Domestic violence charity warns lack of cultural understanding is putting Black women and girls at risk

Domestic violence charity Sistah Space is calling on the UK government to take action on domestic violence. It argues that agencies are letting vulnerable Black women and girls down due to a lack of cultural understanding. So the charity has launched a petition to introduce mandatory cultural competence training for agencies working with domestic violence victims and survivors. Valerie’s Law Sistah Space is a charity that works with Black women and girls who are at risk of, or have experienced, domestic or sexual abuse. The group is calling on the government to consider introducing Valerie’s Law. This would make cultural training compulsory for the police and other agencies that support…

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This charity is teaching children that Black British history is British history

AQA has approved Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health UK (BLAM) to deliver educational units on Black British history. The achievement comes in the wake of government attempts to whitewash British history as set out in its recent race disparities report. The importance of teaching Black history The charity works to support and uplift marginalised young people through a range of projects and initiatives. It will now provide AQA award units on Black British history. The organisation is developing its own Black History module for Key Stages 1-5. This module will teach children and young people about the true history of people of African descent. BLAM’s founder Ife…

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Are institutions failing missing Black people and their families?

Police have found a body in their search for missing Bristol student Olisa Odukwe. They are carrying out the formal identification process, and aren’t treating the death as suspicious. It comes at a moment in which many are accusing the police and mainstream media of failing to provide support and answers for the families of missing People of Colour. Olisa Odukwe, a ‘dear friend’ 20-year-old Odukwe was last seen leaving his home on 1 May. His friends described his disappearance as completely out of character. Avon and Somerset Police classified him as being at ‘high risk’ of coming to harm. On 4 May, police found a body in their search…

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Bone Rooms: How Elite Schools and Museums Amassed Black and Native Human Remains Without Consent

Revelations the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton hold the remains of a child killed by Philadelphia police in the 1985 MOVE bombing are the latest development in a conversation about demanding respectful treatment of African American remains in museum collections, especially those of the enslaved. The Penn Museum also apologized last week for holding more than 1,000 stolen skulls of enslaved people in its Morton Collection, and the president of Harvard University issued a letter in January acknowledging the 22,000 human remains in its collections included 15 from people of African descent who may have been enslaved in the United States, vowing review of the school’s ethics policies.…

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White prison officers at HMP Full Sutton accused of assaulting a Black Muslim prisoner

Content warning – this article contains a description of violence by prison officers Allegations have emerged that a group of white officers assaulted a Black Muslim prisoner at HMP Full Sutton on Thursday 22 April. A police complaint has been made after Dwayne Fulgence was left bleeding on the floor of his cell in HMP Full Sutton’s Segregation Unit. Fulgence was reportedly not given medical treatment for a considerable time after the attack. The Canary has been told he’s effectively been denied food since the attack. This is the second complaint that The Canary has seen from inside HMP Full Sutton in two weeks. On 14 April, The Canary reported…

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Ivy League Secret Exposed: Classes Used Bones of Black Children Killed in 1985 MOVE Police Bombing

Outrage is growing in Philadelphia after explosive revelations that the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University have been in possession of remains thought to belong to two children who were among 11 people killed in the 1985 police bombing of the Philadelphia home of the radical, Black liberation and anti-police-brutality group MOVE. We show an excerpt of a training video — now removed from the internet — by an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University who has been using the bones of at least one of the young bombing victims for the past 36 years — without the knowledge or consent of the families —…

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GOP Criminalizes Dissent with Anti-Riot Laws Targeting Black Lives Matter & Anti-Pipeline Protests

We look at a slew of anti-protest laws pending in Republican-led states, and some that have already passed, such as in Florida, where Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a controversial measure known as the “anti-riot bill” that is widely viewed as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement and calls to “defund the police.” Under the new law, a public gathering of three or more people can be classified as a “riot,” and anyone who “willingly” participates in such a gathering can be charged with a third-degree felony. Many of the anti-protest bills pending in other states have the exact same language as the Florida plan. “These…

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‘Pervasive racism’ led to failure to commemorate Black and Asian troops

“Pervasive racism” underpinned a failure to properly commemorate potentially hundreds of thousands of predominantly Black and Asian service personnel who died fighting for the British Empire, an investigation has found. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) apologised after its investigation found that those individuals were not formally remembered in the same way as their white comrades. Defence secretary Ben Wallace will give a statement to MPs on the findings on Thursday, when the report is formally published in full. The investigation discovered at least 116,000 predominantly African and Middle Eastern First World War casualties: were not commemorated by name or possibly not commemorated at all. Ben Wallace (Ian…

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Black Visions Collective: We Need to Abolish the Police & End Militarized Occupations of Our Cities

The police murder of George Floyd added jet fuel to a nationwide push to defund the police. We go to Minneapolis to speak with Kandace Montgomery, co-executive director of Black Visions Collective, about their response to the guilty verdict for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd and an update on the push to divest from Minneapolis police and invest in communities. Source link

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Police shoot and kill a Black teenage girl in Ohio as George Floyd verdict announced

Police shot and killed a Black teenage girl on Tuesday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, just as the verdict was being announced in the trial over the killing of George Floyd. Officers claimed they were responding to an attempted stabbing call when police shot the girl at about 4.45pm local time. Police said the 911 caller reported a female was trying to stab them before hanging up. The girl was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.   In Columbus Ohio, police killed this beautiful young girl today. This is an illustration of why convictions and reform just aren’t enough for our communities. Ma’Khia Bryant, you should still…

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