Press Release

‘The violence of the system’: race, mental health, state violence

Cover of special issue on race, mental health, state violence

  At a time when mental health is often decontextualised from the structural violence experienced by the most vulnerable in society, this special issue of Race & Class shows how race, mental health and state violence intersect – in places of detention and incarceration, on the street, in mental health institutions, in counter-extremism policies and

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Race & Class Blog

Is Biden wrong to say this is NOT America?

Nancy Murray and Avery Gordon on the future of America

  With the inauguration of president Biden, the mainstream media are anxious to convince us that it’s business as usual in the US. The assault on the capitol building on 6 January does not necessarily expose the faultlines running through a deeply divided country, but Nancy Murray and Avery Gordon, two prominent political analysts of

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Calendar of Racism and Resistance (1 – 13 January 2021)

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. POLICING, PRISONS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE For more information on policing and civil liberties issues follow @NETPOL @BigBrotherWatch @COVIDStateWatch and @libertyhq. 3 January: The use of force against prisoners has doubled over the past decade, according to data obtained under the Freedom

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Dangerous role models: Police specialist squads and gang policing between Nigeria, America and the UK

A montage of images: Violence Suppression Unit police in LA, anti-SARS protesters in Nigeria, UK police in helmets, a man's handcuffed hands against the pavement

Recently, the Metropolitan police commissioner, defending stop and search, said that some young people were failing to distinguish between the actions of police forces overseas in America and Nigeria and those of police officers here in the UK. But far from young people being confused, as Cressida Dick implies, they are increasingly aware of just how globally interconnected policing

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Calendar of Racism and Resistance (17 – 31 December 2020)

Headline image: The Ocean Viking rescue boat. Credit SOS MEDITERRANEE

  A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. ASYLUM AND MIGRATION Asylum and migrant rights 17 December: A High Court judge rules that Home Office policy permitting asylum seekers to work only after waiting a year and only in shortage occupations is unlawful as it

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Calendar of Racism and Resistance (3 – 16 December 2020)

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. ASYLUM AND MIGRATION Asylum and migrant rights 3 December: The Home Office is failing potential victims of modern slavery, rules the High Court, as an ‘unlawful lacuna’ in existing immigration policy means they are stripped of immigration status. (Independent, 4 December 2020)  10 December: The

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Shrinking the space for human rights: A look back on 2020

Shrinking the space for human rights - A look back on 2020

  A raft of new laws, Home Office measures and government proposals attempt to restrict the legal accountability of state actors, including ministers, while removing legal protections from those who need them most. In this IRR News long read, Frances Webber examines the various threats to human rights over the last year. In the year

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Calendar of Racism and Resistance (19 November – 2 December 2020)

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. ASYLUM AND MIGRATION Asylum and migrant rights 19 November: The UNHCR urges the UK to restart its refugee resettlement programme, warning that fewer than a quarter of the 63,726 refugees resettled globally in 2019 have been resettled this year. (Guardian, 19

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Press Release

Deadly Crossings and the militarisation of Britain’s borders

  Military-style solutions won’t solve humanitarian problems, argues our new report that details the nearly 300 border-related deaths in and around the English Channel since 1999. Deadly Crossings and the Militarisation of Britain’s Borders reveals the human tragedies caused by inhumane border enforcement at a time when the UK Home Office is seeking to make

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From CIAC to EHRC: the long view on current controversies

The politically chequered history of state ‘race relations’ is key to understanding the growing controversy over the workings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Such quasi-state bodies as the EHRC have long held an ambiguous position: on the one hand seen as necessary protection in a discriminatory world; on the other hand, given

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