Free Speech and Sanitising History

At RJN we want to express our grave concern about the encroaching powers the government is having on freedom of speech, education and charities with the aim to silence and bury history. Motivation behind this is to avoid discomfort and cover up how wealth was amassed during the British empire and at the expense of former colonies, who until today continue to bear the brunt of this history.

13th Recommendation, Grounding and Provocation

Who are we that we can determine what is and what is not relevant to any discussion which concerns the fate of the Earth? We are the Earth. We are, in each element of our being, a part of the substance, feeling and memory of this planetary being. In recollecting this, we re-member ourselves as response-able for retaining the ebb and flow of planetary dynamics. But we are not alone.

Hate Crime and System(ic) Injustice

A REPORT: BY THE RACIAL JUSTICE NETWORK At the Racial Justice Network we understand the gravity of speaking to injustices faced by Black, Brown and migrant communities within West Yorkshire.  Hate crime has become a growing public concern in recent times. Since the EU Referendum in 2016 we’ve seen a spike in recorded hate crimeContinue reading “Hate Crime and System(ic) Injustice”

International Solidarity & the #ENDSARS Movement (video)

#EndSARS relating to police brutality in Nigeria has seen protesters take to the streets of Nigeria, and various cities in the UK, demanding the world notice and act on the ongoing violation of human rights in the country.

Track and Trace: Police and the Criminalisation of the Marginalised

by Racial Justice Network and Yorkshire Resist Police will now be able to access Track and Trace information on people instructed to self-isolate. Those who fail to self-isolate face fines between £1,000 to £10,000. This latest government action will have a disproportionate impact on Black and Brown communities and those from lower income backgrounds (inContinue reading “Track and Trace: Police and the Criminalisation of the Marginalised”

Black Absencing: The Work of UK Academia

By an anonymous Black PhD student In my first year of the PhD, a Black British friend also pursuing her PhD warned me that for a Black person, life in the UK (and UK academic life in particular) is a ‘death by a thousand cuts.’ Over the past few years, these cuts have been painfulContinue reading “Black Absencing: The Work of UK Academia”

Meet Sankofa Afrika- a study group empowering community through education

The name Sankofa means; we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated

Dying to Live: Patel and Posse Policies

The horrific image of Mercy Baguma being found dead with a toddler beside her lingers and I wonder what this child would think or ask of this government when he grows up and learns his mother died because of a piece of paper.

Corbyn Is Right – British History Lessons Need An Overhaul

LABOUR LEADER Jeremy Corbyn has argued that British history lessons need to be rewritten to recognise the devastating impact the Empire has had on its former colonies and across the world. This call places him in direct opposition to the Conservative position that has shaped the current curriculum over the past few years. Under educationContinue reading “Corbyn Is Right – British History Lessons Need An Overhaul”

Reducing ‘Drop-Out’ Rates for Black Students Means Institutional Transformation, Not Individual Support

Earlier this year the government urged universities to reduce the ‘drop-out’ rates of Black students. With Black students 50% more likely to drop out than their peers, the universities minister Jo Johnson argued that “there needs to be much greater support” for ‘BME’ students. Yet this seems little more than rhetoric, and reflects only aContinue reading “Reducing ‘Drop-Out’ Rates for Black Students Means Institutional Transformation, Not Individual Support”