published: 25 November 2020
It has been common knowledge for decades that black youth are disproportionately excluded from school permanently.
No significant progress has been made to significantly change this reality in spite of many reports. The most recent data show that black pupils are nearly four times more likely to be permanently excluded than their school peers.
The London case study by Jessica Perera of the Institute of Race Relations is ground breaking. It shows that exclusions and criminalisation of black working class youth are not isolated issues that should be confined to school level without relating them to wider social and political developments over five decades.
In response to the media and commentators who deliberately sensationalise serious black youth crime by projecting black youth as a menace and racialising it, Perera reviews the evidence thoroughly to present a more nuanced view.
published: 9 November 2020
In October 2020 the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) annual protest & rally moved online with a powerful video tribute that remembered the victims and heard from some of the families affected. See report here >
Traditionally, a letter is hand delivered to 10 Downing Street with the demands to reform state custody practices and procedures. This years letter was sent by post and is reproduced in full below.
all credits: IOPC
published: September 2020
In September 2020 the Independent Office for Police Misconduct (IOPC) released details of their Impact report and Strategic plan for the period 2018-2022, setting out improvement plans for policing practice and reducing future risks.
The following is transcribed from the IOPC website.
Our second annual Impact report shows how our work is making a difference by influencing improvements in policing practice and reducing future risks. It sets out our impact in four priority areas of police accountability, using learning, working with others and being an effective organisation.