teej: by <user name=collapsingnight> (rain)
2010-07-23 06:45 pm

Some links to some stuff

Good points made in relation to yesterday's announcement that the police officer who attacked Ian Tomlinson (who died at the G20 protests last year) will not be facing criminal charges:
Madam Miaow: No police charged in Ian Tomlinson demo death
Liberal Conspiracy: A jury should decide the cause of Ian Tomlinson's death
(If you haven't seen it and can face it, video footage of the attack is on the Guardian website. Also, if you're in the UK, you may wish to sign the 38 degrees petition: Justice for Ian Tomlinson)

On the announcement that Yarl's Wood detention centre 'families wing' is to be closed:
Phil Shiner and Daniel Carey: Yarl's Wood itself is the moral outrage
(Medical Justice archives news coverage related to detention)

Plus, some good blog posts on bad media representations:
Muslimah Media Watch: What Not to Write: More on Bad Veil Headlines  (this is a follow-on from this post: Your Complete Guide to Bad Burqa Puns)
Mediahacker: How to write about Haiti

teej: by <user name=roxicons site=livejournal.com> (susan najarian)
2010-05-12 10:54 pm

no amnesty then, i guess

so i noticed something that the politicians and the media are suddenly not talking about post-election while before they couldn't stop talking about it: immigration.

predictably the Conservatives/Liberal Democrats coalition agreements have resulted in the LibDems already sacrificing their pre-election commitment for an amnesty for (some) undocumented migrants. so that clearly wasn't a dealbreaker, or anywhere even near the top priorities for them.

on the absolute about-fucking-time upside the coalition statement does say "We will end the detention of children for immigration purposes" and it is a credit to all the anti-detention campaigners who have been working for this. and now we must hold them to it.

but this is not enough. politicians and the media stirred up and played into anti-immigrant racism in their election campaigns. now they've gone all quiet on the issue. but racism and xenophobia has not  magically gone away.

any hope (if there ever was any) that the government will be involved in challenging anti-immigrant racism has been quashed. back to business as usual it seems. LIbDems have been told to pipe down about the amnesty, and any talk which doesn't centre the need to 'secure borders' or 'implement limits' has been firmly re-established as beyond the pale.

in this climate the campaign to end child detention can be successful (and it must) only because it doesn't actually challenge any of the racist logic which underpins immigration restrictions. instead it reinforces divisions between 'good' and 'bad'  immigrants, deserving and undeserving, innocent victims vs 'illegal' criminals.

and thousands of children, while they may not be detained, will of course still be deported and labelled 'illegal' at the same rate as before.