The killing of unarmed Chris Kaba by a police marksman shocked people all over the UK. Manchester, like many British towns and cities, held a rally to demand justice for his death.
Policing of pandemic disproportionately affected people of colour, report says
Policing of the pandemic “maintains racial injustice, further entrenches existing structural inequalities, and poses a threat to the safety and wellbeing of racially minoritised and working-class communities,” the authors say.
Moss Side 1981 – riot or uprising?
Gus John was a key figure in the Moss Side Defence Committee, which formed to defend Black people charged during the violent confrontations between the police and the public in 1981.
Prior to John’s keynote speech at an online antiracism rally on Monday 1 March, Ameen Hadi reflects on the reasons this conflict erupted in 1981 and how it can inform the ongoing struggle against racism.
Urgent need to prioritise anti-racism in Greater Manchester schools
Report highlights racism in Manchester schools with problems of lack of teacher racial literacy, a too ‘white and narrow’ curriculum, institutionally racist police in vulnerable schools and outdated school policies.
Manchester teachers union slams Burnham for putting more police in schools
Motion passed by teachers union condemns plans for school-based officers and says evidence supporting their use is ‘non-existent’.
Sustained pressure is needed for the Black Lives Matter movement to succeed in Manchester
Since the killing of George Floyd, Manchester has seen an outpouring of anger and passion in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, with local action ongoing across the city, but continued and active support is still needed to win the struggle against racial injustice. On 25 May 2020, the world witnessed murder of George […]
Review: ‘Never Counted Out! The story of Len Johnson, Manchester’s Black Boxing Hero and Communist’
In this guest post, Bernadette Hyland reviews Michael Herbert’s biography on Manchester’s black middleweight boxing champion and communist, Len Johnson. When my parents moved to Clayton, a working class suburb of Manchester in 1963, it was a large sprawling council estate surrounded by engineering and manufacturing factories and dominated by two busy main roads, Ashton […]
Far right mobilise in Manchester following damning child sex abuse report
Far right protesters gathered in St. Peter’s Square brandishing banners with racially charged slogans, following the publication of a report into Operation Augusta – an investigation of child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester. Katy Preen reports on who we really need to hold accountable for the failures to properly investigate and prosecute child sex abuse. […]
There’s a reason why you don’t see many black and ethnic minority faces in cultural spaces
Roaa Ali, a research associate at the University of Manchester, investigates the issues around ethnic inequalities in the arts, where BAME people are underrepresented in the creation and consumption of artistic work. Guest article from The Conversation. Have you ever been to the theatre, looked around, and thought about how predominantly white the audience is? […]
Letter: We stand with Jeremy Corbyn – just as he always stood with us
Organisations and individuals including Kehinde Andrews, Hanif Kureishi, Ahdaf Soueif, Gillian Slovo, Robert Del Naja and Anish Kapoor urge BAME and migrant communities to vote for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. Guest article from Red Pepper. As BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) representatives, organisations, anti-racist activists and individuals involved in local, national, and international campaigns, […]