Justice for Windrush / C L R James celebrated / CHILD Q racism / Sonia Boyce wins Biennale / Companies & anti-modern slavery

By Thomas L Blair 1 May 2022©

Patrick Vernon

Justice for the Windrush Generation. Caribbean people who settled in the UK from 1945 to 1973, helped rebuild Britain after WWII. As a result, they laid the foundation for future generations: in housing, religion, economic, social, political and race relations. However, justice for them has been denied says rights activist Patrick Vernon. He leads the campaign to compensate many West Indians wrongly detained, deported and denied legal rights while they struggled to provide the information required by government. Windrush day is celebrated 22 June 2022.                                
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Four Black literary icons recently celebrated the legacy of the pioneering Trinidadian author and socialist at the British Library. They traced James’s writing life with some of his most celebrated works – Minty Alley, Mariners, Renegades and Castaways and The Black Jacobins. They included the Trinidadian writer Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, James’s publisher Margaret Busby, James’s wife and colleague Selma James, and Nicole-Rachelle Moore, the British Library’s Curator of Caribbean Collections. 

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CHILD Q. A review found racism played a part in the unlawful strip search of a Child Q at a school. Teachers and police shared and equal involvement and responsibility protestors say. Both failed dismally. Each step of the way the ‘so called ‘professionals showed inadequacy in their positions. They have a duty of care, and now they must to be held accountable say rights activists.  Black children’s lives matter protests gathered at Stoke Newington police station on Friday 18th and Sunday Hackney Town Hall 20th March 2022.

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British artist Sonia Boyce made history by winning the century old Venice Biennale’s top award, the Golden Lion. Looking chic and energetic Sonia Boyce, 60, revealed the urgent, empowering message behind her work. It’s a chapel for the voices of Black women, the artist of West Indian heritage told her interviewer.

Inside, a series of soaring rooms are lined with mosaic-like wallpaper composed of recording studio photographs set on gold, reminiscent of the gilded interior of a church in Venice. Scraps of song, screams, trills and cascading vocal lines mingle and echo within.

Not only is she the first Black woman to represent Britain in the national pavilion, she is also the first British artist to have won the award in 29 years.

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Companies fail modern slavery victims. Only one in 10 companies has an anti-modern slavery statement. Despite promoting a lofty zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking, the evidence is alarming. The Financial Reporting Council found that only one in 10 companies provide a modern slavery statement despite it being a legal requirement.

A threatening statistic to the estimated 16 million modern slavery victims working in the private sector globally, the UK’s independent anti-slavery commissioner said.

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