A short history of black women and police violence : The Conversation


Young men make up the majority of black people killed by police in the US. That’s fed a perception that black women are somehow shielded from the threat of police violence. They aren’t.

Source: A short history of black women and police violence : The Conversation

NHS Staff Will Able to Refuse Non-Emergency Treatment to Patients Being Racist or Sexist : Global Citizen


NHS Staff will able to refuse non-emergency treatment to patients being racist, sexist, or homophobic under new rules from April.

Source: NHS Staff Will Able to Refuse Non-Emergency Treatment to Patients Being Racist or Sexist : Global Citizen

Excl: Enfield councillor who failed to pass panel now dep to leader who altered papers to let him stand | The SKWAWKBOX


A series of exclusives by the SKWAWKBOX revealed the ‘irregularities‘ in the selection process for local election candidates – overseen by then-local campaigns secretary Nesil Caliskan – that ultimately led to right-winger Ms Caliskan becoming leader of Enfield council in London.

The councillors who elected her included a significant number who had only become council candidates via the irregular process she ran.

The skewed selection process also led, shockingly, to the deselection of all the borough’s black councillors and triggered a series of protests and calls for investigation across the Labour political spectrum – including half the council’s Cabinet – and the resignation of all of Enfield Labour group’s female officers except Ms Caliskan, amid accusations of bullying, intimidation and physical threats.

The national party was forced to step in, effectively putting Enfield Labour group into special measures.

 

Source: Excl: Enfield councillor who failed to pass panel now dep to leader who altered papers to let him stand | The SKWAWKBOX

Only The Female Candidates Were Asked About Sexism At CNN’s Presidential Town Hall | HuffPost UK


Only the female presidential candidates were asked questions about sexism in CNN’s marathon town hall event Monday night, offering an inadvertently revealing case study in the subtle ways gender bias infects political campaigning.

The network held back-to-back question-and-answer sessions with five of the 2020 Democratic contenders: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and three of the four female senators in contention for the presidential nomination: Kamala Harris (Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.). A mix of male and female college students asked a range of questions at the event, with an all-male lineup of CNN hosts moderating.

But only the women had to grapple with so-called women’s issues. Sen. Klobuchar was up first and was asked what she’d do to close the wage gap, as well as her message to young female voters. Warren, up next, was asked a more personal question about how she’d avoid the sexism that Hillary Clinton faced in her campaign in 2016. Harris, whose town hall was sandwiched between Sanders’ and Buttigieg’s, was asked what she would do to “level the playing field and empower working women.”

The three senators pretty deftly navigated the questions by drawing on a mix of broad economic and policy facts, as well as more intimate details. Harris cited the gender pay gap, and both she and Klobuchar mentioned the Equal Rights Amendment. Warren explained how she just kept going through chatter about her looks during her first senate race in Massachusetts: “The early coverage is about what I’m wearing. It’s about my hair. It’s about my voice. It’s about whether or not I smile enough,” she said. “You stay after it every day. One might say you persist,” she added later.

 

Source: Only The Female Candidates Were Asked About Sexism At CNN’s Presidential Town Hall | HuffPost UK

After Cohen’s testimony, how much longer can Ivanka Trump play dumb? | Salon.com


After Michael Cohen’s incendiary congressional hearing, is it finally time to start asking hard questions about Ivanka Trump’s role in the sprawling corruption in Donald Trump’s empire?

So far, the “first daughter” has mainly been the subject of negative press for her clueless princess persona, and the way she holds herself out as a model businesswoman and a mother while her father wreaks havoc on the lives of working women and families. But during his day-long testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Cohen — who worked closely with Donald Trump for 10 years as his personal attorney and professional fixer — implicated Ivanka in the sprawling story of her father’s seedy and hidden Russian dealings, which may also be tied to the criminal conspiracy to steal emails from Democratic officials and influence the 2016 election.

Midway through the hearing, Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., asked Cohen, “Who were the family members that you briefed on the Trump Tower Moscow project?” referring to Trump’s efforts to get a favorable real estate deal from Russia’s oligarch class at the same time that Russian intelligence was orchestrating a criminal conspiracy to manipulate the presidential election.

“Don Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump,” Cohen replied, adding that he had spoken with both of them “approximately 10 times” about it.

 

Source: After Cohen’s testimony, how much longer can Ivanka Trump play dumb? | Salon.com

How Michaela Coel called out racism and sexism – and stunned the British TV industry : The Conversation


As the Edinburgh TV Festival delegates took their seats for the 43rd MacTaggart Lecture, you could hear the murmurs of anticipation. For the first time since these lectures began in 1976, the keynote speaker was young, black and female.

At last the British broadcasting industry was acknowledging the need to address issues of diversity and inclusion from this prestigious platform by inviting a young British comedian from east London to take the floor. As he introduced her, Philip Edgar-Jones from Sky Arts acknowledged that the choice of Michaela Coel “truly breaks new ground, making you wonder what we’ve been doing all these years”.

Over the next 45 minutes Coel gave a brave and challenging talk, presenting a revealing account of her own journey as a young creative talent from an immigrant Ghanaian family in Tower Hamlets. Famous as the award-winning screenwriter, producer and star of the E4 sitcom Chewing Gum, her skin colour, gender, age (just 30), and the relatively short time she has worked in television, all indicate very different credentials that set her apart from her predecessors.

 

Source: How Michaela Coel called out racism and sexism – and stunned the British TV industry : The Conversation

The world speaks the language of men, but after #MeToo women must find their voice


Women’s voices have been seen as unwanted or untruthful, but the snowballing sexual assault revelations from the #MeToo campaign show that women must find their voices.

Source: The world speaks the language of men, but after #MeToo women must find their voice  : The Conversation

Another Women’s Day: Where Are We? 


International Women’s Day in many parts of the World this has now gone, while in others there are still some hours left, but Women’s day is every day, it is that today is when there is a specific focus. The March has to go on for every second of every day to ensure that women are recognised the world over and to be ensured their Rights are protected and everywhere they achieve equalisation.

Where there has been progress this progress needs to be maintained and increased further and should not be allowed to regress.

Why are, in many areas of the world, women treated as being subservient to men, is it because the men feel they have to be in control and they cannot or feel they cannot allow women any control because that, they feel, would mean they lose some of their control.

But who decided that men should be in control, it was men who decided they were superior to women and this cannot be allowed to continue. Women and men should be working together and accept that no one is more equal that the other. Until men accept this then the progression of women to gain equality will be hard to achieve, but not impossible.

Gains may be achieved, but these can easily be lost, which could easily arise in America due to the Trump effect.

So women unite and fight for what should be yours.

Save the ‘F’ World

Each year, we mark the international women’s day to remind us of the continuing struggles of women’s rights and to understand that we have a long way to go. Unfortunately, modernisation has done little to alleviate the saddened plights of women across the world, in particular, the displaced, migrant, elderly, and the disabled women. In some way, there appears to be a disguised continuum of patriarchal authority in both western, developing, and underdeveloped countries.


There are so many issues that are still affecting women, worldwide. From the struggles of attaining women’s rights, birth rights, violence against women, deprived of quality education, honour killings, socioeconomic abuse, forced prostitution, modern-day slavery, forced migration, disabilities, sexual harassment, rape, sexism, and dozens more. The overall sums of these are the discourses on gender inequality. In the majority of workforces, women are not earning the exact benefits and salaries as their male counterparts. Most women…

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When trolls attacked this fat, gay, black immigrant, Ireland answered perfectly.


For one week, Michelle Marie was the official voice of Ireland on Twitter. The homophobes and racists weren’t happy — but that didn’t stop her.

Source: When trolls attacked this fat, gay, black immigrant, Ireland answered perfectly.