You can’t move for all the ‘tolerance’ in Britain

by Shane Thomas As I’m sure you’ll remember, a few months ago, I wrote a piece on the racist door policy of the club Libertine[1]. Such treatment is hardly an anomalous experience for people of colour, whether trying to enter public establishments, or just existing in this country. However, it appears that the UKIP leader… Read More

“We can’t allow the scapegoating of migrants in the political arena to go on.” – Interview with Benali Hamdache

Benali Hamdache has worked as a campaigns coordinator for a migrants’ rights charity as well as having helped to set up a charity that advocates on behalf of young people with mental health problems. He is currently the LGBTIQ Greens Co-chair and has campaigned for marriage equality and against the blood ban. Benali became a… Read More

When it comes to UK foreign policy, is it devil in a blue tie, devil in a red tie?

by Robert Kazandjian On the 7th of May, British citizens go to the polls. The mainstream media is currently sweltering, overcome by election fever. We are bombarded by the false promises of white, privately educated men. Domestically, change in governance may signal a tiptoe left towards the centre ground or perhaps drag us ever further… Read More

The musing of a romantic liberal – Interview with Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera

Ruwan, who is of mixed-heritage descent (Sri Lanka/British Jewish), is a former national and international advisor and a campaigner in the fields of community cohesion and equality and diversity issues within the British police service. He is also a founding member and the first elected General Secretary of the National Black Police Association (UK). Ruwan… Read More

Migrants will have the keys to 10 Downing Street – make sure your voice is heard on 7 May

by Awale Olad A recent report by the Migrants Rights Network (MRN) and the University of Manchester highlighted the strength in numbers migrants will have in the upcoming General Election. However, despite what some right-wing papers would have you believe, they are by no means a voting bloc. The report told us that 4 million… Read More

The Suffocation of British Muslim Civil Society Space

by Omayma El Ella In the run-up to the General Election it is important to consider the political engagement or lack thereof of the major parties with minorities in this country. From a Muslim perspective, the majority of that engagement has been predominantly centred on “counter-extremism” via the PREVENT programme. As with most minorities, Muslims… Read More

“The Conservative Party is a broad church” Interview with Walaa Idris

by Kiri Kankhwende What first motivated you to get into politics? What issues are you passionate about? This might sound a little cliché, but I was moved by a sense of duty and responsibility, and a huge desire to make a difference. My feeling of duty was towards those around me: my family, my community… Read More

From a survivor to the new government: every woman matters

by Huma Munshi  The prevalence of violence against women and girls remains unabated. We have become all too familiar with the statistic that two women are killed a week by their partner, with women of colour and migrant women disproportionately impacted by domestic homicide. Rather than properly address the issues that protect women and young… Read More

“It’s an exciting time to be a politician”: Interview with Reema Patel (Labour Councillor)

by Kiri Kankhwende Reema Patel is a councillor in Barnet and the Secretary of the Fabian Women’s Network. She also sits on the Labour Party’s Disability Labour executive committee and has campaigned on a number of issues, including libraries, housing rights for domestic violence survivors and better working conditions for care workers. 1. What first… Read More

Climate change is easier to ignore because right now it’s people of colour who suffer the most

by Maya Goodfellow Their eyes glaze over and although they nod along to what you’re saying, you can tell they’ve stopped listening. This is a common reaction when you talk about climate change. It’s usually followed by a self-assured explanation: “I know it’s important but there are other, more pressing issues to worry about.” It’s… Read More