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London - Southall Black Sisters protest
by Three Different Kinds of Chandelier (mimicucumber)
at July 10th, 2008 (06:54 pm)

Today and tomorrow, all day! On the occasion of their High Court appearance.

All info here. Come to the Strand and make a noise if you can! It's from 9.30 am today and tomorrow, but I don't know when it finished each day.

I posted about SBS before - one of the UK's longest-running and most experienced services for women of colour in the country. They've been involved in campaigning, crisis support, and advocacy for women of colour for a long time - essential in this area which has one of the UK's highest 'BME' ('Black Minority Ethnic', as the hideous UK political lingo goes) populations. Consequently their work has much wider importance for the UK. 

Their borough council, Ealing, is proposing cutting their funding to a minimum - RIDICULOUS when in honesty SBS basically do SO much work in the area. The reasoning is highly cynical - some kind of latter-day, highly veiled 'reverse racism/sexism' rhetoric to hide what is clearly a cost-cutting exercise. Because women of colour couldn't possibly be a core concern, could they?

Sorry to not post more, but I'm running off there now to see if it's still going on.

x-posted to feminist

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Posted by: purplelizzy (purplelizzy)
Posted at: July 11th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)

Thanks for posting this - unthinkable that their funding might be cut in favour of "streamlining" ... sounds like the council are totally out of step with the needs of the local community. Not very pragmatic either, do they not realise that black and Asian women make up a huge part of their consituency??

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