Grenfell Tower: Survivors and bereaved give evidence—“We will not be silenced anymore” By Paul Bond

13 October 2018 — WSWS

The official inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017, which claimed 72 lives, has been hearing testimony from survivors, relatives and the bereaved about the events of that night.

The Inquiry is separating evidence about the night’s events from submissions on wider issues concerning the responsibility for the fire of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO)—which managed the building on its behalf. These are scheduled for Phase Two of the Inquiry, which will not begin until after December.

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IRR News (25 September – 10 October)

10 October 2018 — IRR

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

Against the backcloth of austerity, and amidst warnings that universal credit and deep cuts to the welfare budget will massively increase poverty and reliance on food banks, it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that the use of force by police is rising. In the Metropolitan Police, such force – handcuffing, stun guns, CS spray, batons and guns – has risen by a dramatic 79 per cent in the past year, according to a Guardian analysis that points out that police force is disproportionately used against black people and, in the case of stun guns, mental health patients.

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Facebook Deleted 58 More Independent Media Pages Last Night

12 October 2018 — Peoples Trust Toronto

On October 11, 2018, Facebook, in collusion with Twitter, removed more alternative and independent media pages from their platforms. Quality outlets like The Free Thought Project and AntiMedia have now joined the list of over 150 pages that have been removed. This has been going on since early 2018.

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