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Assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it

Monday 6th July 2020

This is the most profound piece of writing on white privilege that I have read. Hard hitting but expresses the reality of the construct. As relevant in the UK as it is in USA. https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/assumptions-white-privilege-and-what-we-can-do-about-it

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The Accidental Hero

Friday 3rd July 2020

I have to give Patrick Hutchinson a mention. He is a true hero. At the beginning of June he attended the Black Lives Matter anti-racism protest in London. During the protest, he saw a man (Bryn Male) who was part of the Far Right protestors getting beaten up and went in and saved him Patrick Hutchinson we salute you! https://twitter.com/IreneEsi/status/1272571542636019712 https://www.menshealth.com/uk/health/a32966968/patrick-hutchinson-black-lives-matter/

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The real reason to wear a mask

Friday 3rd July 2020

With the two metre rule relaxed to one metre and businesses within the hospitality industry reopening from tomorrow in England. We must remember how important it is to wear face masks/coverings when we are out and socialising. #staysafe #facemasks https://medium.com/the-atlantic/the-real-reason-to-wear-a-mask-e6405abbc484

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More Women and BAME need to unlock small business potential

Monday 29th June 2020

Sharing this article from The Women's Organisation. Maggie O'Carroll, CEO of The Women's Organisation said "There is huge unrealised economic potential of female and BAME entrepreneurs across the country and we urgently need to see this balance redressed, if we are to unlock the full capability of the UK's economy" https://entirely.media/finance/business-news/uk/north-west/liverpool/more-women-and-bame-business-leaders-needed-to-unlock-small-business-potential9985

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Letter to PM: Black Leaders call for Covid-19 Race Equality Strategy

Monday 29th June 2020

A letter to the Prime Minister from British Black leaders demanding change against racism in the UK was published the Sunday Times. https://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/letter-pm-black-leaders-call-covid-19-race-equality-strategy

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The inspirational Women from Merseyside

Friday 26th June 2020

Happy Friday everyone. Here is a blog post by Beth Gavaghan on "Inspirational Women from Merseyside." I was honoured to be asked to do an interview with Beth Gavaghan, along with other inspirational female role models for her University project. She wanted to interview women in Merseyside who have made a difference in the community and the wider world. The interview was done over the phone and Beth had picked out a soundbite that matches the current climate which she posted on YouTube. https://bethgavs.wordpress.com/2020/05/08/the-inspirational-women-from-merseyside/ https://youtu.be/FOxw8-3V82U

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RIGHT THE SCRIPT

Friday 26th June 2020

This week we see the BBC has announced they are investing £100million in diverse content and storytelling for the next 3 years. This is a game changing moment and the biggest ever by a UK broadcaster. So excited to see the changes. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/creative-diversity-commitment

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Windrush Day

Monday 22nd June 2020

Today 72 years ago, the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks bringing people from the Caribbean islands who came to help rebuild the UK after World War 2 and for a better life. We must remember and say thank you to the Windrush generation who sacrificed their lives and contributed so much to this country and faced a lot of injustice and racism by doing so. Here is a piece written by my cousin on how 802 Caribbean people were answering the call of Mother, Great Britain on 22 June 1948. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/windrush-day-2020-michaela-mccollin/?trackingId=GlmN5kIRTBucd5m3xlTLhg%3D%3D #Windrush

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The reality of policing for a black police officer

Friday 19th June 2020

As I read this story, it resonated so much with my personal experiences in my policing career, and those of other black colleagues I spoke to in my role as chair of my force's Black Police Association (a support network for black staff). This is the reality of policing for black people, which is markedly different to that experienced by white people. The main problem is that those who are charged with investigating racial st complaints often do not have the expertise or experience to recognise its many forms, often covert and perpetrated through micro aggressions. If you're not versed in what a micro aggression looks like, how can you effectively investigate race complaints? This is why change is so…

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Racism must be called out!

Friday 19th June 2020

A couple of weeks ago I did an interview with ITV Granda Reports, giving my views and reaction on the death of George Floyd and the protests in Liverpool. #blacklivesmatter https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2020-06-03/racism-must-be-called-out-the-powerful-message-at-protest-in-solidarity-after-george-floyd-s-death/

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