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MADNESS BREAKDOWN:

For the cost of sending 2 young men to jail for 4 years for setting up a facebook group that didn’t cause a riot, you could employ 4 youth workers for 4 years working with up to 200 of the most alienated young people per year (800 young people in 4 yrs).

OR pay for a full time youth advice service in 8 large secondary schools (benefitting around 10,000 young people) for a year.

OR you could employ 24 young people on £15,000 for a year, at a time when youth unemployment in the UK has reached over 20%.

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A report by the IPCC reveals the disturbing number of black people who die in police custody. The 105 page report titled, ‘Deaths in or following police custody: An examination of the cases 1998/99 – 2008/09 reveals an alarming trend of black deaths in police custody.

A report by the IPCC reveals the disturbing number of black people who die in police custody. The 105 page report titled, ‘Deaths in or following police custody: An examination of the cases 1998/99 – 2008/09 reveals an alarming trend of black deaths in police custody.  It was found that 68% of people who died in police custody were arrested for non violent offences. There was a breach of police procedure in 27% of cases and that people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds were more likely to be restrained whilst in police custody than whites.

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Britain's fried-chicken booooooooom

The “Worldwide Evils of Black Culture?”: This is food as a basic necessity. They are coming because they’re hungry.

"Fried chicken won’t work in Chelsea, Kensington or Hampstead, or anywhere like that. It’s only places for the lower middle class or working class. That’s the only place you can do it."

No surprise that it is in the most deprived areas that fast-food outlets, and fried chicken places in particular, seem to thrive. Since 1998, the average income of the poorest households has risen by 17.5%. In the same time, food prices rose by 25%.

In the borough of Tower Hamlets, home of the capital’s most deprived children, for every school there are 42 fast-food outlets. In inner-city London generally, the figure is 37. In the country at large, on average just 25.

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Before and after: Lower Shankill murals redesigns
In Northern Ireland, Belfast city council’s Re-imaging Communities programme replaces old murals with new ones, charting the social, cultural and industrial heritage of the Lower Shankill area

Before and after: Lower Shankill murals redesigns

In Northern Ireland, Belfast city council’s Re-imaging Communities programme replaces old murals with new ones, charting the social, cultural and industrial heritage of the Lower Shankill area

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released 20 years ago on a classic teenage album (for me at least)!!!! could’ve been made last week though…

has anything really changed for a lot of the poorest in the uk? not too sure it has…in which case, we’re still playing with fire

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