Racism shows up in different ways, HCJ has long experience of dealing with racial harassment and the racists

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  • people are not blind to colour in a colour conscious society
  • racism affects black and white people both but differently
  • racial harassment is anti human rights - more than hate crime
  • equal opportunity is to practise 'different but equal'

Headlines

Bexit politics hitting children and schools
Do we really need grammar schools
Post-Brexit racism crimes
Selfish vision to leave EU
No forced academies
Love for India and steel crisis
Rhetoric of accountability
Muslim women in right-wing headlines
Concerns about Harrow CCG
Listen to all Londoners
Scandalous plan to cut welfare benefits
Schools could do without politics
Using migrants as springboard
‘Do first, and say sorry later’
Blair, the savvier!
UKIP in race-headlines!
Politics of inequality & injustice
Love for India – really?
Cameron targets minority voters
Prison situation
Reviving ‘snoopers' charter’
Palestinian statehood
Gaza & Warsi out of the news
Wake-up call for Warsi
Political immaturity in Harrow
Harrow Council institutionally racist?

Why Tower Hamlets and not Harrow?
Who decides the political map!
Scaremongering in Harrow!
• Harrow Council with no party in
   control
• Shah is bitter as his dynasty collapses
• Political parties want 'foot soldiers’
• Ousted - Labour Group leader
• Conservatives poor under Cllr Hall
• Community grants in Harrow setting

• Sharp increase in homelessness
• Engagement with older citizens
• Met racism inquiry
• Fuel poverty - a national problem
Code of conduct - public accountability
• Would standards committees be missed
'Don't play politics with the economy'
Broken Society'
HPCCG plight
Community consultation
• Housing benefit changes hit the
  vulnerable most

Community lettings
Threat to social cohesion
A school of national interest
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

NHS - Dr Foster Hospital Guide
Immigrants to create extra households?
Student unrest over fee
Progressive approach to town twinning
Twinning - Harrow's situation
Re-claiming the 'inner cities'
Housing benefit cuts – onslaught on   vulnerable
'Big Society'

Tory Deception

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Number of grammar schools in England as well as the percentage of maintained secondary school pupils taught in grammar schools have declined over the years – 163 grammar schools in 2016 with 5.2%  maintained secondary school pupils taught, compared with the 37.8% pupils in 1207 schools in 1947.
Also, much lower proportion of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) with statements or Education, Heath and Care (EHC) plans or free school meal - the impact of free school meal status (a proxy for poverty/ deprivation) is well recognised, but less direct.
While the examination performance of the grammar school is obviously high – for example, 99.1% A*-C grades against 66.3% in comprehensives in 2015, the intake is mostly from the independent preparatory (primary) schools - with fewer pupils from the low attaining ethnic groups, Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi and Pakistani, than their local area.


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Well done Khan

It would be professionally sound to acknowledge that we are in a new era of equalities and social justice because of Jeremy Corbyn

Sadiq Khan won London Mayoral election by a huge majority despite Zack Goldsmith team’s vile race and hate campaign, worst in the history of British elections.
Conservative strategy, sharpened in Harrow East, to stir up emotions in certain communities for votes also failed.
Mr Khan’s count gave him the largest personal mandate of any politician in UK history.
It would be interesting to see how Mr Khan works under critics thick magnifying glasses and addresses plight of Londoners who have different but equally important needs! 9/5/16

Presence of Asian and Black people in Britain and their alienation from the main British institutions opened up the contradictions in class and gender, leading to race, gender and disability specific anti-discrimination legislations and supporting structures in 1960s/ 1970s.
In early 1980s, public awareness and concerns about inequalities, more so in the immigrant communities, were heightened by the premise and use of the controversial Section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 funding, granted to local authorities who in the opinion of Secretary of State were required to make special provisions in the exercise of any of their functions in consequence of the presence within their areas of substantial numbers of immigrants. The conflict was because of the ad hoc use of the S11 funding without involving its beneficiaries or achieving a consensus about their needs.
A problematic view of immigrants, that "immigration is the great social problem of this century and of the next. It is only right that local authorities which have to incur unusually large expenditure in respect of it should receive some help" (Sir David Renton MP - Hansard 1966/67: Volume 29 p1308), led to anti-racist thinking and initiatives as well as the drive for social justice, though with expected backlash like the right-wing press, led by the Daily Mail, recycling that Labour councils in London are spending a fortune to eradicate racism and sexism. Brent took the direct hit!
Struggle to confront racism, including the institutional racism, inequalities and injustice peaked in mid-1990 and then gradually fizzled out due to the 'divide and rule' tactics by the institutions, including the political parties, which rewarded those who colluded with the unjust institutional policies/practices and penalised those who opposed and confronted these.
Twenty five years on, once again there are circumstance which has resulted in solidarity to confront racism, inequalities, oppression and social injustice.
While Bexit scaremongering, lies and immigration/ refugee specific vile language has certain success in cultivating an atmosphere of racism and harassment, the overriding reaction is a process to confront racism and injustice, solidarity with refugees and quickly challenging the socio-political contradictions.
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Increased focus on equalities and social justice now
Grammar schools characteristics

Casey review – more expectations from the schools

Government-backed Casey review recommends that schools should teach integration as part of the curriculum to halt the spread of racism and extremism.
In a prescriptive move, Whitehall went as far as saying that lessons in character and resilience could be included in existing areas of the curriculum like personal, social and health and economic education (no apparent knowledge or appreciation that the PSHE, normally one period in a week, is already overloaded with social, welfare, citizenship and vocational education).
The move reminds the public argument between Theresa May, then home secretary, and the then education secretary Michael Gove about who is not doing enough to tackle the perceived ‘radicalism’ in schools. The argument resulted in the discredited ‘Prevent’ strategy, imposed on schools by the home secretary!
The Prevent duty which has obliged teachers to refer to police pupils they suspect of engaging in some sort of terrorist activity or radical behaviour, has been rejected by major teacher unions, arguing that the duty has been largely a failure due to the fact that around 90 per cent of referrals end in no action being taken, with a catalogue of high-profile examples.
"We worried that people are increasingly unwilling to talk about their view of the world - Muslim children in particular - because they are frightened or their parents are worried that their names will be put on some list" said NUT leadership.
Additionally, many schools have started collecting data on pupils’ country of birth, nationality and level of English proficiency through the school census in line with the national population census, to fulfil the Department for Education requirement – schools could do without checking passports.
Schools belong in society and play their crucial part in shaping social models who can take their place in society properly equipped to exercise rights and perform duties the same as those of other citizens.
However, schools have to strike a balance between teaching the academic and pastoral curriculum, taking account of available resources, including the school time. Therefore, there are limits to what the schools can do. Moreover, the prime task of the school is to teach rather than to undo socio-political inadequacies and social injustice which adversely impact on public behaviour and attitudes.... read more