Just Bulletin

JUST Bulletin – February 2017

Yorkshire News

Home Office refuses to grant powers to stop EDL marches in Rotherham

Jo Cox’s husband calls for ‘massive party to show unity’

Boundary Commission publishes public response to shake-up of Parliamentary constituencies

Hate crime soars in North Yorkshire but police say it’s not as bad as claimed

West Yorkshire records ‘high’ level of hate crime figures

Hate crime victims urged to contact South Yorkshire Police

Nazi-obsessed Yorkshire teenager who built pipe bomb is sentenced

Bradford cabbies meet with MP Naz Shah over allegations of bullying and mismanagement by Bradford Council

Bradford Council warned that funding cuts ‘may lead to closure of some organisations’

Bradford’s ‘inclusive identity and civic pride’ help to bridge divides, think tank says

Sheffield City Region leaders unite to tackle inequality and boost economy

University of Huddersfield student’s fascinating film looks at history of immigration problems

Tory MP tries and fails to block anti-domestic violence bill with 91-minute speech

MP Naz Shah speaks in support of Commons speaker John Bercow over Donald Trump visit row

Racial Justice News

Yes, Trevor Phillips: you can be black and a racist too

Primark pulls “shocking” and “racist” Walking Dead t-shirt from stores after Sheffield man’s angry complaint

Hate crime probe after racist posters put up at Pakistani community centre

British Muslim teacher taken off US-bound flight: I was treated like a criminal

Lindsay Lohan: ‘I was asked to remove headscarf and racially profiled at Heathrow Airport’

Man has charity donation frozen by US because his name is Mr Islam

Man charged with racially aggravated assault on Muslim woman who lost unborn twins

Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali: anti-Islam prejudice ‘not a shock’ if you have grown up black

TV Muslims ‘want to reach out to children facing prejudice’

Milton Keynes taxi boss sparks racism row after branding other drivers ‘Islamic State thugs’

How can we tackle hate crime with four school systems?

Anti-Semitic hate incidents surge to record levels, charity warns

‘You don’t belong here’: Solicitor caught on camera in racist train rant against mother and child over first class seats

Is it easier to get a job if you’re Adam or Mohamed?

David Harewood: Next Doctor Who should be black or female

Brexit: Hate crimes could soar once Article 50 is triggered, police and community groups warn

Google declares zero tolerance for incitement of hatred on its YouTube site

Cambridge college under fire for serving ‘culturally insensitive’ food


Labour MPs brand David Davis ‘sexist’ and ‘disgusting’ following leaked texts about Diane Abbott

Justice, Liberties and Rights

Police and Criminal Justice

Brexit: A License to Hate

Recent figures which reveal that North Yorkshire, Humberside and West Yorkshire have registered the highest increases in hate crime in the three months following the Brexit referendum vote, demonstrates how racially and religiously motivated hate crimes are blighting the lives of ethnic minorities and EU citizens in the region.

North Yorkshire witnessed a 68% spike in hate crimes – the third highest figure nationally – despite the fact that ethnic minorities and migrants account for only 2.7% of North Yorkshire’s total population. The figures are deeply disturbing as North Yorkshire relies on its ethnic minority and EU population to maintain the rural economy; its service industries; and essential public services such as the NHS and care homes.

A number of studies on rural racism have highlighted that the county’s hate crime figures are likely to be an under-estimate as ethnic minorities tend to be at disproportionate risk for a number of reasons. Their lack of social capital; their isolation; and their visibility compared to their urban counterparts make them easy targets for racists. Our work has highlighted that often their vulnerability is heightened because victims have little information about hate crime centres or the kind of victim support services they can access. Businesses and families also tend to be reluctant to report hate crimes as identifying perpetrators can risk their livelihood and family’s safety. JUST believes there is an urgent need for the North Yorkshire Police to engage meaningfully with vulnerable minorities and develop a comprehensive hate crime strategy that addresses the recent spike in hate crimes.

JUST is concerned that in areas like Humberside hate crime figures are likely to increase once Article 50 is triggered as the xenophobic rhetoric of populist parties like UKIP; the primacy of immigration in the Conservative’s Leave Campaign; and the appeal to tribalism and nationalism by a resurgent far-right will continue to provide a rich narrative to divide communities. Humberside Police have acknowledged that ‘shops run by ethnic groups’ were targeted post-Brexit and far-right stickers were plastered on lamp posts in Hull. Although 90% of Humberside’s population is white, the 57% increase in hate crime clearly has economic roots. It is evident that Brexit and the Trump phenomenon has emboldened those who have been left behind economically and unless there is a clear investment strategy to reverse the hollowing out of Humberside’s proud maritime and fishing industry, populist politicians will continue to turn communities against each other. In the light of these challenges, JUST calls on the Hull Constabulary to put out a clear statement of zero tolerance to hate crime and sets out the support structures available to victims.

Perhaps the biggest regional challenge to tackling hate crime rests with West Yorkshire Police as current statistics highlight that 1013 cases of hate crime were reported making it the third highest in the country. West Yorkshire’s high resident BME population, relative to other Yorkshire regions and the importance of migrant labour to the regional economy is likely to see hate crime figures rise against the undercurrent of prevailing Islamaphobia and xenophobia once Article 50 is triggered. JUST has been concerned that there is a lack of meaningful information on the Force’s strategy to tackling hate crime. Hate crime centres are not a panacea unless there is a buy-in from communities. JUST is therefore calling on West Yorkshire Police to release the number of hate crimes logged at third-party community reporting centres; the police force and other existing arrangements separately so that their efficacy can be assessed.

Ratna Lachman, Director of JUST Yorkshire

Review of our partnership screening of ‘We Are Many’ followed by an audience discussion.

On Friday 17th February at a packed Karmand Community Centre in Bradford local residents enjoyed a free screening of documentary ‘We Are Many’, together with a Q&A with director Amir Amirani and well-known campaigner Salma Yaqoob.

The event was made possible with the support of Live Cinema and the documentary was an exhilarating examination of the global protests against the decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003. With a focus on the London anti-war protest (which numbered as many as 2 million people and is considered to be the largest protest in UK history) the documentary featured interviews with a diverse range of commentators including Noam Chomsky, Tony Benn, Salma Yaqoob, Peter Oborne and Damon Albarn. In particular, the documentary highlighted how a powerful anti-war movement was developed across Europe and indeed across many parts of the world including Egypt, Australia and the US.

A key message from the documentary (and alluded to in the Q&A) was that whilst the protests did not prevent the war, it was not fair either to consider them a failure. A generation of young people and activists were politicised by these protests and as global events have come to demonstrate, every single anti-war protester was on the right side of history.

The Q&A was a stimulating discussion, and both Amir and Salma fielded questions on topics such as the disastrous consequences of the Iraq war and the rapid development of Islamophobia (and resistance to it) over the past decade. During the discussion it was clear that there was overwhelming praise for Amir’s film and there were requests for it be screened in Leeds and a suggestion that it should be placed on the school curriculum.  Overall the film screening and discussion, supported by a number of anti-war, progressive and anti-racist groups including Momentum Bradford, Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development), Bradford Stop The War, JUST Yorkshire & Bradford Stand Up to Racism was a highly successful event.

Waqas Tufail, Board Member of JUST Yorkshire

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