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The next three weeks to the new year resemble an advent calendar of disruption

The next three weeks to the new year resemble an advent calendar of disruption

Breaking News, Bus, Explainers, News, Politics, protest, TFL, train strike, Transport, Travel, Tube, UK news
The next three weeks to the new year seem like an advent calendar of disruption, as nurses, transport workers, postal workers, baggage handlers, and others have scheduled strikes. Credit: Mellina Shahrom These are all kinds of strike disruptions that we can expect. This is largely about pay. As prices rise, wages are not, on the whole, keeping up and statistically, that gap is greater for the public sector. Credit: Mellina Shahrom This is what is happening this week. There will be four days of rail disruption as 40,000 workers walk out. And more than 100,000 Royal Mail workers will participate in two days of strike action this week. As we are edging closer to Christmas, expect disruption to deliveries. Learner drivers are being urged to check if their practical driving test...
Pride Timeline: History and Relevance

Pride Timeline: History and Relevance

Breaking News, Culture, Explainers, Gender, Law, London, protest, UK news, Video, Women, youth
The lives of LGBTQ+ people have always been hidden and secretive. It has just been recently that they have been coming out and accepted by society. However, if you look back in history their identity remained concealed due to repressive social attitudes and criminal prosecution. The video highlights key events and changes that took place in the LGBTQ+ community from 1533 to today. https://youtu.be/ge7ipUFjWUg
Air pollution hitting deprived and POC communities hardest

Air pollution hitting deprived and POC communities hardest

Climate, Environment, Extinction Rebellion, extinction rebellion, Health, London, London Mayor, Politics, protest, Science, Transport, UK news, urban
Air pollution burdens low income and communities of colour resulting in major health risks.  Source: Unsplash The British Heart Foundation found that 15 million Brits are exposed to toxic air. The majority of which are people of colour and those within deprived communities; a report conducted by Natural England in 2019 revealed Britons who are POC were exposed to particulate matter pollution rates at 19-29% higher than White Britons.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt2OIcQ-7y8 Environmental racism is a form of systematic racism where communities of colour are disproportionately burdened with health hazards through policies and practices that force them to reside near or around polluted areas. Environmental Justice is not simply highlighting the discrepancies b...
Did the BLM movement end ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’?

Did the BLM movement end ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’?

Entertainment, Explainer, Explainers, protest, Racism, Watch
Heart-breaking announcement by the creators of cop comedy show Brooklyn Nine-Nine in February 2021 for ending the show with Season 8 on NBC, appear to fans as an extended support for the BLM movement.  A scene from the comedy show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Source: Twitter/@nbcbrooklyn99 "The way I see it, if this is to be our last ride then let us go out in a blaze of glory,” the show took to twitter sharing a letter from the producer and co-creator Dan Goor.  https://twitter.com/nbcbrooklyn99/status/1359958366433341440 Brooklyn Nine-Nine will drop it's last season in the later half of 2021, according to NBC. The team scrapped the script of the first four episodes as series star and co-producer Andy Samberg told People," We're taking a step back, and the writers are all r
‘We deserve more’: Goldsmiths rent strikes back

‘We deserve more’: Goldsmiths rent strikes back

Breaking News, Covid-19, Education, Explainers, London, News, protest, Student, UK news
Goldsmiths rent strike banner. Photo by Jinglin Zhou. Appalling living conditions and deafening silence from Goldsmiths, University of London has prompted its students to go on rent strike. Goldsmiths is the first university in London to join the ranks of rent strikers from other universities across the UK, including Bristol, Cambridge, and Manchester.  https://youtu.be/9rU-0JpB8SA Embed video. Video produced by Jinglin Zhou and Shiyan Wang. A rent striker, Luke said that his room hasn’t been touched since March 2020 when previous students were sent home at the start of the lockdown. He described: “When I walked in, there were urine stains on the floor.” Luke also listed shrivelled doors, black mould, and rats that were rampant in other rooms.  “The room next
Is the UK responsible for terrorism? A reaction to Warfalli sentence

Is the UK responsible for terrorism? A reaction to Warfalli sentence

Adults, crime, Explainers, International, News, Opinion, protest, Racism, UK news
CC: Bob Harvey Gathering for the vigil for the victims of the Manchester Bombing Yahya Werfalli was sentenced to community service for his connection with the Manchester bombing.  Leading up to the tragic event, Werfalli’s supplied his debit card details to the bomber’s brother, Hashem Abedi. His account was then used to purchase hydrogen peroxide, which was the main ingredient, for the bombing. Court documents reveal that this was so the purchase wouldn’t be immediately linked to the bomber, Hashem Abedi.  A few days after the bombing, Werfalli was arrested in his home at gunpoint. Over the course of several police interviews, he claimed he was told the brothers were running two fraud schemes similar to something he has done in the past. He believed they were supposed
‘Cat-and-mouse game’ between the police and anti-lockdown protesters

‘Cat-and-mouse game’ between the police and anti-lockdown protesters

Adults, Breaking News, Covid-19, crime, Explainers, London, News, protest
Anti-lockdown demonstrators “give the police quite a run around” while 155 of them were arrested. Outside King’s Cross station on 28 November, the Metropolitan police wait for their quarry — anti-lockdown demonstrators. The police are located all over the square. Photo by Mengqi Zhang Piers Corbyn, the core of the anti-lockdown group had called for “a large peaceful educational march in London” 20 days ago. In anticipation, the Met police had warned protesters to “stay at home” and that “any large gatherings in central London will be prohibited by law.” The protest was supposed to start at 12:00pm, however, a massive police deployment replaced the expected large-scale protest demonstrations.  Met officers were attempting to disperse protesters amidst a man holding u
What will the Biden/Harris administration mean for BLM?

What will the Biden/Harris administration mean for BLM?

Politics, protest, Racism
Simon Daoudi The African American vote helped Biden win the 2020 election. Pew Research’s exit polls show that 90% voted for the President-elect.  Now that Biden is due to take the White House he has some division to heal, namely the relationship between police and black communities. This was the spark that ignited Black Lives Matter protests over the summer.  BLM was reignited in May, while many states and other countries were in lockdown, a video circulated the internet of a police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds until he died. A movement that started in 2013, is still going strong thanks to activists across the globe. BLM came as a response to the Acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man who killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin in 2012
Into Poland’s Lgbt-Free Zones

Into Poland’s Lgbt-Free Zones

Law, Media, Poland, Politics, protest
"Lgbt are allowed into these areas, but these declarations are setting the mood" says Sławomir Kokol, an Lgbt activist living in Poland’s Bielsko-Biała, a small southern town. He refers to the so-called Lgbt-free zones, spread over one third of Poland. “You can feel you are not welcome” continues Aleksandra Głowacka, another activist working with him. Since April 2019, more than 100 communities voted to introduce a “charter for the rights of the family”, allegedly protecting traditional family model and marriage but slyly discriminating against Lgbts. After an ultra-conservative magazine, Gazeta Polska, distributed some stickers, showing a cross over a rainbow flag and the sentence “Lgbt free zone” in Polish, all the communities approving the family charter has been called like that.
Extinction Rebellion: Rebels glue themselves to stones to protest against air pollution

Extinction Rebellion: Rebels glue themselves to stones to protest against air pollution

Breaking News, Politics, protest
Extinction Rebellion activists glued their hands to granite stones on the ground outside Leicester Square Underground Station in central London on Monday to urge the government to tackle air pollution. Protesters in yellow suits gathered at 6:30, laying down 25 yellow granite stones with the logos of Extinction Rebellion on them. Eight activists stuck their hands on the stones and sat on the ground. They also parked a truck on Cranbourn Street. Activists put a blue banner on it, which reads “AIR POLLUTION KILLS 25 LONDONERS EACH DAY”. Protesters called the demonstration “The Air We Grieve”. 25 stones represented 25 Londoners that die because of air pollution every day. Police later came and got activists off the road. One police officer who did not reveal his name said