Monthly Archives: December 2014

“Oh they killed all the little ones” poem by Yousuf Islam

Heartbreaking read.. May Heaven be filled with their laughter 😦 xxx

Carol Anne Grayson (Radical Sister) blog

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For the children of Peshawar, Pakistan killed and injured at Army Public School after TTP terrorist attack on 16th December 2014

Oh they killed all the little ones
While their faces still smiled
With their guns and the fury
They erased their young lives.
No longer to laugh
No longer to be a child
Oh they’ve killed all the little ones
While their faces still smiled.
Now they’re burying the little ones
And they’re making the graves deep
So the world cannot see
That tonight we may sleep.
While they wash away the blood
The mothers all weep
Oh they’re burying the little ones
And they’re making the graves deep.
Oh they’re burying the little ones
And they’re making the graves deep.
Yet where will the devils go
When that day comes
When the angels drag them out
To face the little ones.
Oh they’ve killed all the little ones

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WAST ( Women Asylum Seekers Together ) and MISOL ( Manchester Migrant Solidarity ) supported by Safety4Sisters NW present ‘Still We Rise’

I had the pleasure of attending an evening of drama, song, spoken word and poetry that I helped form! The night was to raise awareness to the inhumane treatment these women suffer while trying to seek asylum. In a multitude of voices we learnt that Dallas Court is a ‘dungeon’ in Salford. Many of these women have to find their own way there, with no money or help. 85% of asylum seekers are on vouchers with no cash for other essentials. Since they must sign in, sometimes up to 2/3 times a week, these ladies are in a constant cycle of misery and panic. Unauthorised to work, signing in becomes a day of distress. If those with some sort of support go through this, imagine the dread for those on their own who don’t know the system at all. Many are destitute and these women are often housed in accommodation that is uninhabitable, waiting for considerable time before anyone helps with repairs.

Those asylum seekers who are refused stay are taken to court. The immigration system dictates that to appeal a decision – if you are granted that right, means you have to return to the country you fled from and wait for the decision to be made in the UK. Many asylum seekers do not have access to legal aid therefore struggle to find representation. Since they are prohibited from working, many cannot afford solicitor fees. As one woman said, everything is arranged so that they fail. Often a couple of days before the court hearing, solicitors will suddenly decide to not represent them which means they must find other means, Those that can’t read or write face a double jeopardy.

Describing Yarls Wood, ‘It’s not a detention centre – it’s a concentration camp,’ said one woman. Situated in Bedfordshire, it consists of mostly women. Anyone based in Manchester cannot expect visitors to make a trip that will take them hours. It’s in the middle of nowhere so no other people are visible apart from other detainees and the guards. So many are kept here indefinitely with no charge. Their only crime has been to seek sanctuary. WAST women who have been incarcerated for up to 2/3 years have been abused or witnessed sexual abuse.

A lot of women are detained despite sticking to rules and despite being sick. With no access to interpreters or doctors, Yarls Wood is said to be worse than prison. Women spoke of being sexually harassed, denied anti-natal care with no medical attention from staff oblivious to their needs.

WAST have staged demonstrations to shut down Yarls Wood since 2012. One woman likened it to the government’s way of establishing modern day slavery. Women are paid £1 an hour for the work they do inside.

One lady from Pakistan who has been seeking asylum for 14 years now was , sexually abused in Yarls Wood by a young man causing her much distress. Thanks to WAST and the solicitors involved, she was able to come back to Manchester. Another woman also incarcerated has been left with severe eye problems due to the neglect she suffered inside.

WAST relies on the letters of support that are written to MPs. As ongoing enquiries continue into Yarls Wood the Government have just extended an 8 year contract to keep it going. So many aspects need changing in the system and they need our support. They are contactable on Facebook and Twitter. Show you care xxx

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Leigh Anne Tuohy, Racism, and the White Saviour Complex

Had to repost this!

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Leigh Anne “That Nice Woman Sandra Bullock Played In The Blind Side” Tuohy recently posted the following picture and caption on her Facebook and Instagram accounts:

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We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We have to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people!…

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Interpal Poetry Competition

I am pleased to announce that I came second with The War Torn Child in Interpal’s poetry competition judged by the rapper Logic! 🙂

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Shaker Aamer in Guantanamo: 6 images to wake-up Cameron and bring him home

It’s time for Cameron to come clean about UK’s role in the torture and rendition programmes they have been complicit in, a catalogue of inhumane activity that affronts the Western values they speak so highly of…..

Carol Anne Grayson (Radical Sister) blog

“Today I visited Auschwitz. Future generations must always learn about what took place here so it never happens again” 

David Cameron

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So David…Explain the following and what are you going to do about it? 

Shaker Aamer now 13 years in Guantanamo, no charges, no trial and cleared for release not once but twice!!!

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Is this Western justice and human rights?

Obama “we tortured some folks”!!!

“Anal rape, more lies and where’s that force- feeding videotape?

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SHUSH, we have a loooooooong history of torture!

… and don’t mention we trained death squads

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“Bound and shackled in orange suit
They hooded his face and stuck in the boot”

Guantanamo (the reality)

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David Cameron “Bring him home”

The family of Shaker Aamer

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Thanks to all above for images used in a good cause

List of my previous articles on Shaker

“We stand with Shaker” tortured ill detained in Guantanamo, join new campaign to…

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WAST Roadshow!

Join Women Asylum Seekers Together as they take part in a show full of song, poetry and performance! The girls have been working real hard and it will be an honour listening to the poems we created together in the workshops!

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Comment | Must the Wretched of the Earth Be Moral? Revisiting Fanon on Violence

On the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of the passing of Frantz Fanon, a defining figure of the anti-colonial struggle, Tanzil Chowdhury revisits Fanon’s defence of the violence of the oppressed, and its contemporary implications for those engaged in solidarity efforts with global resistance movements.

via Comment | Must the Wretched of the Earth Be Moral? Revisiting Fanon on Violence.