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‘It‘s not for the police to decide who has a legitimate voice’

The last six weeks have seen demonstrations and protests up and down the country. Starting with the violent break up of a peaceful vigil in memory of Sarah Everard, explosive scenes of unrest and instances of unrelenting police violence have seen thousands out on the streets and dozens injured in protest against the incoming policing bill.  The bill contains provisions which would allow the police to limit or shut down protests that...

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Reading and Tweeting Are Not Enough, but Neither Is Protesting

Don’t worry. This will not be yet another essay lamenting the sometimes performative nature of white antiracist activism since the killing of George Floyd. First, we already have enough of those, most of which amount to the woke-scolding of racial justice newcomers by those who think making folks feel shitty for an admittedly simplistic Instagram post will help grow the movement. Hint: It won’t. Neither will insisting that white...

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Are immigrants with clout less likely to be deported?

Earlier this month, Dahaba Ali, a producer at BBC Newsnight and UK resident since the age of 10, tweeted that she had been refused settled status in the UK. Speaking of the “devastating personal news”, Ali tweeted: “If I’m not granted Settled Status – I will be in the UK illegally and I can’t work nor can I access any public funds or services including the NHS”. In a swift response to Ali’s viral tweet, the Home...