Category: GENERAL ISSUES

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GARTH DALLAS: A SENSE OF JUSTICE FROM AN EARLY AGE

An insight into the driving force behind the work of Diverse Magzine’s editor, Garth Dallas, as featured in the Liverpool Echo, 29 May 2014.   I was born in Jamaica, the last of eight children in a family filled with great diversity of characters, instilling in me, from a very young age the values of ‘collective before self.’ I have very fond memories of my childhood, particularly my high school years. I attended what I’d describe as ‘the greatest high school in the world’, Kingston College (KC), an all-boys school with unrivalled history of academic and sporting excellence, balanced with...

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LIVERPOOL ROAD NAMED AFTER LOCAL HERO

A brand new road has been officially named Herbie Higgins Close, as a tribute to the local community leader who dedicated many years to improving the lives of the residents of the inner city community of Toxteth, Liverpool. Gleeson Homes made the special tribute to Herbie on the road which forms the latest phase of their Cawdor Park housing development in Granby. Herbie, who died in 2011 age 89, was instrumental in opening the first Merseyside Caribbean Centre and setting up the Liverpool Branch of the Community Relations Centre. He was awarded an MBE in 1996 for outstanding community service....

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BRITAIN’S DIVERSITY WAS LAUDED DURING THE OLYMPICS. BUT NO LONGER

There’s a glaring gap between the chants we heard at last summer’s Games and where Britain has subsequently arrived… Nostalgia for something that happened only a year ago must surely represent our accelerated culture reaching warp speed. But here we are: marking the first anniversary of the London Olympics, and the magic of that event and the subsequent Paralympics are once again being celebrated. “Will anything ever feel this good again?” read a wonderfully understated headline in the Telegraph. To which the answer is: perhaps not, but 120,000 tickets for the Anniversary Games sold out in 75 minutes, which suggests that even the...

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TAKE A HARD LOOK AT RACISM, SEXISM AND HOMOPHOBIA ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

My recent experience at Dartmouth College has shown me that we are still not the society we want to be Like many universities, Dartmouth College has venerated traditions. The annual Dimensions show – a festive, student-organized musical revue performed to entice admitted, but undecided, students to come to Dartmouth – is one such tradition. Many prospective students decide to attend Dartmouth because of how much they enjoy the performance. On 19 April, a group of students calling themselves “#Realtalk” interrupted the show, protesting sexual assault, racism, and homophobia at the university. It was a real jolt for the campus community. President...

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MULTICULTURALISM HAS WON THE DAY. LET’S MOVE ON

Rightwing scaremongering over immigration has failed as 70% of Britons now believe a multicultural society is a good thing. It’s official: 45 years after Enoch Powell made his “rivers of blood” speech – the fearmongers have lost the war, while those who think Britain is stronger with a multiracial and multicultural identity have won. Don’t believe me? The former Tory chairman Lord Ashcroft did a representative survey of British ethnic minority voters last week, and found that 90% think we have become a multicultural country, and a similar proportion say this is a good thing. A broader national survey found that 90% of all...

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TUC RESPONSE TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY REVIEW

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) plays a vital role in underpinning union work to tackle discrimination and harassment at work according to the TUC’s response to a government review of the duty. The PSED, which only came into effect two years ago, requires public bodies to pay ‘due regard’ to equalities in everything that they do. While the TUC believes that it is far too early to conduct a credible review of the PSED, trade unions have provided a wide range of evidence highlighting the positive difference the duty is making to promoting equality and how it could be improved....

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BOOK REVIEW: PURE PRESSURE

Written by Louis Julienne, this book is a powerful debut novel. Witty yet serious, tragic and joyous, suspenseful and always informative, it manages to combine a broad brush on a centuries-old inner-city community with telling details of individuals that mark the arrival of a new talent to urban fiction. Pure Pressure is the story of Lizzie Leung the widowed matriarch of an extended family at a key moment in her life. Set at the time of the 1981 ‘Toxteth Riots’, the story is largely confined to a few weeks during that sultry summer of 1981 that made headlines throughout the...

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MICHAEL GOVE’S CIVIL SERVICE CUTS ‘TO HIT NON-WHITE, DISABLED AND OLDER WORKERS’

Radical plans by Michael Gove to cut the Department for Education in half will result in a disproportionate number of redundancies among minority ethnic, disabled and older staff, leaked documents show. An internal review of 3,781 departmental staff – which has been handed to the Guardian – shows that one in eight workers define themselves as black or from an ethnic minority. But more than one in three workers described as putting in an unsatisfactory performance are non-white and likely to be sacked. Nearly 15% of staff identified by managers as underperforming have a disability, while only 6% of all...

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EQUAL PAY: BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL V ABDULLA

What does Birmingham City Council v Abdulla mean for equal pay claims? It has been long accepted that the courts and the employment tribunals have concurrent jurisdiction to hear claims for breach of the statutory equality clause in a contract of employment (equal pay claims). lWe consider the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Birmingham City Council v Abdullah and others, in which it ruled that 170 women who worked for Birmingham City Council can proceed with equal pay claims against their former employer in the civil courts, where the six-month employment tribunal time limit for bringing a claim had expired. Q...

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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY – 10 NOVEMBER

On 10th December 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was followed up in 1950 when the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) that invited all Member States and interested organisations to adopt 10thDecember as Human Rights Day. The aims of the Declaration were for individuals and societies to strive by progressive measures, both national and international, to secure a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations and to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance. Although the Declaration is broad in its range of political, civil, social, cultural and...