Community Responses to challenging Islamaphobia

Below is a speech delivered by JUST’s Director Ratna Lachman on the 22nd of November at a an event organized by the Muslim Engagement and Development Project. In the context of our contemporary reality, I firmly believe that you cannot…

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Immigration, Lies and Politics

Immigration, Lies and Politics Despite the impression given by scaremongers that the UK is being ‘swamped’ by immigrants, in Yorkshire and Humber net Immigration is on the decrease. Despite these statistical trends, in the last European elections, Yorkshire and Humber…

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Speech: Stop and Search – Police Accountability and the Politics of Black Solidarity

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to address you on the subject of stop and search as part of your Black History Month celebrations. All the data tells us that if you are a young person of colour – like most of you present here today - then you will be a prime target for stop and search operations. The evidence of BME youth disproportionality in stop and search is incontrovertible. In October last year, a colleague and I conducted a survey on stop and search as part of a Home Office consultation, just minutes from where we are today. We stopped 43 people randomly - most of them students from Bradford College and the University and asked them about their experiences of stop and search.
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Speech: Racial Justice – A Business Case for North East’s Economic Survival

Building a Regional Response The brief for today's presentation is two-fold – firstly to share with you how JUST West Yorkshire has responded to the rolling back of the race agenda in our region. Secondly I want to address why…

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Speech: Institutionalised Islamaphobia and collusion of Higher Education Institutions in the PREVENT Agenda

Thank you. My name is Ratna Lachman and I am the Director of JUST West Yorkshire – an organisation that promotes racial justice, civil liberties & human rights.   I would have liked to address today’s theme through exploring three…

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One Billion Rising and still Bradford’s Black and ethnic minority women are vulnerable to domestic violence

This speech on the state of BME domestic violence services in Bradford was presented by our Director, Ratna Lachman at the Royal College of Arts in London as part of the One Billion Rising event on Tuesday 12th February. Thank…

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