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Alex Wheatle remembers 'stop and search' and Brixton’s anger

19 February 2008
When I heard last month about the government’s plans to give police more powers to stop and search, my mind flicked back to the early 1980s and all that happened in the days running up to the riots in south London on 10 and 11 April 1981 that we call the Brixton Uprising.

Living under an alien law

12 February 2008
The newspapers are terrified. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, has raised the suggestion that some forms of sharia law be introduced as a means of "constructive accommodation" with British Muslims.

Sharia row triggers wider racist backlash

12 February 2008
Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, gave a lecture last week on the Islamic tradition of sharia law and its relationship to the law in Britain.

Islamophobia: resisting prejudice

05 February 2008
Most of us do not need to read the many reports coming out of the European Union, government departments and think-tanks to tell us there has been a rise in Islamophobia in Britain since 9/11 and the beginning of the "war on terror".

Success of conference celebrating CLR James

05 February 2008
More than 90 people attended a dayschool to celebrate the legacy of CLR James in central London last Saturday.

Stop and search: cut ‘red tape’, get more racism

05 February 2008
Under the guise of removing "red tape" Gordon Brown and David Cameron are competing to scrap rules brought in to stop police using their powers to racially harass black people.

Birmingham protest against A&E closure

08 January 2008
Birmingham Respect supporters joined a 40-strong protest on New Year’s Day against plans to scale down the accident and emergency service at City hospital. There has been major opposition to the plans from local people

Morrissey: sound and fury over immigration

04 December 2007
"Oh dear. Not again." So read the headline on the front page of last week’s music paper the NME. The words appeared below a quote from Morrissey, in which the former lead singer of The Smiths was alleged to have said: "The gates of England are flooded. The country’s been thrown away."

Frederick Douglass and Riversmeet: connecting 19th century struggles

27 November 2007
In 1845 Frederick Douglass arrived in Ireland and began a speaking tour that would take him across Scotland and England.

Tell it like it is: interview with editor Brian Richardson

20 November 2007
It is two years since the book was first launched. It sold out very fast and a second edition has just been published. Some large meetings and campaigns have been organised around the book. Why do you think it touched a nerve?

Mine Eyes Have Seen - chronicling black people’s resistance to US racism

20 November 2007
Journalists, we are told, must be impartial. Photojournalists are no exception. Both are trained not to get emotionally involved in the stories they cover in case they allow their feelings to affect their work.

James Watson’s 'scientific' racism is inferior science

23 October 2007
So the hideous but seemingly immortal serpent that is scientific racism has emerged once again. This time the perpetrator is James Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his part in the discovery of DNA.

Stop and search is not a solution to crime

23 October 2007
Keith Jarrett, the outgoing president of the National Black Police Association, sparked outrage last weekend by suggesting that police should stop and search more young people.

Gun and knife crime campaign targets the poverty behind youth crime

16 October 2007
Over 120 people took to the streets of north London last Sunday against the gun and knife crime that has blighted so many young lives over the last few months.

Arun Kundnani: How liberals lost their anti-racism

02 October 2007
A new sentiment has gripped mainstream liberal thinking in Britain over the last few years – one which regards Muslims as uniquely problematic and in need of forceful integration into "superior" Western values.

Racism and class solidarity in history of the US South

18 September 2007
On the 50th anniversary of the campaign against school segregation in Little Rock, Ken Olende looks at how racism and class solidarity have always pulled the South in different directions

Little Rock and the fight to end school segregation

18 September 2007
The campaign against school segregation in Little Rock in the US in September 1957 challenged a racist society. Ken Olende looks at the events

The real role models are not in the boardroom

04 September 2007
There has been much talk recently about the need for black role models as the answer to the problem of gun and knife crime that has blighted so many lives this year.

Jesse Jackson visit

28 August 2007
Hundreds of people attended US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson’s final meeting of the day in Nottingham on Friday of last week.

600 Coventry cab drivers strike against racist attack

21 August 2007
A Coventry taxi driver was racially abused and battered with a metal bar last Saturday. Some 600 Coventry taxi drivers went on strike in response last weekend.

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