The Watchmen : State Violence in a Democracy

French Riot Policesource: Bella Caledonia
published: 4 April 2021

The role of the police in western society is beginning to be understood and challenged in ways that were inconceivable only a decade ago. The belief in ‘law and order’ and the infallibility of the police – or at least their role as a force for moral good in a system designed to uphold basic rights was deeply held.

But the deluge of state violence now routinely witnessed and shared has fatally undermined that belief system and exposed as being based on a set of myths. ‘Policing by consensus’ – the idea that you can only police a society if a level of good relations is maintained is under threat and new radical notions of abolishing the police system as we understand it are emerging.

How did this happen?
Police forces in the US and Europe work in different social contexts, with different histories and different gun laws, but for many years now people have witnessed and shared police violence and gained an insight into how they operate.

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Coming Soon! 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance initiative

Banner - 81 ACTS OF EXUBERANT DEFIANCEall credits: 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance
published: 29 January 2021

April 2021 is the 40th anniversary of the Brixton uprisings. On this date an ambitious cultural programme of events and activities will kick-off across Brixton.

It will be a culturally democratic programme…

Introduction:

In 1981, Black communities in Brixton first rose up in a bloody confrontation with the Metropolitan Police against a backdrop of racism, severe economic recession and high unemployment. For the first time since the uprisings in 1981, we will tell the unheard stories of this exuberantly defiant act of rebellion that fundamentally changed Britain.

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Nursing Narratives Project : Racism and the pandemic

Nursing Narrativessource: Nursing Narratives
published: Jan 2021

In the first month of the UK lockdown, 72% of the NHS and social care staff who died were from BME backgrounds. Nursing Narratives: Racism and the Pandemic is a collaborative project that will use documentary film and writing to amplify the experiences and perspectives of black and minority ethnic health workers.

Black and migrant nurses and care staff have made a critical contribution to the NHS and social care. But the current coronavirus outbreak has laid bare structural inequalities.

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