Black Lives Matter UK to start funding groups from £1.2m donations

Black Lives Matter (BLM) Protesterssource: The Guardian (World)
published: 11 January 2021

Black Lives Matter UK will be releasing more than £100,000 to black-led organisations across the country by the end of the month, as protesters pledge to build on last year’s anti-racism demonstrations.

The campaign group received £1.2m in donations via a GoFundMe appeal, following widespread protests last summer.

It registered as a community benefit society in September under the name Black Liberation Movement UK, which it had to do before it could receive the donations.

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Sister of Christopher Alder says she still has nightmares over brother’s death in custody

Janet Alder protests in tears
Image Credit : Peter Marshall

source: Yorkshire Post
published: 28 November 2020

Falklands veteran Christopher Alder died in April 1998 after he was arrested for breaching the peace following a fracas outside a nightclub in which he was punched and taken to hospital.

CCTV showed officers drag the father-of-two’s motionless body into the custody suite where he was left handcuffed, gasping for breath, for 11 minutes before dying. No attempts were made to seek medical help, despite one officer expressing concerns about asphyxiation.

Audio footage from several officers that stood around the paratrooper as he lay in his final moments, recorded what is widely regarded to be monkey noises and racist slurs.

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Call to block the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (SpyCops) Bill

Block the SpyCops Bill bannerall credits: UNITE, The Union
published: September 2020

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (CHIS), otherwise known as the SpyCops Bill, is currently being rushed through parliament. Its purpose is to provide the legal basis for the conduct of undercover agents such as police officers, but in reality, it will go much further.

There has been a well-documented history of state surveillance of lawful trade union activity and justice campaigns in recent years, including links with the criminal blacklisting of trade union members.

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