London – Hundreds of people from across Britain gathered here in Trafalgar Square to hold a rally against police brutality on Oct. 29. For the last 18 years, the United Families and Friends Campaign has held a march from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street. Those attending told Workers World that this year’s rally has been the largest so far.Compared to the United States, the numbers in the U.K. seem low. More than 880 people have been killed by the police in the U.S. in 2016. Meanwhile, 34 have been killed in Britain, where police do not carry guns. Most people die here while in police custody after being beaten or having their medical needs neglected.This discrepancy in numbers does not mean that victims here have been any more successful than those in the U.S. in achieving justice. Since 1990, 1,577 people in total have died in police custody. That has led to zero convictions of police.The Independent Police Complaints Commission is supposed to investigate and prosecute these killings. The problem is that eight out of nine IPCC senior investigators are former cops.Many of the people who die in police custody here have mental health problems and are particularly vulnerable.Justice for ‘Paps’ Saqib Deshmukh, from Slough (a town 21 miles west of London), was at the rally on behalf of the Justice for Habib “Paps” Ullah Campaign to highlight the struggles that South Asian (Indian, Pakistani and Bengali) people have to wage in Britain. Paps died in 2008 after being stopped by police and experiencing what police called “trouble breathing.” He was survived by a wife and three small children.Deshmukh said that the struggle against police brutality is a multinational struggle. “Until we get cops who are sacked, who are imprisoned … that will be the only deterrent to other police officers. Otherwise, they’ll continue to act with impunity, thinking they’ll actually get away with it.“I’ve been in court,” Deshmukh continued, “and I’ve seen massive legal teams representing these officers. The officers walk in there smugly, knowing that nothing could stick on them. They’ve got the best legal minds in the world, in this country, that are representing them. That’s such, you know, that’s what gets families angry.” Families meanwhile struggle to receive legal aid to prosecute the killer cops responsible.“Justice looks like police officers being imprisoned for what they’re doing, which is murder — but also not just murder. We’ve got police officers who’ve lied in court,” said Deshmukh. “In Paps’ case, they committed perjury. Anyone else would have been sent down [been imprisoned] for that. Officers have to go down for that.”Kuchenga Shenge, a Black trans woman from North London and child of Pan-African activists, told Workers World that she sees herself as part of a larger international community without borders. “I think the Black population of America [the U.S.] should see themselves as part of a diaspora. We really do stand with them. We love Harlem. We love Oakland. We really listen. We really give a fuck about you guys! We just really want them to care about us as well.“At the end of the day, in Paris, in Dakar, in Johannesburg — we’re having a conversation. Sometimes it feels a bit one-sided, but we’re open and we love you. We’re waiting for them to recognize us, their diasporic cousins.”Shenge says she reads and watches a lot of material from the United States online, including material from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and hopes that the internet will open up more dialogue between borders.Deshmukh stressed the importance of remembering those who have lost their lives at the hands of the police. “People have to know these names. Sometimes we look at what’s happening over in America [the U.S.] stateside, and we know those campaigns. We know their names. We may not know the names of Darrell Neville here, of Paps, and Sean Rigg, and all these other names. There’s new families who come here each year. We need to know all their names. The media need to know all their names. And the police and authorities need to be held accountable for their deaths.”As the movement to remember the names of those killed by police grows, so too have their names echoed louder in the halls of power, while the working class and oppressed advance on centers of oppression worldwide.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Naughty Professor are extending their fall tour with six additional dates in the northeast. The New Orleans based future-funk collective, known for their traditionally instrumental sets, is teaming up with legendary hip-hop artist Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 to showcase some of their recent studio work. After performing in New Orleans together multiple times and collaborating on Naughty P’s upcoming record, the two acts will take their collaborative headlining show on the road this October for six nights only.Kicking things off on October 12 at The Hamilton in Washington DC and closing out at the Leaf Festival in Black Mountain, North Carolina, the tour will also touch down at the Ardmore Music Hall in Philadelphia, the James Street Gastropub in Pittsburgh, the Iron Works in Buffalo, and the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York.If you haven’t seen them before, now is the chance to experience the Big Easy’s jazz-infused party culture that flows from Naughty Professor. These shows will be the perfect showcase to the constantly evolving, high-energy funk/soul outfit before they fully switch gears to their forthcoming studio album, which features David Shaw (The Revivalists), Chali 2na, Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk) and many other talented musicians, expected in early 2017.For a taste of what’s to come from the collaboration, peep this teaser video:Check out Naughty P’s original “In The Tribe”, taken live from New Orleans’ legendary One Eyed Jacks:For more information, check out the band’s website and peep the tour schedule below.NAUGHTY PROFESSOR FULL FALL TOUR DATES:8/24: Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Music Joint8/25: Rochester, MN – Civic Music Series8/26: Chicago, IL – Navy Pier8/27: Lafayette, IN – Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival9/9: Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom w/ George Porter Jr.9/29: NOLA – Bear Creek Bayou Pre Party w/ Chali 2na + Soulive **10/1: Schuylkill, PA – Meeting of The Minds Festival10/12 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC **10/13 – Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA **10/14 – James Street Gastropub – Pittsburgh, PA **10/15 – Iron Works – Buffalo, NY **10/16 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY **10/21 – LEAF Festival – Black Mountain, NC **10/22 – The Pourhouse – Charleston, NC**10/27: Columbia, SC – Music Farm w/ Moon Taxi10/29: Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall w/ Moon Taxi11/11: Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe w/ TAUK11/12: New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf w/ TAUK** with Chali 2na
Ghost Light 2018 Fall Tour11/14 – Jupiter Hall Albany – Albany, NY11/15 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA11/16 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA11/17 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – Burlington, VT11/18 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME11/21 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY11/24 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC11/27 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA11/28 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC11/29 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC11/30 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC12/01 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA12/05 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN12/06 – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY12/12-12/16 – Holidaze – Puerto Moreles, MexicoView All Tour Dates Ghost Light has made serious waves in 2018. The newly formed project from Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Scotty Zwang, and Steve Lyons is a force to be reckoned with, wowing audiences across the country with their next-level improvisations and already-stellar catalog of originals.Recently, the band has announced their plans for fall tour with an extended run spanning from November 14th to December 6th. Ghost Light’s fall tour kicks off in Albany, New York, at Jupiter Hall on November 14th. From there the group winds through Northampton, MA; Allston, MA; Burlington, VT; and Portland, ME, finishing off the tour’s non-stop five-night opening run.With a performance at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on November 21st, Ghost Light heads south, stopping at Washington, D.C.’s The Hamilton ahead of shows in Richmond, VA; Raleigh, NC; Charlotte, NC; Charleston, SC; and Atlanta, GA, through to December 1st. Ghost Light will finish out their fall tour in the South, with a performance at Nashville, Tennessee’s The Basement East on December 5th and Lexington, Kentucky’s Cosmic Charlie’s on December 6th. To round out their announced plans for 2018, Ghost Light will finish out the year at the highly anticipated Holidaze, which returns to Mexico in mid-December.For more information and ticketing, head to Ghost Light’s website here.
Under-fire Tim Sherwood plans to give Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy something to think about by ending the season with six successive wins. Press Association Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino are favourites to come in but the former midfielder was keen to avoid talking about his future before and after the 5-1 win at White Hart Lane, preferring instead to focus on ending the season with a bang. “This could have been a sticky game,” Sherwood told Spurs TV. “We saw this lot go up to Anfield and Liverpool were lucky to come away with three points. “We destroyed them tonight, really did move the ball around well and should have scored more goals. “It is unheard of really and hopefully we can do that in the next five games. We think we can win the next games so let’s see where it will take us.” Stoke are the only top-10 side Tottenham face in their final matches, with West Brom, Fulham, West Ham and Aston Villa their other opponents. Those fixtures would appear to make realistic a points haul that would heap pressure on Arsenal and Everton in the race for the final Champions League berth. The Gunners currently sit fourth with a five-point cushion over Spurs in sixth, although it is Everton that Sherwood believes are the front runners to end the season in the top four. “I don’t know [if we can sneak into fourth],” Sherwood said. “You know what, stop thinking about the top four, we’re just thinking about winning the next five games. The Spurs head coach has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks, with the situation appearing to reach a tipping point before Monday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland. The build-up was dominated by a report that claimed Sherwood’s tenure would end this summer, regardless of how results went between now and the end of the campaign. “Hopefully someone else slips up and they are going to have to do that because Everton have been magnificent, haven’t they? “The way they have built their club and team, they’ve gone about their business very, very quietly. “They acquired three loan signings and made themselves a title challenger, really, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry – probably two of the best players in the Premier League last season – and Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, who could be anything. “They went about their transfer business fantastically well and they’ve put themselves in a position. “I think Roberto Martinez has done a tremendous job so it is going to be difficult to catch them. I think they are going to be the lead runners on that.” While Tottenham are upwardly mobile again, the only direction Sunderland look to be heading is down as the season enters the home straight. Bottom of the table and seven points adrift of safety, the only glimmer of hope comes from the fact they have two games in hand on many of their relegation rivals. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admits they will need a “miracle” to stave off relegation and rejected suggestions their cup exertions have seen them suffer in the league. “We are where we are because of the cup competitions, because if we had not been on that cup run, we would have been down already,” he said. “That cup run helped us in January, which was our best month. “That put us in a great situation to take advantage, but as soon as we lost that run, the team went backwards dramatically – backwards in decision making and basic things. “One of the first things I was told when I came to England was, ‘Follow the runners – stop the cross’. How many times did we stop the cross today? What kind of effort did we put in to do that?”
The Empire State Building found a way to honor the emergency workers on the frontlines of the pandemic by replacing the building’s signature white lights with red lights and a white and red siren light.
Dwight Howard is reason why people should use contraceptives. It looks like the NBA star is trying to start another race all by himself.According to reports, the Houston Rockets center is expecting baby No 6 to his second baby’s mama, according to terezowens.com.If our calculations serve us correctly, that would come to six children with five different women.There are reports that Howard has as many eight children sprinkled across the country.I guess they don’t call Howard “Superman” for no reason.