NEW BOOK: ‘Black Power / Black Panthers’ 1969

Very pleased that Cafe Royal Books has published my book/Zine: ‘Black Power / Black Panthers’. It’s now available for £6 from: Cafe Royal books-click here!

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Malcolm X and Martin Luther King had been assassinated and Black radicalism had taken over from the non-violent Civil Rights Movement. America’s urban black population were faced by rising unemployment, disintegrating public services, pervasive and systematic racism and police brutality. They decided to fight back: we shall overcome ” became “we shall overrun”.

Black power demonstration and riots in Oakland California in 1969.

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Kathleen Cleaver with Peco (on her right) and Emory Douglas, minister of culture (on her right). Black Panther Rally, Oakland California 1969

Black power march in Oakland California in the 1960's protesting the imprisonment of Huey Newton.

Protest to free Huey Newton from prison.

 

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Grenfell Tower Disaster: tears and anger

Dami lives locally and knew many of those missing/dead

Wall of condolence.  The death toll is now officially at 79 but will no doubt rise to three figures.

Maria Mendy is the cousin of Mary Mendy.  Mary and her daughter Khadya Saye, a talented artist, were both killed the fire.

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REFUGEE WEEK: “IN TRANSIT” exhibition

On now at Gallery 101: The International Salvation Army Headquarters

photographs by Jacky Chapman and myself

With both the Calais Jungle and the Grande Synthe camp now razed to the ground, the 10,000 plus refugees/migrants have been disperse across France. Without the support and communal infrastructure they had managed to build in the camps they now face an even more precarious and vulnerable future.

Hopefully our photographs will provide a lasting record of the ingenuity and humanity of those who having been forced to leave their homelands in order to find a place of safety, were able to form an alternative community and an environment that could help them survive with some dignity (including places of worship, shops, and schools).

All this now destroyed!

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…”In Transit’s considerable power emerges through the effective interweaving of multiple dimensions. From the general to the intimate, from the distant to the near and from the graphic to the human, the photographs offer a carefully balanced range of perspectives. In so doing they build towards a sensitive, and much needed, recovery of a time and place whose memory, and one-time residents, now seem vulnerable to multiple modes of disappearance. This recovery eschews both nostalgia for and dismissal of what has been lost. The squalor and implied violence of the camps are here, but theirs is the sotto voice. The emphasis instead falls upon glimpses of lives carried on through adversity. In this sense the exhibition seems underwritten by the motto which one photograph shows written on the wall a young man from Darfur’s room: ‘never give up’…  review by Erica Zimmermann  in Photomonitor

Yemeni Bodegas Close down, NYC

Over a thousand Yemeni-Americans closed down their bodegas (24 hr grocery stores) in protest against Donald Trump’s executive order banning US entry to travelers from Yemen and six other predominantly Muslim countries. Around 5,000 supporters gathered at Borough House in Brooklyn (New York City)  to show their patriotism to the USA and their anger at the immigration ban. The “shut down” aimed to demonstration to the public the important contribution the Yemeni community makes to the economic and social fabric of the city.

At 5.30 as the sun set, the crowd fell silent and hundreds lined up for prayer.

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Mass Deportation Charter flights

Every week UK charter flights carrying deportees and guards depart for Nigeria, Ghana, Jamaica, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

March against mass deportation orgainised by Movement for Justice. Demanding UK government stop mass deportation via charter flights targeting the black and Asian communities.Every 2 months charter flights transport deportees to Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan, Jamaica and Afghanistan.

Movement for Justice marched through Brixton protesting the targeting of long-established African, Asian and Caribbean communities in Britain – dividing families and deporting people who have built lives in the UK, who have parents, partners and children here, people who have lived most of their lives in Britain, students who have not finished their courses, those who have sought asylum and protection, people with serious health problems and others who are long-term carers to elderly and disabled relatives.
The targeting of so many people who are integrated members of their communities and wider society is a divisive act of racist discrimination.

March against mass deportation orgainised by Movement for Justice. Demanding UK government stop mass deportation via charter flights targeting the black and Asian communities.Every 2 months charter flights transport deportees to Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan, Jamaica and Afghanistan.

In 2013, Corporate Watch published a research report titled “Collective Expulsion: the case against mass deportation charter flights”.
Today, not much has changed:
“The UK continues to make political deportation deals with governments of its former colonies and war zones. Almost 2,000 people a year are still loaded onto secretive night flights from Stansted airport, handcuffed by private security ‘escorts’, in one of the most brutal facets of the detention and deportation regime…….. https://corporatewatch.org/news/2017/jan/06/deportation-charter-flights-collective-expulsion-2017

Syrians rage against inaction in Aleppo

Syrians march to Downing Street calling for the West to do more to stop the genocide in Aleppo, London Dec17 2016

“Community is with you”

Syrians march to Downing Street calling for the West to do more to stop the genocide in Aleppo, London Dec17 2016

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‘In Transit’ Exhibition

An exhibition on the Calais Jungle and Dunkirk Refugee Camps by Jacky Chapman and myselfIn Transit Exhibition

On the same week that we hammered our photographs up on the wall, 10,000 people were evicted from the Calais Jungle and the remaining structures were razed to the ground.

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We had good feedback from our first venue which was really rewarding:

“In Transit provided us with a platform to engage student across the curriculum and wider cultural, social, global and most importantly humanitarian issues that are to often skewed by social media and the press. Jacky and Janine’s sensitive and extremely well observed photos engaged our students from Year 6 up to Year 13 into these wider global issues and our responsibilities.  

The exhibition brings the migrant crisis literally to our doorstep, the powerful visuals evoke and provoke a reaction. These are insights and detail we are not used to seeing, the day to day living in the camps, the true reality of refugee’s situations. The exhibition opens the door to wider conversations and deeper understanding and empathy.  As well as invaluable educational stimulus across many subject areas (Geography, History, PSHE, RT, Art, Architecture, English) it teaches our students about their place in the world to make positive change”.    Sue Mulholland Director of Art, Dulwich College

Below: a small selection from the exhibition. photographs © Janine Wiedel

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