George Floyd’s death, and the deaths of hundreds of other members of the black community in
America, take place in a context of centuries of social deprivation and economic oppression that
have also been endured by other black communities across the globe. This utterly brutal and racist
act was the touch paper to ignite a revolt already simmering beneath the deepest processes of a
system built upon inequality and racism. Continue reading “Black Lives Matter – Statement from Wells CLP”
Cllr Smedley said “The committees decision was unanimous and I’m certain that the strength of feeling expressed by the residents and the ward councillors made all the difference. There was considerable concern that green land was being built on and wildlife habitats destroyed at the same time as the Council claims to be concerned about Climate Emergency and says it reflects this in its policies. Residents and rank and file councillors clearly had concerns about this. The other key point of concern was the apparent failure to give proper weight to the consultation process which showed massive opposition to the plans yet this seems to not have been given the same consideration or at best they’ve come to a rather odd interpretation of a 95% opposition. The next step will be to take this back to the Executive on July 22nd and see what the top table now has to say on the matter. Hopefully it will be some form of contrition and redress in favour of the residents.” Continue reading “Important Scrutiny Victory Compels Sedgemoor Exec to ‘revisit’ Controversial Land Sale Decision”
There seems little evidence of this progressive planning in the current conversations about how to get young people meaningfully back to school. The divides between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in society have opened up beyond all recognition. Those who have the essentials available to them – a ‘laptop, the internet, physical space to study at home and support from parents , siblings can continue to collect meaningful materials shared by schools. Those who don’t rely on poor internet connections, some even sourcing materials from parents mobiles phones over mobile data. Meanwhile the promised 230,000 laptops from the government for students with them are still nowhere to be seen. Continue reading “Putting Education at the Heart of Society?”
Announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 20th March 2020, it opened for claims on 20th April 2020 and was originally scheduled to finish at the end of June, but – to avoid spiralling job losses – on 17th April 2020 it was extended until the end of June and on 12th May 2020 it was further extended until the end of October. The latest changes were introduced on 12th June: here Continue reading “Are We Just Furloughing The Pain?”
The murder of George Floyd by an American policeman has caused an international outcry and international determination to root out racism. Britain is not innocent. Racism is a poison in the veins of our own society and we must join together to oppose it wherever it rears its ugly head. Racism can, and will be eliminated! We demand equality of treatment for all citizens, immediate and thorough investigation of hate crimes and an end, once and for all, of institutional racism.
In Bridgwater, we can be proud there are no statues of slave traders to topple; proud that Bridgwater was the first town, in 1785, to petition Parliament for the abolition of the Slave Trade.
We also celebrate the watery end of Bristol Slave-trader Edward Colston. Can this be the beginning of the end of ‘white-washing’ of our history?
In the UK today, it is not enough to be told that BAME people have suffered disproportionately from the Covid-19 pandemic, due, perhaps, to higher levels of poverty, and inadequate housing. We need a government with the will to address these social ills.
Racism is built into the system. We must all learn to recognise our own responsibilities in this and take action. It is not enough to be non-racist, we must be actively anti-racist
Bridgwater Together was established to celebrate and unite the different cultures now represented in Bridgwater, to overcome prejudice and negative stereotyping.
The following organisations were some of those who supported the Black Lives Matter solidarity demonstration in Bridgwater on Saturday 13th.
BRIDGWATER & DISTRICT TRADES UNION COUNCIL
BRIDGWATER & WEST SOMERSET LABOUR PARTY
Contact: Andrew 07772304633
Robin Head Somerset NEU, made their position clear, saying “In line with the BMA and independent SAGE group we feel that wider opening of schools on this date presents a risk to the public which need not be taken. It absolutely agrees with the consensus that children should be in school, as much as soon as they can, however the conditions need to be as safe as they can be.” Continue reading “Somerset Schools coming out of Lockdown-a risk which need not be taken.”
Terry said “In May 2020 the country is in turmoil. We have a Prime Minister Boris who has gone into hiding. Former PM Gordon Brown said in the Daily Mirror recently if he’d taken the same approach as Boris Johnson, he’d have been laughed out of court. Of a Thursday evening we will all go outside and thank our NHS staff and all our key workers, however, the Conservatives will forget their sacrifices. Now when the Government seems to be putting the economy first and health second, gradually with greater quantities of people returning to work, slowly but surely the Government will forget about the workers who sacrificed themselves to bail them out of this crisis. To the conservatives, there will be no need to recognise the bravery of NHS workers and there will be no “key workers” as we will all have returned to work.”
Terry continued “There are questions that still must be answered such as, has the Government acted in the best interest of the public or have they acted in the interest of the Billionaires who have been “frustrated” during this crisis due to the risk of their personal wealth instead of the working class.”
Terry is calling on his local MP Marcus Fysh and asking him, “Will you support a pay rise for all key workers in your constituency, as an MP? You have had the luxury of working from home with a significant sum, please could you do the right thing and stop the attacks on key workers and give them the rewards they deserve. “
Terry concluded by saying “And I would encourage every last one of you to contact your local MP’s and request the same”.