Murder by negligence on EU border

Last month, Freedom reported on the plight of 32 people from Afghanistan seeking asylum in the EU imprisoned on the Polish-Belarus border and left there without food, shelter or medical assistance for weeks. These people are the victims of a diplomatic spat between the dictatorial regime of Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko and the EU. The Belarusian government

IWGB survey of key workers in courier sector reveals 9 in 10 have been harassed, with BAME workers hardest hit

A survey of 100 couriers conducted by the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) highlights endemic harassment and abuse of gig workers. 9 in 10 couriers said they have endured harassment at work, with almost two thirds reporting physical assault. Nearly half (44 percent) of respondents say they are harassed or verbally abused at

It starts in schools- how young people are consistently failed as victims of discrimination and sexual assault, and how it carries into adulthood.

CW: descriptions of discrimination and sexual assault Featured in this article are quotes from a survey I conducted among peers about types of discrimination they faced in school. All names have been changed for the sake of privacy. “This is a widespread, endemic issue. It’s not about one environment, or demographic or school; [it] is

Racism and Hate at the Heart of England’s Poetry

CW: racist and classist language. The Telegraph on March 6th published an article by Craig Simpson entitled “Philip Larkin statue placed on secret racism review’s list following Black Lives Matter protests”. It covers the viewing of “secret” emails shared among staff at Hull City Council revealing how they “quietly began compiling a list of major

Movements First, Solutions Later

Netpol’s Kevin Blowe argues that Britain’s nascent abolitionist movement needs to focus its energy into long-term grassroots organising, not top-down academic debate. Ever since the rebirth of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, it has been far from clear that the demand to “defund the police” will resonate in Britain as it has in

Cops shut down Westminster protest for Mohamud Hassan

Yesterday evening officers from the Met’s infamous Territorial Support Group shut down a protest called in memory of Mohamud Mohammed Hassan, a 24 year old black man who died following police contact in Cardiff last Saturday. Using powers granted to them by the Health Protection regulations, officers moved quickly to disperse the assembly, issuing spot

Hearts of Oak- threat or a joke?

Saturday saw the public debut of a new attempt to “unite the right”. A new organisation called “Hearts of Oak” held its inaugural demo in Parliament Square. The backers of this new organisation makes it look like an attempt to reboot the coalition that emerged around the “Day for Freedom” in May 2018, which saw