capture the poignant end of a thrilling journey for the football team that dared to dream


Budapest - Monkey chants aimed at players during game

Sep 2021 - England players targeted with racist abuse in Hungary during World Cup qualifying win.


The evils of racism continue and has no boundaries.


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THE PLAYERS TRIBUNE US


Racism in Sport across the pond - US Athletes listen to their stories. Speak up for what’s right. Silence is not an option. #BlackLivesMatter.


MORE USA STORIES

01.

Evidence of Police Racism 


The opening seconds of this video on the BBC shows a police officer repeatedly punching a young black male in the head, approx. 6-10 times.


This is disproportionate in contrast to White others breaching barriers, excessive force and clearly opportunist, police officer taking full advantage of the situation, racially motivated intention on part of the police officer.


02.

White Privilige & Public Disorder


Crowd of White males doing exactly what the young black male was doing, entering Wembley Stadium without tickets walk past largely unchallenged or punched in the head once unlike the multiple times as we see on film footage of the Black male targeted by the police office to bring down.


Racism lives in the force


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GETTING
DRUGS
UNDER
CONTROL


DRUG POLICY FIT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

FOR FIFTY YEARS THE MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT HAS DAMAGED PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES, UNDERMINED SCIENCE AND ENTRENCHED SOCIAL INJUSTICE


People across the country are calling for reform of our drugs laws. This is not only a matter of political debate, but an issue that affects real people from all backgrounds.


Listen to the voices of those directly affected by drug policy, and why they want change now, on our 50 Voices page.




Stories

Meet the families. The stories below tell how the members of Anyone’s Child have been negatively affected by the drug war, and why they chose to become part of this campaign. Please read and share - Read more...



50 VOICES

Families, activists, lawyers, politicians, police officers are all part of our growing movement calling for change. Watch our 50 stories to hear why more and more people are calling for an end to the Misuse of Drugs Act.




The History of Cannabis Regulation

Please read - Read more...


There is a troubling racial disparity in the targeting and punishment of Black people for drug related offences. Despite being no more or even less likely to use drugs than white people, Black people are far more likely to be charged for possession rather than cautioned, to be taken to court, to be fined or imprisoned and to get a criminal record than their white counterparts. Black people are also nearly more than 10 times as likely to get stopped and searched for drugs than white people.


The criminalisation of young Black boys needs to STOP where White counterparts mostly walk free without ever having a criminal record for social drug use.

The Police need to STOP racially using the misuse of drugs act to victimising young Black people.



Black people are going missing in vast numbers


Black people are four times more likely to be reported as missing in England and Wales


Many of the missing people are British Black, Brown young people, BUT it seem it largely goes unnoticed as an alarming statistics of concern - do the authorities and state really care about British Black and Brown children, it seems not.


The mother of Richard Okorogheye, whose body was found in woodland in April 2021, says police appeared to “count the minutes” when she would call about her missing son.

Richard Okorogheye’s mother says police treated her as nuisance: ‘They counted the minutes when I was on the phone’...read more


Black Lives Matter UK are poster partners of Missing People UK...Go to our mising missing appeal page



Folajimi Olubunmi- Adewole - Jimi The Hero


Jimi a nations HERO.




Sign Petition: Memorial Plaque on London Bridge for Jimi ❤️



Jimi, Nigerian Born Folajimi Olubunmi- Adewole died saving a woman life who attempted suicide in River Thames on Friday 23/04/2021. Jimi was on his way home from work with his friend Bernard Kosia, he became aware of a woman who had apparently jumped into the river, not  thinking twice after calling the police, Jimi convinced he could do something to save her he jumped in and subsequently drowned in his efforts.


Many are choosing provide support the funeral and the rest for post -funeral because he was hardworking college graduate who at 20 was the family’s breadwinner.

Jimi is survived by his aged parents and siblings, if you would like to support too, please click this link.


Jimi is noted to be a pure - hearted soul and a great helper and a loving boy. RIP


Note: Jimi's parents bank details is the linked to the Gofundme account.



WW1


WW1- The Working Lads Institute was the first of its kind in London to admit black people and Rev Thomas Jackson, the founder, is pictured here with five soldiers at the time of World War I


Learn More - Spitalfields, whitechapel lads



African-American veterans lynched after World War I


When they returned home from World War I, African-American veterans faced heavy discrimination. This article focuses on those African American veterans who were lynched after World War I.


Learn More - WIKI

New London riots of 1919


White and black sailors and marines occupied separate living quarters at the Naval submarine base in Groton, Connecticut in 1919. Racial tensions were high in the Groton and New London area from May to June, and there were several confrontations between the two groups. Black sailors reported that white sailors attacked them, and white Marines accused the black sailors of waiting for them after dark when they crossed Long Cove Bridge.


Learn More - WIKI

THE 'BLACK ARMY' : UNSUNG HEROES OF WORLD WAR I


Click image or here to read article is written to explore and highlight the lack of recognition given to those black men and women who served the colonisers in The “Great War”, otherwise known as WWI. The war was prompted by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, it lasted 4 years, and was supposedly largely fought between European powers. The war saw the death of over 16 million people, and ultimately lead to the rise of Adolf Hitler and eventually, World War II. This is a summary of everything that the history books in the school curriculums want us to know about that war. However, in this blog post I wanted to shed more light on the forgotten army, the black army - that were truly the unsung heroes of these European victories.






"NEVER , EVER BE AFRAID TO MAKE SOME NOISE AND GET IN GOOD TROUBLE, NECESSARY TROUBLE"



“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”   

  ~ John Lewis 8/6/2020 











BLACK LIVES MATTER TEAM
BLACK LIVES MATTER


 

FIGHTING RACISM IS NOT EASY BUT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO

 

Black lives matter is not a political argument for debate, it is a moral stance and act of humanity.


We all have a responsibility to change our communities, our shared society and the world we all live.


Let's create a world where Everyone feels included.

 

FIGHT FOR A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE BELONGS.


DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE?
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE?
Richard Okorogheye

What happened to Richard Okorogheye?

The mother of Richard Okorogheye has spoken of her heart being “ripped apart” after the student’s body was found in a lake in Epping Forest, Essex.
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE?
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE?
Richard Okorogheye

What happened to Richard Okorogheye?

The mother of Richard Okorogheye has spoken of her heart being “ripped apart” after the student’s body was found in a lake in Epping Forest, Essex.
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK CHILDREN?
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK CHILDREN?
Death of Christopher Kapessa
Who was Christopher?

A 13 year old black child, who was pushed into a river and drowned by his peers. Within 24 hours of his death, CPS ruled it non suspicious and closed the case even though there is evidence to prosecute.

Help us demand justice. #justiceforchristopherkapessa
JUSTICE FOR CHRISTOPHER KAPESSA
JUSTICE FOR CHRISTOPHER KAPESSA

“Justice for Christopher Kapessa”

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Christopher - The Boy Who Never Came Home

BBC Wales Investigates



A schoolboy told his mum he was going out to play – but his body was found in a river. Police initially said it wasn’t suspicious, but Christopher Kapessa’s mum kept asking questions. Now she’s fighting for the teenager who pushed him into the water in what prosecutors say was a 'foolish prank' to be charged with manslaughter.




Death of Shukri Abdi, 12, in Bury river an accident, says coroner


Schoolgirl drowned in River Irwell, where she was with a group of other children

Shukri Abdi's death: from a 999 call to a coroner's verdict via global protests

The refugee schoolgirl always came home on time, until one day she didn’t, sparking a high-profile campaign for justice



TWITTER JUSTICE FOR SHUKRI


27 June 2021 is two years since the lose of Shukri Abdi. Heart still hurt, never forget her, say her name until we have #JusticeForShukriAbdi


Dea-John Ried, 14, racially abused before being chased and stabbed to death in Birmingham


Dea-John Ried, 14-year-old was chased and stabbed to death in Birmingham on Monday 31 May 2021 and was subjected to racial abuse before the assault, police understand.


West Midlands Police today named the victim as teenager Dea-John Reid and said that racist language was directed towards him and his friends before the attack.


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Black Children Matter

BLACK KIDS MATTER

BLACK CHILDREN MUST BE SAFEGUARDED AND PROTECTED


DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT BLACK CHILDREN?
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT BLACK CHILDREN?
Noah Donohoe 14 yrs disappeared in North Belfast in June 21st, shortly after he was seen cycling near the Shore Roadsparking a huge search effort. His body was later found in a storm drain.
Noah's mother Fiona has launched a public appeal to find out what happened to her son. She has set up dedicated pages on Twitter and Facebook, called MyNoah Donohoe, as she seeks answers about his disappearance and death.
Mayor pledges support for 'Remembering Noah' campaign

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Brian Tierney, has pledged his support to the family of teenager Noah Donohoe, as they continue to seek answers surrounding his tragic death.
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
The Noah Donohoe Foundation

Noah Donohoe (14) went missing from his home in South Belfast on Sunday 21st June 2020. His Mum Fiona has set up the Noah Foundation in his memory; a foundation that will support the causes and issues that Noah cared about.

Charity Registration No. 105105
JUSTICE FOR NOAH

A Mother's fight for justice!
JUSTICE FOR NOAH
JUSTICE FOR NOAH
Justice Mohamud Hassan
Justice Mohamud Hassan
Police officer served misconduct notice as part of investigation into Mohamud Hassan's death.

Mohamud Hassan came into contact with 52 police officers within the hours before his death

Click image above to read more...
Four South Wales Police officers served misconduct notices
Four South Wales Police officers served misconduct notices
Four South Wales Police officers served misconduct notices in Mohamud Hassan investigation

Three further police officers have been served misconduct notices concerning their decision-making on use of force on Mr Hassan during his arrest and another has been served a gross misconduct notice relating to police professional standards

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JUSTICE FOR LEON BRIGGS
JUSTICE FOR LEON BRIGGS
Leon Briggs died in hospital after being restrained and detained. The court had heard that 'prone restraint and prolonged struggle', according to the post mortem, were a primary cause of death.

Click to read story...
BED POLICE APOLOGISE MARCH 2021
BED POLICE APOLOGISE MARCH 2021
Inquest jurors identify police and ambulance failings before 39-year-old’s death in Luton in 2013

The way in which police officers restrained a man with drug-induced psychosis “more than minimally” contributed to his death in Luton in 2013, an inquest jury in Milton Keynes has found by unanimous verdict.

Leon Briggs, a 39-year-old father of two of mixed ethnic background, was a lorry driver and also taught computer skills to older people. His family described him as “a loving brother and fathe
APOLOGY COMES 7 YEARS ON...
APOLOGY COMES 7 YEARS ON...
Beds Police apologises to Leon Briggs' family after inquest finds failings 'contributed' to his death

Bedfordshire Police has apologised to the family of Leon Briggs after an inquest concluded significant failings by officers "contributed" to his death seven years ago.

Tupac 1992


Tupac Shakur passionately explains his views on generosity and responsibility, traits he feels some people with extreme wealth like Donald Trump lack, in this MTV News clip from 1992.


RSC Artists speak up


RSC Artists speak up. #BlackLivesMatter



I can't Breathe: Black and Dead in Custody

|Contains upsetting scenes|


Panorama investigates why black men in the UK are more likely than white men to have force used on them by police and to die in police custody. 

Reporter Mark Daly follows the family of Kevin Clarke on their search for justice. Mr Clarke repeatedly said, 'I can’t breathe' as he was restrained by police on the ground for 14 minutes during a mental health crisis. He died soon afterwards, his words mirroring those of George Floyd, whose death in the US triggered a global debate on race and policing. 

The programme also reveals fresh evidence in Scotland’s most high-profile death in custody. Sheku Bayoh died in 2015 after being restrained by up to six officers.


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  • First shown7:35pm 18 Jan 2021
  • Available for 11 months expires 17 Oct 2021


Audio Described: Sign Language




In the early morning of September 28 1985, armed police raided 22 Normandy Road in Brixton. As Cherry Groce rose from bed to see what was going on, she was shot, leaving her paralysed for the rest of her life and sparking the Brixton uprising of 1985. In this episode of The Justice Gap Podcast, the author and Cherry’s son Lee Lawrence speaks to Calum McCrae.


You can click image above for snippet of discussion, for full interrview click embeded link below and or listen to podcast out on iTunes, Spotify and on thejusticegap.com too.


Click to Read More: https://www.thejusticegap.com/episode-5-the-louder-i-will-sing/



Black Lives Matter Movement won an Ethnicity Award for ‘Media Moment’ 2020


We were honoured to accept the award and with you are collaborating for change


The Black Lives Matter Movement were publicly voted as the most important Media Moment of the year alongside 9 other diverse and important nominees  If you’d like to look at the full list, please look here: ethnicityawards.com 


NEVER FORGET

STEPHEN LAWRENCE


Tate Modern presents the first major UK survey of visual activist Zanele Muholi




Zanele Muholi is one of the most acclaimed photographers working today, and their work has been exhibited all over the world. With over 260 photographs, this exhibition presents the full breadth of their career to date.


...


Voices of children matter too

Let's make their voice count

Listen!


CHANGE IS WHAT WE ALL NEED 

WE MUSTN'T BE COMPLCIT IN THE SUFFERING AND SILENCING OF YET ANOTHER GENERATION…WE MUST LISTEN MORE.


Children want to be able to talk about race and racism


AUDIO

Listen to Thomas Roughan in his own words; age just 7 he wrote this poem titled RUBY RED with the Black Lives Matter Movement in mind. Click here to go to where we've published Thomas's poem for the world to read the words of an innocent child on his early experience of racism in the playgroud of his old school. You'll also get to listen to his recent radio interview on radio Solent!


Thomas wrote this poem for a 500 Words: Black Lives Matter competition


St John’s College a progressive educational establishment encourages important conversations at home, at school and across the nation, the themes and issues was relating to what was emerging from the Black Lives Matter movements all around globe. The initiative encouraged children to think of what’s going on in the world, and Thomas told us!

 

St John’s College wrote “Year 4 student Thomas wrote an incredibly powerful poem in response to the movement and got through to the first round.

Read his compelling piece below:”


The same poem is also on Thomas's new school website St John’s College, Hampshire, here is the link below:

Thomas Roughan - RUBY RED 



FROM THOMAS ROUGHAN A CHILD ABOVE TO

CONSTANTINE AN ADULT'S BELOW 



June 2020 in midst of COVID-19, like so many of us across the world Constantine like millions of other was impacted and affected by the visual and moving images of George Floyd being murdered in front of the eyes of the world, he sent in a poem and went on to recite using his words, his voice. Take a listen to the author...


I AM NOT "OTHER"



Author: Constantine

"To give them context, I am not a writer, far less a poet. These words came out spontaneously in the wake of the George Floyd murder. I just wrote them down as they came, and didn't edit or re-write, although there might have been some benefit in that!"


Read Constantine go to quotes...


AUDIO

FIGHT FOR JUSTICE

FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN'S RIGHT TO BE TAUGHT THE WHOLE STORY OF BRITISH HISTORY IN SCHOOLS


FIGHT FOR RACIAL EQUALITY


WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH


Protesting is a Human Right


Both in common law and the Human Rights Act 1998

Article 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights provides freedom of assembly. This means that every individual, regardless of cause has the right to protest, march or demonstrate in a public space.



Protests and marches:


Letting the police know

By law you must tell the police in writing 6 days before a public march if you’re the organiser.

If you arrange a march at short notice, you must still tell the police as soon as you can.


If there’s no march involved

If there’s no march organised as part of your protest, you do not have to tell the police.


Go to Gov.uk Info


Diversity Troupe

Ashley Banjo: "The fight for Justice should not become a ‘trend’🖤 Love this powerful & moving video by the team!"


THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY - "STORIES MATTER"


Clicki to Read - Disney: storiesmatter.thewaltdisneycompany.com




It's long believed that old animations have racist undertones or even blatant racism portrayed in its character depiction.

 

Several Disney films have been criticised in the past for how they portray stereotypes of people from different countries.

 

Sep 2020 Disney decided to be progressive with its sensitivity surrounding racial discrimination and racism and how it relates to modern times and is now issuing tougher warnings against racial stereotypes in some of its classic films on its Disney+ streaming service.

 

Original cartoon versions of movies such as Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Lady And The Tramp, Aladdin, and The Aristocats now feature a stark message condemning some of the characters.

 

Subscribers to the service will see the following message when they click on certain films:

 

"This programme includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.

 

These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together."

 

"Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience across the globe."

 

IN 2019 Disney featured a shorter disclaimer message on some of its films, and it read:

"This programme is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions."




WHEN THE DUST SETTLES

BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER


THE LEGACY LIVES ON...


David’s Story

Helen’s Story

Rohit’s Story

Will’s Story

Geoff ’s Story

Leila's Story

Simon's Story

Jason's Story

PDLPoet's Story

In Discussion - Prejudice





YouTube Video SWISS - CAN'T BREATHE (PROD: SKY BEATS) #CantBreatheSwiss

Published Date: 30 May 2020



Description: Made in 2014 after 'Eric Garner' was murdered, and it's sad that these words are still so relevant. So I decided to do a video release in light of the recent murder of 'George Floyd' to release the shock-energy I received after watching his death yesterday (29.05.20) which I tried to avoid doing.


George Floyd "I CAN'T BREATHE" MAY 2020


Sometimes while we adjust to a trauma music can often speaks for us can evokes emotions much louder and deeper than our own words at times.

 

These 3 songs tell a story, a journey of struggle and pain, all three songs takes us there, to a place where it all makes sense...

 

You may have a different song you can call upon, what we do know It's time for a NEW Revolution ~ Black & White Revolution.

 

It has to be together, it cannot work apart and together we can make it through.

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER

HOW DO WE CONVEY EMOTIONAL PAIN AND MOURN BRUTAL MURDERS OF BLACK BODIES


WHEN WORDS FAIL MUSIC SPEAKS


Please take a listen to these 4 thought provoking YouTube videos 


SWISS from So Solid crew (BRIT, PRS ,MOBO award winners)

WITH

'I CAN'T BREATHE'

 

Legend Gill Scott Heron an American soul and jazz poet

'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'


Ajay Stephens - Memories (Drinks Bring Back Memories)


AND


Last but not least

Age just 12yr

Keedron Bryant

Sings a heart-breaking song

ft Will.i.am

I Just Wanna Live ( I Can’t Breathe ) 

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GEORGE FLOYD

(RIP 25-05-2020)

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YouTube Video Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Full Band Version)

Published Date: 16 March 2016



Description: Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1971)


As the US Civil Rights Movement gained momentum in the late 1960s, Scott-Heron recorded this musical poem that attacks the lethargy of the nation, spouting lame TV advertising slogans to parody the seriousness of the struggle:


“The revolution will not go better with Coke / The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath / The revolution will put YOU in the driver's seat.” 


Keedron Bryant - I Just Wanna Live (Official Music Video)

I Just Wanna Live ( I Can’t Breathe ) - Keedron Bryant ft Will.i.am

Published Date: 27 July 2020



Description: Emotional massage from Keedron Bryant & Will.I.Am Just Wanna Live ( I Can’t Breathe ) expressing the frustration of every black African-American in the United States.


#JusticesForGeorgeFloyd #Icantbreathe

#KeedronBryant #IJustWannaLive #BlackLivesMatter


Music stars including Lewis Capaldi and Rita Ora call for end to racism

More than 700 signatories from the UK music industry - including artists, managers, producers and companies - have written an open letter urging people to "stand together" and "wipe out racism now".


Like many cities, town and villages across the world including the UK Conventry stood up!


We did not chose to ignore George Floyd's death in 2020 nor will we choose to ignore George Floyd's memory how ever many years ahead. George Floyd you changed the world forever. RIP 25/05/2020.

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