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Baltimore to Brixton – Black Lives Matter! 2015

Baltimore to Brixton – Black Lives Matter! The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was first used on Twitter on twelfth July 2013 however solely turned widespread in 2014 after the killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice in 2014, reaching a peak when it was introduced no person wold be prosecuted over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Based on a listing revealed by Twitter on the tenth anniversary of the platform in 2016 #BlackLivesMatter was the third most used hashtag in these ten years, crushed by #Ferguson at primary and #LoveWins, celebrating the US Supreme Court docket’s ruling on homosexual marriage.

After all the UK has its personal circumstances of individuals, particularly however not solely black who’ve been killed by police and in any other case in custody and an annual march takes place in Whitehall on the final Saturday of October by the United Households and Mates Marketing campaign to remembers them, with a listing of over 2000 names being carried to a rally at Downing Road.

Baltimore to Brixton - Black Lives Matter!

The United Households and Mates Marketing campaign (UFFC) describes itself as “a coalition of households and associates of people who have died within the custody of police and jail officers in addition to those that are killed in immigration detention and safe psychiatric hospitals. It consists of the households of Roger Sylvester, Leon Patterson, Rocky Bennett, Alton Manning, Christopher Alder, Brian Douglas, Pleasure Gardner, Aseta Simms, Ricky Bishop, Paul Jemmott, Harry Stanley, Glenn Howard, Mikey Powell, Jason McPherson, Lloyd Butler, Azelle Rodney, Sean Rigg, Habib Ullah, Olaseni Lewis, David Emmanuel (aka Smiley Tradition), Kingsley Burrell, Demetre Fraser, Mark Duggan and Anthony Grainger to call however a number of. Collectively we now have constructed a community for collective motion to finish deaths in custody.”

Baltimore to Brixton - Black Lives Matter!

And we now have an extended historical past of racist prosecutions, most notably maybe the trial of the Mangrove 9 in 1970. The defendants, most of whom defended themselves, have been lastly all acquitted on the principle cost of incitement to riot with 4 receiving suspended sentences for much less severe offences. However the decide made clear in his feedback that the authorities and particularly the Metropolitan Police had been racist of their actions and in bringing the prosecution.

Baltimore to Brixton - Black Lives Matter!

Since then there have been different excessive profile circumstances which have demonstrated the institutional racism of the police pressure – notably over their investigation of the homicide of Stephen Lawrence and the police homicide of Jean Charles de Menezes. In 2023 the report by Baroness Casey was solely the most recent to castigate them as racist, sexist and homophobic.

Activists within the UK have additionally responded to the police murders in USA, and on Sunday third Could 2015 following the killing of Freddie Grey in Baltimore and police assaults on his funeral which led to huge protest within the USA, they protested in Brixton in solidarity and identified comparable issues in Brixton and the UK.

It wasn’t an enormous protest however was supported by a variety of teams from Brixton and throughout London, together with London Black Revs, Class Warfare, the Worldwide Individuals’s Democratic Uhuru Motion, Reclaim Brixton, Ladies of Color and the All-African Ladies’s Group from the World Ladies’s Strike, Brixton Latin American Neighborhood, Mexica Motion London Chapter, Our Brixton, Latin Brixton, Justice for Christopher Alder, BirminghamStrong, Justice 4 ALL, The Brick Lane Debates, Occupy UAL, RCG, Revolutionary Communist Group, Occupy London, Rojava Solidarity Working Group, Algeria Solidarity Marketing campaign, Environmental Justice North Africa and Justice4Paps.

On My London Diary I give some temporary information in regards to the killing of 25-year-old African American Freddie Grey and the assault on his funeral by police which provoked riots. You’ll be able to learn a way more detailed account on Wikipedia.

The march started by going via the big barrier bloc of Southwyck Home, constructed within the Seventies as a defend for the city motorway, plans for which have been dropped after the devastation it could trigger turned apparent after the Westway part was inbuilt North Kensington, stopping for a short protest there earlier than it continued to a housing occupation in opposition to Guinness Belief reverse the Loughborough Park Property. It then via the centre of Brixton to a rally in Windrush Sq..

Individuals then marched alongside Brixton Highway previous the Underground Station to Brixton Police Station and on to the Loughborough Property to a neighborhood centre on Somerleyton Highway.

I’d walked far sufficient and left the march there, strolling again alongside Atlantic Highway the place I photographed a few of the murals in opposition to the eviction of native shopkeepers from the railway arches earlier than taking the tube to Westminster to go to go to the Occupy ‘Competition of Democracy‘ in Parliament Sq., then in Day 3.

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