To Stephen Lawrence: In Memoriam

On the 20th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, JUST West Yorkshire invited two BME practitioners to assess his legacy. *** It is odd to think that Stephen Lawrence, a teenager who was killed 20 years ago this week,…

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UKIP and the Anti-Immigration Tosh

    Taiba Yaseen, Presenter for Channel 4's Make Bradford British and co-writer of the play Faultlines, shares her thoughts on the inspiration for her play following the recent victory of UKIP in her hometown Rotheram, in South Yorkshire.  The…

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Thatcher’s Love Is Reciprocated and There Will Be No Tears

By Erskine Grant For people from the Asian and black communities, the Thatcher years bequeathed a disgraceful legacy of discrimination in access to: decent housing, high quality education, and rewarding employment. This discrimination is a major cause of the racial…

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Lesbian, Jewish, diasporic and anti-Zionist: Breaking all kinds of taboos at the Leeds Queer Film Festival

Being a Londoner (who lived in Leeds ever so briefly), sometimes even I find myself committing that greatest of sins: assuming that everything great happens in London.  It’s a sin that seems especially easy to commit if you’re queer.  Like…

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New Police and Crimes Commissioner Policing Plan Insufficient For Building Trust and Confidence with Minority Communities

On Wednesday 27th April, the newly elected West Yorkshire Police and Crimes Commissioner (PCC) published his policing plan for 2013 – 2018. The plan comes at a time when confidence in policing is at an all time low – not least due to…

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