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David Cameron on riots: broken society is top of my political agenda
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
Prime minister delivers a speech describing last week's rioting as a 'wake-up call' for the country and says ministers will ensure policies address the causes of 'broken Britain'.

Follow the link to the Guardian for the full story:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/15/david-cameron-riots-broken-society
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UK Riots: A View from Black Britain
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly


The article I ran earlier from Simon Woolley is now live on the Operation Black Vote (OBV) website.



Photo credit: http://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/uk-riots-view-black-britain

Follow the link for the full article:
http://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/uk-riots-view-black-britain
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Stuart: A Life Backwards
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
I wanted to run an image from my favourite Benedict piece of all time - Stuart. The piece speaks to me because it is about the power of friendship. Friendship between two very unlikely people. Which is what Mark Gatiss said about Sherlock and John at the Empire Big Screen.

This is a relatively new image:



Photo credit: http://benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/stuart-a-life-backwards/

London and UK Riots: Community Response
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Cut and pasted from an email from OBV:

Dear friends of OBV

Just when we thought it couldn't get much worse, it did. Much worse. In many ways the disturbances were predictable. All the elements have been in place for some time: grave tensions between the police and Black youths, dissatisfaction and alienation, unemployment, the lack of hope, and the school holidays. The peaceful protest against the death of Mark Duggan was the spark that lit the national fire storm.

Now the backlash. 'Bring in Robo-cop', they shout. 'Stole bottled water. First offence. Six months prison'. 'White is the new Black', 'Gas all the coons'. There is no question which community is in the firing line, despite the facts that say many races were involved. The challenge for the Black community therefore has never been greater.

Our collective response with church leaders and community activists: Operation Hope and Recovery. A loose collation of individuals, organisations and churches that will attempt to undertake the largest political empowerment programme this nation has ever seen. The focus of the project will be on political participation, and economic enterprise. One demands justice and equality, the other creates wealth and jobs. To launch its ideas you are invited to Friends House this Friday 6.30pm. This is the communities response to this emergency.

Please join us on Friday: Sign up at http://www.blackmeninthecommunity.com/hopeandrecovery

Now more than ever, keep strong and united.

Simon Woolley
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