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Stop and search is a crime: Why the government must rethink the latest crime reduction plan

Stop and search is a crime: Why the government must rethink the latest crime reduction plan

How this series of measures threatens to compound discrimination, divide communities, and neglect the deep-rooted issues that permeate the criminal justice system. At the end of July, the government unveiled its latest crime reduction strategy to make the streets safer and protect victims, and it has been widely disputed ever since. The Beating Crime Plan …

What does Instagram activism do, anyway?

What does Instagram activism do, anyway?

Is sharing Instagram graphics an important way of organising and educating, or an exercise in performative wokeness? Instagram, the land of brunch photos and fitness bloggers, has not always been a political platform. But, in the last year, with the increasing online visibility of the Black Lives Matter movement, the app has seen a boom …

The Real Fanfare Behind #FreeBritney: A Case of Sexist Treatment Towards Famous Females and their Mental Health

The Real Fanfare Behind #FreeBritney: A Case of Sexist Treatment Towards Famous Females and their Mental Health

In June, JAN Trust wrote about “the not-so-hysterical problem of sexism in healthcare”, underlining the most blatant stereotype of the “hysterical” woman that has long been established in history and now in popular culture. The historical precedent for this sexist approach to mental health is undeniable. Since the advent of ‘insane asylums’, female mental health …

Grenfell Tower: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Response

Grenfell Tower: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Response

The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is full of contradictions.   Behind a charade of solidarity, national and local government have continuously failed to deliver justice to victims. This blog explores the cognitive dissonance of the Grenfell Tower response and how we may be seeing the same things repeated in the aftermath of Covid-19.  …

Overcoming White fragility is the first step towards anti-racism

Overcoming White fragility is the first step towards anti-racism

Discomfort with confronting whiteness, and a fear of being labelled as ‘racist’, is preventing White people from engaging in important conversations about race.  The last year has seen the explosion of a global conversation about race, with an increased focus on the importance of being anti-racist. However, conversations about racism can often find themselves shut …

The Nationality and Borders Bill: A gendered issue

The Nationality and Borders Bill: A gendered issue

Having fled violence, asylum-seeking women’s right to safety in the UK is further threatened by the government’s newest asylum legislation. The Home Office is pushing for major reform of UK’s “broken” immigration system, and it has been nothing less than controversial. The Nationality and Borders Bill, which will enforce many of the measures outlined in …

Where does the myth of Muslim ‘no-go areas’ come from?

Where does the myth of Muslim ‘no-go areas’ come from?

Stories about areas in the UK that are a ‘no-go’ for non-Muslims often circulate online. But are these valid concerns, or a moral panic grounded in a fear of difference? One of the most bizarre and unfounded claims about the British Muslim community in recent years is a moral panic that is popular amongst politicians …