Preview to the topic: We originally wrote this topic in October 2019. For some reason at that time it did not feel right to publish it. The reason why we even thought of writing such a topic stems from our thoughts and feelings surrounding what happened to our Dad whilst he was an inpatient in….
Please see: Rights and Justice which covers:
- Introduction/Our story
- YouTube Video: I Just Wanna Live (I Can’t Breathe) – Keedron Bryant ft Will.i.am
- George Floyd including peaceful Images from protests
- Breonna Taylor including peaceful Images from protests
- George Floyd and Breonna Taylor – Including Peacful images from protests
- Ahmaud Arbery including peaceful Images from protests
- Supporting Protests UK
- Black Lives Matter USA and the UK
- Black Minds Matter UK
- Supporting Black Lives Matter Movement
- Brian Douglas 1995 including peaceful images of protests
- The London Riots 2011 – Mark Duggan including peacful images of protests
- Edson Da Costa including peaceful images of protests
- Rashan Charles including peaceful images of protests
- Sarah Reed including peaceful images of protests
- Black Lives Matter Protest 10th July 2016
- Alton Sterling including peaceful images of protests
- Philando Castile including peaceful images of protests
- Windrush and Rights and Justice images
- Black Lives Matter Images and powerful YouTube Videos
- Malcom X Quotes
- Martin Luther King Quotes
- Criminal Justice UK and the USA
- Civil Rights UK and the USA
- Links on Slavery, Windrush, Rights and Justice
- Our Final Thoughts and YouTube Video
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1. Introduction our Story
We originally wrote this topic in October 2019. For some reason at that time it did not feel right to publish it. The reason why we even thought of writing such a topic stems from our thoughts and feelings surrounding what happened to our Dad whilst he was an inpatient in the hospital and the complaint we are making against the hospital.
The essence of the topic was based on everything we were experiencing during the time our Dad was in the hospital, and every day since that time. We don’t ever go into detail about the complaint we are making as it is ongoing, but we are pursuing with it because our Dad meant the world to us, and his life mattered, “Elderly” lives matter. We have written elderly in quotation marks because we feel it is such an insult that once you reach a certain age you are considered “elderly” no matter your physical make up, but that is a seperate matter, one of which we are dealing with in our complaint.
With the recent incidents that are reoccurring in America, it felt right and just to publish this topic now. This is the right time to be speaking openly about this matter.
Rights, liberty and justice as an individual and human being is something that should be your civil liberty, unfortunately still in these times and day and age, the colour of your skin changes that fact immensely, this is something that happens all around the world.
In regards to the most recent situation, in honesty we (my sister and I) could not bring our self to watch the footage of what happened to George Floyd. We know it is something that we would not be able to handle. Its heart wrenching and heart-breaking.
There are no words to describe how he would have been feeling in that moment, helpless to help himself, helpless to prevent it from happening. Powerless.
There are no words to describe what his family and friends are experiencing right now. We are not members of his family, but this has touched our hearts as well as many people worldwide.
This topic covers the matters surrounding the recent events in America, and also similar matters that have occurred in the UK, it also has information on rights, justice, civil and human rights.
We appreciate this is a lengthy topic. One of the reasons is we wanted each person mentioned to have their own item and their name to be mentioned we felt that was very important. Aside from that we tried our best to combine and summarise so that it wouldn’t become an even bigger topic. We know this matter cannot be summarised or shortened in reality as it is an issue that spans for many year’s of time. 400 years to be exact. 400 years since slavery. That is a hyperlink that can be read for more information
We have tried our best to create and share content that is most relevant to the current times being faced. It would be impossible to cover this matter as a whole as we previously memtioned this has been ongoing for many year’s. We hope we have managed to do it justice.
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2. YouTube Video: I Just Wanna Live (I Can’t Breathe) – Keedron Bryant ft Will.i.am
“Emotional massage from Keedron Bryant & Will.I.Am Just Wanna Live ( I Can’t Breathe ) expressing the frustration of every black African-American in the United States. #JusticesForGeorgeFloyd #Icantbreathe
#JLBLIVETV Learn To Love & Share With One Another. Facebook.com/JLBLIVETV
My sister was sent this video, it truly hurt our heart. We included it because we feel the power and strength of this needed to be shared. These are real, unfortunate, true, raw feelings of black youth and black people living in America, in fact all over the world.
3. George Floyd Including peaceful images of protests
“On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street.”
“A lawyer for George Floyd has told a memorial service that a “pandemic of racism” led to his death”.
A memorial service in Minneapolis also saw Rev Al Sharpton vow to “change the whole system of justice”.
“Communities in the UK are expressing real and growing concerns…. Police must listen and respond,’ says director general of the IOPC”.
“Protests continued overnight in the US following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis, after a white police officer held him down by kneeling on his neck for several minutes. Knowing what to do and how to help, if you feel angry and overwhelmed by the situation – especially in the midst of a pandemic – can be difficult and upsetting, but here are a few ways to start”
“They held up signs saying “Justice for George Floyd“, who died in police custody while an officer kneeled on his neck to pin him down”
“The charge against Derek Chauvin has been elevated to second-degree murder, court documents show.
The other three officers, previously uncharged, face counts of aiding and abetting murder.
Floyd’s death has sparked huge protests across the US against racism and the police killings of black Americans”.
“Three of the four officers arrested in George Floyd’s death will make their first court appearance Thursday afternoon around the same time that Floyd’s family holds the first of several memorial services”.
“People in cities across the world have marched in solidarity with protesters in the United States over the death of George Floyd”.
““If I would have been here the authorities would not have been called,” he said. “George Floyd may still be alive.” … “We can‘t let more black men or brown men in our community become George Floyd,” said Abumayyaleh”.
“President Donald Trump has threatened to send in the military to quell growing civil unrest in the US over the death of a black man in police custody”.
3.12 Images of protests for George Floyd
4. Breonna Taylor including images from peaceful protests
“On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African American woman, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers”.
“Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She loved her family and community. She worked at two hospitals as an essential worker during” …
“Louisville photographer Tim Druck explains the moment he captured a line of white women standing between police and black protesters”.
4.4. Images of protests for Breonna Taylor
5. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor including images from peaceful protests
“On the day the brother of George Floyd and mother of Breonna Taylor called for protesters to abstain from violence, demonstrations continued” …
5.2 Images of protests for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor
6. Ahmaud Arbery including images from peaceful protests
“On February 23, 2020, 25 year-old Ahmaud Arbery was chased and gunned down by Travis McMichael, son of retired Brunswick investigator Greg McMichael”.
“Travis McMichael used the phrase while Ahmaud Arbery was on the ground, a Georgia court hears”.
6.3 Justice for Ahmaud Arbery “Click below to get started or call 770.800.0689 to demand justice for Ahmaud right away. Sign the Petition. Make Calls. Ahmaud Arbery was only 25 years old. Ahmaud Arbery, a fit athlete, was out jogging near his home on a Sunday afternoon”
6.4 Images for protests of Ahmaud Arbery
7. Supporting Protests UK
“Black Lives Matters activists say hate groups plan to target protests and ‘defend memorials’”
“Plans by far-right extremists and football hooligans to circle war memorials and statues have prompted warnings that they are a deliberate attempt to seek confrontation”.
7.3 “Far-right protesters are seeking to stage confrontations with anti-racism demonstrators by claiming to defend prominent memorials and statues, counter-extremism experts have warned”.
“Anti-racist protests have been held in cities across the UK over the past week, in solidarity with US campaigners for Black Lives Matter.
Protests broke out in Minnesota in late May after George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died in police custody having been knelt on at the neck by a police officer for almost nine minutes”.
“Thousands of protesters gathered outside the US embassy in London on Sunday to show solidarity with demonstrators in America, where protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis continued into a second weekend. Crowds in the UK capital shouted slogans in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling for action to end racism and prejudice”.
“George Floyd protests give fresh impetus to UK anti-racism campaign … thanked protesters for their support and said it inspired him to fight on.”
“After a weekend of protests around the UK following the death of George Floyd, we spoke to three people about why they decided to attend rallies and how the killing has resonated so much with people outside of the United States”.
7.8 How can you support the George Floyd Protests in the UK “A Practical List of Ways to Support the George Floyd Protests in the UK. From donating money to attending a protest, here are some things you can do” .
“Further London protests — in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter … Among UK-based anti-racist organisations, some suggestions for support” …
“Social media is awash with posts in support of the anti-racism movement, and this is important to raise awareness and prompt discussion, but it’s only the start of what needs to be done. Donating to the following organisations is an effective way to show your solidarity and actively support the Black Lives Matter campaign. It’s time to listen, learn, speak out and show up”.
“Even if you can’t physically join demonstrations, there are still several ways you can take action to show your support”
“Changing legislation is one of the most practical ways to improve Black lives in the UK, so it’s important to hold our political representatives accountable. Write to your local MP and tell them to halt the sales of tear gas, riot shields, and plastic bullets – which have been used by the police to harm peaceful protesters – in the US”.
8. Black Lives Matter USA and the UK
“The official #BlackLivesMatter Global Network builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe”.
“Black Lives Matter is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people”. Wikipedia.
“Thousands of Americans are taking to the streets to protest about racism – many for the first time in their lives. Why has this particular tragedy struck such a chord?”
“CNN’s Natalie Allen speaks with the London Black Lives Matter co-organizer about how shocked she was with the large turnout”. Source: CNN
“Black Lives Matter – London. 5K likes. This page was made to promote Black Lives Matter events occurring in London, as well as a safe space to share”…
A coalition of activists from across the UK who believe deeply that Black Lives Matter. The struggle is global, and so must be the solution”.
8.4 Two 18-year-old organisers of the London Black Lives Matter Protest are revealed as organising the London protests over the killing of George Floyd which sparked violence on the capital’s streets.
This is how this story was reported. We were not present at the protests ourselves, however, we asked a friend who was present themselves at a few of them and they said it was peaceful and that young people are out protesting showing their support Below is a picture our friend took.
Another friend of ours also attended the protests and said it was a very peaceful and she was so happy to see so much of the younger generation out supporting Black Lives Matter. Here are some of the pictures from her experience.
“A collection of photos showing injured police officers has been shared across social media. It has been suggested that the images come from last weekend’s Black Lives Matter protests in the UK”.
8.7 Peaceful Images from London Black Lives Matter Protests:
“Black Lives Matter activists across the UK today said the scale of protests in London “proves this is something that people want”
“I have watched as peaceful protesters exclaiming Black Lives Matter (BLM) have been met with undue force, tear gas and batons from the very “…
“Black Lives Matter-Focussed Organisations To Support In The Wake Of George Floyd’s Death. Both in the UK and the US. By Olivia Blair”.
9. Black Minds Matter UK
“Black Minds Matter is part of the Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network. We are a non-profit organisation that aims to empower communities to take charge of the change and improvement that they want to see. Black Minds Matter is for anybody aged 13- 25 who is passionate about changing things that will bring about a more equal and just society for all.
“We believe that change starts with you. When you feel confidant, capable and strong, you will not only be able to identify ways to improve yourself, you will also be able to be an agent for the transformation of your community, society and the world”.
“Our motto is ‘ As WE Rise, WE Lift ‘
“We offer a range of creative self-development opportunities aimed at building leadership and self-development for social change”.
10. Supporting Black Lives Matter Movement
“A list of resources for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Below you’ll find a list of petitions to sign, funds and charities to donate to”
“Black Lives Matter: How to support anti-racist organisations in the UK if you can’t donate. There are plenty of alternative ways to be an ally”.
“Looking for a way to support anti-racism efforts in the UK in the light of George Floyd’s death? Donating to these incredible charities and” …
“How to speak up and support Black Lives Matter in the UK. Picture: PA. Following the killing of George Floyd, numerous people have protested” …
“While thousands flock the streets in protest against racial inequalities in the US and UK, we’ve listed some helpful resources to donate, take” .
“Black Lives Matter is an international movement to end instiutional racism against black people. Express.co.uk has this guide to help support the cause”.
“Below you’ll find a list of links, divided up into charities, funds and initiatives to donate to; people and organisations to follow; books and articles to read; and petitions to sign. For those of us based in the UK, it’s important we don’t pretend this is an American issue alone. Our record in this country on institutionalised racism and systemic injustice makes for grim reading”.
“Here are all the ways you can show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in the USA and around the world”.
“Anyone looking to further support the Black Lives Matter movement. … This is something that is not only true of America, but also the UK and”..
“Thousands supporting the Black Lives Matter movement are … He told Good Morning Britain: “You’ve got to realise that it’s not enough to be not” …
“How to support the Black Lives Matter movement – Funds and organisations … In the UK – email your local MP to ask them to support further”.
11.1 Brian Douglas
“A woman whose brother died from head injuries after being hit with a police baton is to launch a private prosecution against officers. Brian Douglas, 33, a music and boxing promoter, died in hospital a week after being stopped by police on his way home from a nightclub”.
“25 Jul 2016 – Justice for Brian Douglas who died age 34 May 1995 having been struck by a police officer over the head with a baton”.
“25 Jul 2016 – Justice for Brian Douglas who died age 34 May 1995 having been struck by a police officer over the head with a baton”.
“The police were criticised yesterday for lacking training in the use of the new, long batons, after an inquest decided that a boxing promoter who died after being struck over the head with the weapon had been lawfully killed”.
“In 1969 David Oluwale became the first black person to die in police custody in Britain. Many others have died since then. None of the police officers involved have been convicted of these deaths. In this documentary, the families of these victims ask “Why not?”
11.6 Images from Brian Douglas Protests
12. The London Riots August 2011 – Mark Duggan Including peaceful images of protests
“Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old British man, was shot and killed by police in Tottenham, North London on 4 August 2011. The Metropolitan Police stated that officers were attempting to arrest Duggan on suspicion of planning an attack, and that he was in possession of a handgun. Duggan died from a gunshot wound to the chest”.
Conference participants believed that the voices of black business people who were affected by the riots were under represented in the mainstream media. It was also felt that they tended to portray the disturbances largely as a conflict of black people against white business owners. (10 Jun 2012).
12.3 Images of Mark Duggan Protests
13. Edson Da Costa including peaceful images of protests
“Edson Da Costa was a 25-year-old Black Portuguese man who died on 21 June 2017 after being stopped by police on 15 June in Beckton, London. The unclear circumstances of his death led to protests”.
13.2 Images of protests
14. Rashan Charles including peaceful images of protests
“Rashan Charles, a 20-year-old Black British man, died on 22 July 2017 following contact with an officer from the Metropolitan Police in Dalston, England. Charles died after being chased and restrained by a police officer and swallowing a package containing caffeine and Paracetamol”.
14.2 Images of protest
15. Sarah Reed including peaceful images of protests
“Sarah Reed was found dead in her cell at Holloway prison. She had been the victim of a notorious police brutality case in 2012 and suffered mental health issues known to prison officers, doctors, social workers, lawyers and police. So why was she there? Her mother Marylin tells her story for the first time”.
15.2 Images of protests
16. Black Lives Matter Protest 10th July 2016
Below are my thoughts and feelings at the time, and is why I attended the protests held at that time:
The recent goings on in America really touched my heart and left me feeling so sad. This is why I was glad I was able to attend this protest today. It was so peaceful, positive and just a great feeling to experience. Brilliant atmosphere, positive vibes. I’m hoping these events can create some sort of well needed change. #Black Lives Matter.
16.2 Black Lives Matter Protest pictures:
‘Stopping traffic everywhere. The streets are ours today’
“Oxford Street in central London came to a standstill on Sunday as hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered to demand justice for the killing of two black men by US police”.
“The crowd stopped outside the American Embassy in Mayfair and chanted “hands up don’t shoot,” in reference to the killing of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana by white police officers”
“The founder of the Black Lives Matter movement in London, Marayam Ali, told the Voice newspaper she hoped the marches would show that the UK was standing in solidarity with “our American brothers and sisters”.
“Hundreds of people have marched on Westminster in protest at the shooting of two black men by police in America”.
“The Black Lives Matter march went through central London to the Houses of Parliament at about 20:00 BST”.
“The marchers were heard to shout “Hands up, don’t shoot” as they carried banners through the capital”.
“The march is in response to the fatal shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana”.
17. Alton Sterling including images from peaceful protests
“On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was shot dead at close range by two white Baton Rouge Police Department officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana”. Wikipedia
17.2 Images of protest
18. Philando Castile including images from peaceful protests
“On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile, a 32-year-old African American man, was stopped while driving and fatally shot by Jeronimo Yanez, a 29-year-old Hispanic-American police officer from St. Anthony, Minnesota”. Wikipedia
18.2 Images of protest
19. Rights and Justice images
20. Black Lives Matter Images and powerful YouTube Videos
20.2 Powerful YouTube videos
20.2.1 Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.s Famed ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech
“On Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, we remember the civil rights leader’s most famous speech, and King’s remarkable legacy. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta. He gave the “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963 to 250,000 people who marched to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a federal holiday to honor King, celebrated on the third Monday in January”.
20.2.2 Malcolm X’S Fiery Speech Addressing Police Brutality
“In 1962, a confrontation with the LAPD outside a mosque resulted in the death of a Nation of Islam member. It was an event seized on by an outraged Malcolm X, who would condemn it in an impassioned speech”. From the Series: The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X http://bit.ly/2Dun05T
20.2.3 And Still I Rise Maya Angelou
“In addition to her well-known autobiographies, Maya Angelou has steadily written poetry over the years. In this video Professor Angelou recites her poem, “And Still I Rise,” from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978”.
20.2.4 John Boyega’s POWERFUL Anti-Racisim Speech at George Floyd Protest in London
365K subscribers “Star Wars star John Boyega has shared his outrage over the death of George Floyd and spoke out against racism at a protest in London. He suggested his speech could have an impact on his career. Co-stars, Hollywood directors and producers have assured the 28-year-old star they have his back”. #JohnBoyega#GeorgeFloyd#BLM
20.2. 5 Meet the 12-Year-Boy Who Sang ‘I Just Want To Live’ About George Floyd |TODAY
“A powerful protest song about the death of George Floyd performed by 12-year-old gospel singer Keedron Bryant and written by his mom, Johnetta, has drawn millions of views. “When I heard Mr. Floyd call out for his mom, as a black mother, that really hit me in a deep way,” Johnetta tells TODAY. “I went into prayer … and God gave these words to me.” Keedron says, “I felt sad that I have to sing that,” and sings a portion of “I Just Want to Live” live from their home”
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21. Malcolm X Quotes
22. Martin Luther King Quotes
“Types of Fundamental Rights”
“These rights include: The right to due process. The right to freedom of speech. The right to freedom of religion”.
“As such, it is linked to fairness, entitlement and equality. In health care ethics, this can be subdivided into three categories: fair distribution of scarce resources (distributive justice), respect for people’s rights (rights based justice) and respect for morally acceptable laws (legal justice) (Gillon, 1994)”. (29 Mar 2010).
“Treat people the way you want to be treated”.
- “Take Turns”.
- “Tell the truth”.
- “Play by the rules”.
- “Think about how your actions will affect others”.
- “Listen to people with an open mind”.
- “Don’t blame others for your mistakes”.
- “Don’t take advantage of other people”.
- “Don’t play favorites”. (16 Nov 2018)
25. Criminal Justice UK and the USA
“The primary goals of the criminal justice system are: accurate identification of the person responsible, fair adjudication, retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation and restoration”.
- “Law Enforcement in Action”. …
- “Fair Adjudication Through the Court System”. …
- “Retribution or Retaliatory Punishment”. …
- “Deterring Future Crimes”. (More items…)
“The Criminal Justice System covers England and Wales and is one of the major public services in this country. Across the Criminal Justice System, agencies such as the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the courts, prisons and prohibition work together to deliver criminal justice”. (25 May 2015).
“The purpose of the Criminal Justice System… is to deliver justice for all, by convicting and punishing the guilty and helping them to stop offending, while protecting the innocent”.’ (17 Mar 2008).
“The Issues and Facts”
“Five critical elements of the criminal justice system—nationwide crime rates; prison population and buildup; the costs of incarceration; and individuals killed by police—are worth assessing and evaluating in greater detail”. (14 Oct 2016).
“Whatever one’s values, political affiliations, or ideology, an unfair criminal justice system is a faulty criminal justice system. … One reason is that men are far more likely to be convicted of violent crimes for which a long prison sentence is expected. The overrepresentation of men in prison could be easily remedied”. (28 Sep 2017).
Criminal Justice Policy Solutions
- “Promote Community Safety through Alternatives to Incarceration”.
- “Create Fair and Effective Policing Practices”.
- “Promote Justice in Pre-Trial Services & Practices”.
- “Enhance Prosecutorial Integrity”.
- “Ensure Fair Trials and Quality Indigent Defense”.
- “Encourage Equitable Sentencing”.
- “Ensure Decent Detention Conditions”.
5 of the biggest issues facing law enforcement in 2019
- “Active shooter response”.
- “Police transparency and public records”.
- “Officer recruitment”.
- “Immigration and sanctuary laws”.
- “Police use of force and de-escalation policies”.
- “Conclusion”. (13 Dec 2018)
“The criminal justice system is comprised of three major institutions which process a case from inception, through trial, to punishment. The case continues with the court system, which weighs the evidence to determine if the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”.
26. Civil Rights UK and the USA
“Civil rights are an expansive and significant set of rights that are designed to protect individuals from unfair treatment; they are the rights of individuals to receive equal treatment (and to be free from unfair treatment or discrimination) in a number of settings — including education, employment, housing, public”.
“They include freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom from arbitrary arrest, freedom of assembly, freedom of association and freedom of religious worship. Such rights and freedoms form the basis of a democratic society and are often denied to those living in a dictatorship”.
“Civil liberties in the United Kingdom. Civil liberties in the United Kingdom are part of UK constitutional law and have a long and formative history. This is usually considered to have begun with Magna Carta of 1215, a landmark document in British constitutional history”.
“Civil rights include the ensuring of peoples’ physical and mental integrity, life, and safety; protection from discrimination on grounds such as race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, color, age, political affiliation, ethnicity, religion, and disability; and individual rights such as privacy and the”
“Some examples of civil right violations include: An African American couple being denied a mortgage because of their race. A Middle Eastern man being fired from his job solely because of his national origin”.
27. Links on Slavery and Rights and Justice:
- 400 years since slavery
- Slavery in the United States – Wikipedia 1619 “The first 19 or so Africans to reach the British colonies arrived in Point Comfort, Virginia, near Jamestown, in 1619, brought by British privateers who had seized them from a captured Portuguese slave ship. Slaves were usually baptized in Africa before embarking”.
- History of Slavery
- A Brief History of Slavery | New Internationalist
- The Windrush Scandal “The Windrush scandal is a 2018 British political scandal concerning people who were wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation, and, in at least 83 cases, wrongly deported from the UK by the Home Office”.
- What is the Windrush generation? “The Windrush generation refers to the immigrants who were invited to the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. The name derives from the ship MV Empire Windrush, which on June 22, 1948, docked in Tilbury, Essex, bringing nearly 500 Jamaicans to the UK”. (18 Apr 2018)
- Windrush generation: Who are they and why are they facing problems? – BBC
- Telling my brother’s Windrush scandal story as a TV drama – BBC NEWS
- Civil rights in the UK
- Your Rights and the Law – GOV.UK
- UK Civil Liberties |Law| The Guardian
- The Human Rights Act | Liberty
- Civil Rights – Citizens Advice
28. Our Final Thoughts
The recent events in America is something that sadly has been going on throughout history, before my time, before our Parents time. There have been powerful stands against this through movements such as Black Panthers and activits such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks “The First Lady of Civil Rights” who refused to give up her seat, these are just a few influential, inspirational, powerful people who stood for the rights and freedom of Black people.
what has happened with George Floyd has touched people worldwide, it has a worldwide effect that is sparking worldwide recognition and unity in protesting and speaking out in the hope that some form of change can happen. The scariest and saddist thing about George Floyd, and others before them is that these are the few incidents captured on camera, they are not the only incidents that occur on a regular basis.
Enough is enough, it is time for change, in our unified efforts and support for this movement and cause, hopefully this much needed change will come.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family members and friends of those who have lost their lives to this. May those that have departed Rest in Eternal Peace.
We wish anyone reading this a safe, blessed day and week.
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