Corruption, spying, racism conference (6-7 Feb)

Our friends at The Monitoring Group, along with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Tottenham Rights and Imran Khan and Partners have organised an important two day conference on corruption, spying and racism. It’s in London on 6th and 7th February 2015. Great speakers, very low cost.  More details here



Ethnic minorities are better qualified but get fewer opportunities

We have received these important findings from the communications company working for a research group a Manchester University:

Better qualified but fewer opportunities

The British workplace is not as fair as many assume it to be. That is the implication of a comprehensive report compiled by the University of Manchester’s Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity. It concludes that white ethnic groups have a clear advantage in the labour market, despite non-white people out-attaining them educationally.

For example, Indian, Bangladeshi, Irish, Chinese and black African students are more likely to obtain five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C than their white counterparts. In higher education, over 40% of Britain’s Chinese, Indian and Black African groups have degree-level qualifications, compared with just 26% of white people.

Some of these well-educated members of minority groups do, of course, manage to fight their way into clerical, professional and managerial employment. However, the vast majority are facing what the report’s authors called “significant barriers to enjoying the levels of social mobility of their white British peers”.

Indeed, statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that unemployment among ethnic minority groups is rising rather than falling. Between 2012 and 2013, it increased from 13% to 14% – compared with the country’s overall figures of 8% and 7% respectively.

This infographic explores the data.

More protest against the Immigration Bill, & a celebration

Leeds No Borders has circulated this message via email:

We do hope you can join us and help spread the word for this special
evening of celebration!
There is also a protest in Sheffield against the immigration bill earlier
in the day.

Wednesday 18th December 2013
6pm Wharf Chambers 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ (behind Safran’s/near old
megabus stop)

All welcome, bring friends & family.

Free, donations appreciated.

Delicious food from 6pm – bring something to share if you can.

A night of short films, sharing stories, poetry, dance, drama and music
(if you have an ipod, bring it along and we will try to play your
favourite tunes!).

It’s ‘open mic’ so if you want to perform, just come along! 🙂

Please get in touch if you need more information or would like to help out.

It was great to see a good turn out last Saturday against the immigration
bill – many thanks to all who came.

Sheffield are organising a regional protest on the 18th Dec against the
immigration bill and it would be fantastic to have Leeds represented.
Please get in touch if you can go/offer a lift. Megabus tickets are £5 and
we have funds for anyone who wants to go but can’t afford a ticket.

12pm Meet at the bottom of The Moor S1 4PL (near new market). March to the
Town Hall arriving at 12.30 then to UK Border Agency, arriving at Vulcan
House S3 8NU at 1pm

We are organising 2 public meetings in Harehills and at Leeds Uni at end
of Jan/early Feb, please get in touch if you are interested in getting

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Oppose the EDL in Wakefield

A supporter of Unite Against Fascism writes:

The wretched EDL are coming to our area again. This time to Wakefield on Saturday Nov 23, 2013. They are desperate to have a ‘win’ given their current state of disorganisation, so it is important that we don’t let them have it. Two leaflets attached – one for a public meeting on Nov 19, the other about the counter-demonstration.

Supporters of the counter-demonstration (supported by the Bishop of Wakefield no less!) will be travelling  over to Wakefield on the 110 bus that leaves from Leeds bus station every 10 minutes. We will congregate between Millgarth Police Station and the bus station entrance and I will circulate the time when we know the assembly time in Wakefield.

Leaflets can be downloaded here


Here are some photos of the recent anti-EDL actions in BradfordIMG_2014 IMG_2015 IMG_2020 IMG_2025