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.
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...
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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:
FROM THOMAS ROUGHAN A CHILD ABOVE TO
CONSTANTINE AN ADULT'S BELOW
"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!"
Ashley Banjo: "The fight for Justice should not become a ‘trend’🖤 Love this powerful & moving video by the team!"
FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN'S RIGHT TO BE TAUGHT THE WHOLE STORY OF BRITISH HISTORY IN SCHOOLS
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.
BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER
THE LEGACY LIVES ON...
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.
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.”
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.
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".
I do things every day without fear, because I am privileged, and I am privileged every day because I am white.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 30, 2020
Being not racist is not enough, we must be anti racist.
Social change is enacted when a society mobilizes.
I stand in solidarity with all of those protesting. pic.twitter.com/45MSXAWEJl
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.
We believe in a world where every person belongs
We reject racism that stands in the way.
MAKE THAT STAND WITH US!
ZERO TOLERANCE TO RACISM
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