all, welcome to this month’s newsletter. While much of our
time this month has been spent doing what we call, ‘invisible
work’ (i.e. setting the foundations for future projects, alliances
and organisational development) we have nevertheless been involved
in our fair share of ‘visible’ activities.
would also like thank all those people who have emailed us words
of encouragement and support, which have come from as far as Australia,
Trinidad and Belgium to those closer to home in Leicester, London
and Nottingham. You keep us going.
and Liberation, The Ligali Family.
Imagine the scene; You drive into a petrol station and see an Asian
sales assistant having an argument with an African brother. What’s
the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think a) Here’s
another ‘angry black man’ causing trouble or b) What
has the sales assistant done to provoke this kind of reaction in
documented, Ligali Founder Toyin Agbetu, was racially abused by
a Shell petrol station employee in September this year. To add
insult to injury, no more than 15 minutes after leaving the petrol
station he was subsequently hauled out of his car and surrounded
by 6 policemen acting on the malicious phone call by the sales
assistant who initially abused him! On writing to Shell to complain,
we were assured that the matter would be thoroughly investigated.
Several weeks later, Shell issued an apology having discovered
that their employee had indeed been at fault.
But what happened
between the time that the complaint was received and eventually
resolved? Click here
to read a transcript of Shell’s internal investigation.
related news this month include Ligali’s attendance at the
DISARM funding seminar and our presence on ACTV’s new current
affairs programme ‘Hot Seat’, which focused on Gun
crime in the UK with an emphasis on practical, workable solutions.
For more information on these and other crime related stories,
visit the Ligali crime
The DfES has recently published a report we deem essential reading
for all African British parents, teachers and governors. The report
contains the interim findings of a two year research project examining
the disproportionate numbers of our pupils excluded from schools.
The report comes as new figures released reveal children from ethnic
minority communities will be in the majority in London's schools
within a few years, as accelerating population shifts transform
the composition of the Capital.
the Ligali education
page for further information on this and other stories.
Book Launch of ‘N**gers, N*groes, Black People and Afrikans’.
This will be an informal event, offering you the opportunity
to find out about (and buy for £10) the book, direct from
Who?: Author Paul Grant with Guest Speaker,
Where?: St Luke's Church Hall, St Lukes Avenue,
Baxter road, Ilford (Click here for a map).
When?: Saturday 6th December, 7pm
6th December sees the London launch of one of the most important
books of the year, a must for anyone who is interested in the
advancement of our community. The book, written by Paul Grant,
raises some very pertinent issues about Afrikan people with a
particular focus on Afrikan organisations.
one were to try to describe in simple terms the problem this book
seeks to address, then it could be summed up by the question ‘Why
Do We Lose?’. That is, why is it that wherever you go on this
planet Afrikans are firmly rooted to the bottom of the socio-economic
ladder. Why is it that Afrikan run countries, be they in Afrika
or the Caribbean are so often economic and social basket cases?
Why is it that so-called ‘Black’ organisations are generally
dysfunctional? The book moves beyond simply describing these well
known problems and sets out ideas describing ‘How We Can Win’.
This book uses Black organisations as a vehicle for addressing these
issues and is designed to act as a practical toolkit/handbook for
individuals seeking to set up or who are currently active in community
organisations. With this in mind the book is divided into very short
chapters, similar to the approach adopted by Tony Browder in his
book 'The Browder Files'. The rationale for this is to aid comprehension,
provide a logical structure and encourage readers to dip in and
dip out on a regular basis, using the book as an 'active resource'
and aide memoir.
book is written from an Afrikan-British experience whereas most
similar books are written by Afrikan-Americans. It also combines
a grassroots perspective with international and global analysis.
The reader will find something in this book for them if they are
simply looking for personal improvement and development or for an
incisive socio-political analysis of Why We Lose.
read the book’s full synopsis, please click
30th November, saw the presence of the long-awaited Dr. Tony Martin
at an event that finally took place at Ezekiel’s in Peckham,
despite attempts to prevent the event from going ahead. As expected,
people attended in abundance to hear the man that Jewish lobbyists
and the Mayor’s office had made so much effort to unsuccessfully
discredit and censor.
Spirit is a brand new section on the Ligali website and is intended
to cover all family and health related issues. We start with a story
about the need for fathers in the lives of their children. We also
touch on get rich quick pyramid scams and the issue of racism in
the mental health profession.
the Ligali spirit
page for further information on this and other stories.
Poet Benjamin Zephaniah refused it, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has declared
she will return hers (MBE). Would
you accept an OBE?
It is perverse to have an award that is a celebration of empire.
It is at worst an insult and at best highly insensitive given
the cost of that empire”.
Peter Herbert, Barrister and chairman of the Society
of Black Lawyers
Ligali awards Benjamin Zephaniah for publicly maintaining his integrity
and for his consistent, creative work with and for the African British
community. Not much more to say really. Respect.
the Ligali ABC
awards page to read about more community s/heros.
(Racially Insensitive Offender)
Trevor Phillips was appointed as Chair to the Commission for Racial
Equality by the Home Secretary David Blunkett, so it seems apt
that the month following David's appointment to the hall of Racially
Insensitive Offenders, Trevor should keep him company.
like his RIO mentor David Blunkett, is prone to making publicly
offensive statements. In a recent appearance on LBC, he supported
and joined in the barrage of abuse being directed at ‘black
men’. Now we are not saying that all brothers are perfect,
but neither are men from other cultures. Yet you rarely see or
hear other public figures from other ethnic communities using
such a public arena to bemoan how bad men in their communities
content with publicly supporting this overtly negative image of
brothers, Trevor goes on to state that if you get ten black women
in a room, they will ultimately be talking about the state of
black men. Clearly our Trev thinks sisters have nothing else substantial
or constructive to talk about.
we can not forget Trevor’s assertion that it is not particularly
important for African British children to learn about their history.
But then when he makes a statement like ‘Empire happened.
It wasn’t all bad’ you begin to see exactly where
Trevor is going...
His most recent trick was an attack (in the Evening Standard of
all papers), on Benjamin Zephaniah for his refusal to accept an
OBE. When Trevor says that Benjamin’s actions did not reflect
the views of the average ‘black’ Briton he was speaking
solely for himself. Trevor’s willingness to kneel before
the queen to receive his own OBE, his public insult of African
British men and women and his denial of the importance of African
history does not place him in the best position to discuss or
indeed understand the integrity of Benjamin’s actions.
find it incredible that he can label people like Benjamin Zephaniah
'self righteous prigs' while citing Kanya King as a role model
and displaying just how out of touch he is with the African British
community. There are so many offensive and patronising comments
made in his ‘self-righteous’ attempt to discredit
the positive actions of a political and social activist and world-renowned
poet, we would suggest you read the article for yourself.
here’s to you Trev – RIO of the month. Another 3 letters
to add to your name.
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