Racism and anti-racism in Britain

This video from Britain says about itself:

Diane AbbottStand up to racism #StopRacism2016

October 8th, 2016. Confronting The Rise In Racism – Stamp Out Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Vicious Racists Target Abbott

Saturday 8th October 2016

New shadow home secretary faces ‘misogynoir’ attacks on social media

VILE racist slurs were directed at new shadow home secretary Diane Abbott yesterday following her promotion in the Labour reshuffle.

The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP was bombarded with discriminatory comments and pictures on social media that the Star has decided not to print.

Defenders of the long-time ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came out to condemn the discrimination as “misogynoir” — attacks specifically aimed at black women.

Some commentators attempted to disguise their derogatory reactions to her promotion from shadow health secretary as concern for politics by claiming that she was too “inexperienced” for the role — despite Ms Abbott having started her post-university career at the Home Office, having been a staunch anti-racism campaigner and the first black female MP.

Campaigner and journalist Owen Jones wrote on Twitter: “There’s plenty of useless, bungling and/or mediocre white male politicians who don’t get the bile Abbott does. Why is this exactly?”

After the reshuffle Mr Corbyn said: “I am very proud that the Labour Party now has five MPs in our shadow cabinet from the BAME community — the highest number ever in any cabinet or shadow cabinet.”

As well as Ms Abbott, Shami Chakrabarti is now shadow attorney general, Dawn Butler shadow minister for minority ethnic communities, Clive Lewis shadow business secretary and Kate Osamor shadow secretary for international development.

Ms Abbott is scheduled to speak today at a Stand Up to Racism rally in response to divisive rhetoric used by Tory PM Theresa May to pander to the far-right after the Brexit result.

Former shadow minister for the cabinet office Jon Ashworth was promoted to shadow health secretary.

His elevation to the key post will be seen as an olive branch to the Labour right after they criticised Mr Corbyn for strengthening his team with his allies from the left.

Sir Keir Starmer, former head of the Crown Prosecution Service who quit the shadow cabinet in June, has been invited back as shadow Brexit secretary.

Veteran chief whip Nick Brown, who is a long-standing ally of former Labour leader Gordon Brown, replaced chief whip Rosie Winterton.

The appointments of Mr Brown and Mr Starmer are said to be a signal from Mr Corbyn that he wants to reach out to back-bench critics — and their acceptance shows that they are prepared to unite after his landslide re-election.

Mr Corbyn has also appointed Sarah Champion to the role of shadow women and equalities minister, and Jo Stevens as shadow Welsh secretary.

Ms Champion was one of dozens of Labour frontbenchers who quit in the coup against Mr Corbyn’s leadership in June — only to ask for her job back a month later.

Florida religious fundamentalists want to kill women for abortions

This video from the USA says about itself:

Christians Move To EXECUTE Women For Abortions

27 September 2016

Evangelical Christians in Florida have a new idea for a ballot initiative in 2018. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

Read more here.

London Klezmer Quartet, new record

This music video from London, England says about itself:

25 November 2011

A clip from The London Klezmer Quartet‘s performance at the Friday night music evening at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Featuring Ilana Cravitz on violin, Susi Evans on clarinet, Carol Isaacs on piano accordion, and Ruth Goller on bass.

By Michal Boncza in England:

London Klezmer Quartet

Tuesday 27th 2016

London Klezmer Quartet: To the Tavern (Proper Music) 4/5

SOME years ago BBC 4 aired a compelling Timeshift documentary on klezmer and the revitalisation of this traditional east European Jewish music, abandoned as surplus luggage in the 20th-century migrations.

But the void of a present without a past told and a new generation took a fresh look at its heritage. Dusted-off traditional klezmer reappeared alongside exciting modernised versions infused with jazz, folk and even rock.

The all-women London Klezmer Quartet, full of musical savvy, deliver an earthy mix of violin, clarinet, accordion and double bass here.

The instrumental compositions by Ilana Cravitz, Susy Evans, Carol Isaacs and Indra Buraczewska are melodically and texturally rich and played with much energising gusto — Dobriden, The Inn Keeper’s Wife, Summertime Waltz, Bulgar and Riga Runde delight, though the classics sung in Yiddish are perhaps less successful.

Big Irish women’s rights demonstration

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Protest at death of [Dr] Savita [Halappanavar], denied an abortion in Irish hospital

2,000 protested over death of Savita, denied a termination in Irish hospital. The protest took place at parliament buildings where legislators have failed for 20 years to legislate for abortion, Dublin 14th November 2012.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Dublin demo demands end to ban on abortions

Sunday 25th September 2015

TENS of thousands marched through Dublin yesterday calling for abortion rights.

Marchers carried banners calling on the Irish government to “repeal the 8th,” the amendment to the Irish constitution which gives foetuses a “right to life” deemed equal with that of pregnant women, rendering almost all abortions illegal.

The Abortion Rights Campaign said it the march was about demanding “free, safe and legal” abortion rights in Ireland.

Spokeswoman Linda Kavanagh said: “100 years on from the Easter Rising, the equality promised in the 1916 proclamation hasn’t been realised.”

Her colleague Janet O’Sullivan accused governments of “burying their heads in the sand, ignoring the urgent need and desire for change.”

Solidarity marches by pro-choice campaigners also took place across the world, including in Berlin, London and New York.

This video from Ireland says about itself:

10,000 March for Abortion Rights in Ireland, September 2015

29 September 2015

Over 10,000 march for a woman’s right to bodily autonomy in Dublin on Saturday 26th 2015. Organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign, activists from all over Ireland and across Europe came out to demand that a referendum be held to Repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which equates the foetus with the pregnant person carrying the foetus.

Video © Paula Geraghty

Last Friday, the Polish parliament, the Sejm, approved a draft law in a first reading that provides for a near-total ban on abortion and criminalises both women and doctors involved in abortions. The bill was introduced by an ultra-right, Catholic lobby group and bans all abortion with the exception of those facing the imminent danger of death. Even underage girls who have been raped are denied a right to abortion. Women who abort face a charge of “prenatal murder” and a prison sentence of between three months and five years: here.