pace-the-prison-cellfor International Prisoners Justice Day

With speakers from the Inside Film Project, Justice for SOAS Cleaners Campaign, and Communities of Resistance

Friday August 7, 2009

Doors open 6:30pm, prompt start 7pm, runs to 10pm
Location: Khalili Lecture Theatre SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) Thornhaugh St. Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG

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W.E.B. Du Boisoriginally published: 22nd July 2009

W.E.B. Du Bois’ classic 1903 work “The Souls of Black Folk” opens with “The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” Du Bois helped form the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which just celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., who directs Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, knows much about the color line — not only from his life’s work, but from life experience, including last week, when he was arrested in his own home.

Gates’ lawyer, Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree, said in a statement that the arrest occurred as Gates returned from the airport.

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Riot police mistoriginally published: 19th July 2009

The Metropolitan police’s controversial tactic of containing large numbers of protesters against their will, known as “kettling”, will be challenged in a case lodged tomorrow with the European Court of Human Rights that claims the practice is a fundamental breach of liberty.

The case is being brought by Lois Austin, one of about 3,000 anti-globalisation demonstrators corralled by police at Oxford Circus in May 2001, the first major protest where the tactic was used. Protesters were held there for several hours without access to water or toilet facilities and Austin, a peaceful demonstrator, was prevented from collecting her 11-month old baby from a creche.

The Met used the tactic extensively at April’s G20 demonstrations in the City of London, placing tight cordons around protesters who gathered at the Bank of England and in nearby Bishopsgate.

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