Dear IRR News subscriber,
Anger is mounting that Dame Elish Angiolini’s report on deaths in custody, widely believed to provide evidence of disproportionality in BAME restraint deaths, has not been released. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been sitting on the report since the Summer of 2016 and as Stafford Scott points out, the result is that ‘institutional lessons’ that may have prevented the death of Rashan Charles in Hackney have been lost. This week, the IRR makes available the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (CARF) archive. The CARF magazine, which is now digitalised, is a vital resource on the history of anti-racist campaigning from 1991 to 2003. Here you can find information on family campaigns around BAME deaths in custody, including that of Brian Douglas, Christopher Alder and Roger Sylvester.
You might also be interested in an important article the News Service published over the summer break which you might have missed: ‘Fighting fire‘ in which IRR Chair Colin Prescod with Daniel Renwick examined the Grenfell Tower inferno highlighting the contradictions between community self-help and resistance and an uncaring state.
And finally, a bumper Summer edition of our regular calendar of racism and resistance, is available here.
IRR News Team