The #BlackLivesMatter Movement: Your comfort isn’t the priority, justice is

by Robert Kazandjian Black Lives Matter. Today, three weeks after 18 year old Mzee Mohammed’s death in police custody in Liverpool, five years and one day since Mark Duggan’s murder by armed police officers in Tottenham, Black British activists are undertaking bold collective action. Organiser Joshua Virasami told the BBC that black people should unite… Read More

“I Have My Anger Back” | Jendella Benson

To My Son by Jendella Benson  What is there to be said? I can only feel anger for so long until it ferments into the cold reality of endless despair. In the echo chambers of our social media spheres we are all shouting, all screaming, all crying the same thing. The hopelessness of such a… Read More

The decimation of Legal Aid – why should you care?

by Miranda Grell In the first half of the twentieth century when the Legal Aid and Advice Act came into force in Britain, legal aid was considered to be the fourth pillar of the new welfare state, alongside the National Health Service, comprehensive schools and council housing. There was public support for the new form… Read More

The Police’s Ban on Bashment Reveals Their Fear of Blackness

by Shane Thomas When thinking of police interactions with black citizens, one often visualises the nuisance of harassment and the tragedy of death. But long held anti-black maxims also appear in their involvement in the most innocuous areas of British life. The Metropolitan Police were recently in the news after they allegedly instructed Dice Bar in… Read More

Joint Enterprise: A dangerous cocktail of innuendo, hearsay and racism

by Colin Joseph  Last week it could finally be reported that the first two defendants in a murder trial at the Old Bailey walked free from court following the recent landmark Supreme Court ruling on joint enterprise. Joint enterprise is not a new law, but it was developed by the courts to allow for more… Read More

The Police Have Their Own Crimes to Answer For

CONTENT NOTE: This piece will include descriptions of police violence in some detail. by Shane Thomas In 2008, Sean Rigg – a black man suffering from mental illness – died in police custody. Yet it’s taken nearly eight years for the case to be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service to determine whether the police… Read More

Sarah Reed’s death is a call to end our complacency

by Siana Bangura   I am tired of feeling numb, tired of mourning, tired of bearing witness to a war declared on black bodies. Here I am yet again writing about the death of a Black British victim of police brutality. Last May I wrote about the story of Sheku Bayoh.  Since his death, the… Read More

When will the Met Police be held accountable for deaths in their custody?

by Maya Goodfellow 240, the number of racial discrimination cases made against the Met in 12 months. 509, the disproportionate number of black and minority ethnic people who’ve died in state detention since 1991. 0, the number of people held to account in either instance. These statistics might seem dull; they’re no rivals to the… Read More

When the Police Shot a Black Mother In Her Bed

30 years ago today, 28th September 1985, Metropolitan Police officers in Brixton burst into the home of Dorothy Groce, known to her friends as Cherry, and wrongfully shot her while she was in her bed in front of her young children and family. Soon after the shooting, members of the local community came out to find… Read More

Why My Son Needs Feminism

by Jendella Benson Once upon a time I seriously considered not having children. “Why bring an innocent life into this world of tragedy and pain?” I reasoned. Now, as a mother-to-be, the thought of what this world has to offer my child still scares me, and yet the thought of what my child has to… Read More