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Mohammed Saleem’s family mark fourth anniversary of his brutal murder

In Events, Interviews, News on 04/29/2017 at 13:00
82-year-old Mohammed Saleem was murdered by a far-right white supremacist terrorist

82-year-old Mohammed Saleem was murdered by a far-right white supremacist terrorist

Today is the fourth anniversary of one of the worst terror incidents in the recent history of Birmingham.

On April 29, 2003, Ukrainian white supremacist terrorist Pavlo Lapshyn stabbed and murdered Birmingham pensioner Mohammed Saleem outside a mosque in Small Heath, in the hope of starting a race war. Read the rest of this entry »

OPINION | Rangzeb Hussain | “Go back home, Paki! This is England!” was my EDL welcome

In News on 04/10/2017 at 15:42
A member of the English Defence League (EDL) in BIrmingham on Saturday 8th April (Photograph: Rangzeb Hussain)

A member of the English Defence League (EDL) in Birmingham on Saturday 8th April (Photograph: Rangzeb Hussain)

THUGS. That is what we are dealing with.

THUGS. Our world is being brutalized by the violence and ignorance of narrow-minded THUGS.

Today, in my home town, I experienced the hatred and intimidation of THUGS. Read the rest of this entry »

Muslim councillor schools online racist following Facebook abuse

In News on 02/21/2017 at 15:58
Birmingham city councillor Mariam Khan has been receiving Islamophobic racist abuse (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Birmingham city councillor Mariam Khan has been receiving Islamophobic racist abuse (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

A Muslim councillor from Birmingham has totally schooled an online racist after being told to “f*** off” out of the country.

Cllr Mariam Khan, who represents the Birmingham Washwood Heath ward, was targeted by Facebook user ‘Dawn Lees’ in a vitriolic hate-filled attack posted publicly under a Birmingham Mail news story yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

City campaigners join national day of action against Trump

In Events, News on 02/20/2017 at 09:48
'Trump hates everyone' placard at the Birmingham anti Donald Trump protest in Birmingham (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Cities across the UK are taking part in a day of action against Donald Trump and hate speech (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

As a national day of action gets underway today, focusing on challenging hate, celebrating immigration and calling on the government to ban Donald Trump from visiting the UK; organisations across Birmingham are joining forces to make their voices heard on these issues.

Leading with the anti-Trump movement, coalitions of several anti-racism organisations are meeting in the city this evening to express their opposition to the rhetoric of the US President and his administration’s targeting of immigrants, refugees, Muslims, Mexicans and minority groups. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-racism activist calls out Owen Jones for boycotting anti-Trump demo

In News on 02/04/2017 at 07:36
Birmingham anti-racism activist Maz Saleem has called out writer Owen Jones for boycotting an anti-Trump demonstration

Birmingham anti-racism activist Maz Saleem has called out writer Owen Jones for boycotting an anti-Trump demonstration

A Birmingham anti-racism campaigner has accused controversial Guardian journalist Owen Jones of “sectarianism” and hypocrisy after he refused to attend an anti-Trump demonstration, which has been co-organised by Muslim organisations.

Maz Saleem, who became an anti-hate and anti-Islamophobia activist after her father Mohammed Saleem was murdered by neo-Nazi Pavlo Lapshyn in Birmingham in 2013, has condemned Jones’ comments which suggest a demonstration taking place in London today has been organised by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). Read the rest of this entry »

Hundreds protest Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ at mass Birmingham rally

In News on 01/30/2017 at 22:00
Over a thousand people gathered in Birmingham's Victoria Square to protest new US President Donald Trump and his recent 'Muslim ban' (Photograph: Geoff Dexter)

Over a thousand people gathered in Birmingham’s Victoria Square to protest new US President Donald Trump and his recent ‘Muslim ban’ (Photograph: Geoff Dexter)

Over a thousand of people turned out for a mass protest against Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim travel ban’ tonight in central Birmingham, as thousands more gathered across the country.

The demonstration, called by Birmingham resident Hasanain Jaffer in response to the executive order signed by new US President Donald Trump which bans travel to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries, was backed and supported by several West Midlands anti-racism and anti-war organisations.
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Black Lives Matter protesters march through Birmingham

In News on 07/11/2016 at 14:30
Protesters in Birmingham marched through the streets of the city centre demanding justice (Photograph: Geoff Dexter)

Protesters in Birmingham marched through the streets of the city centre demanding justice (Photograph: Geoff Dexter)

Hundreds of protesters marched through Birmingham city centre on Saturday, demonstrating and rallying in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, in response to the recent and ongoing murders of black civilians in the US.

In direct response to the recent killing of 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, Birmingham-based arts organisation Artivist called a silent vigil in High Street, which was followed by a march through the city centre and a rally outside Steelhouse Lane Police Station. Read the rest of this entry »

Youth group creates anti-hate toolkit following EU referendum

In Events, News on 07/02/2016 at 17:50
Youth engagement agency Beatfreeks held an 'Anti-Hate Crime Toolkit' workshop in Birmingham (Photograph: Paul Stringer)

Youth engagement agency Beatfreeks held an ‘Anti-Hate Crime Toolkit’ workshop in Birmingham (Photograph: Paul Stringer)

Birmingham-based youth engagement agency Beatfreeks held an ‘Anti-Hate Crime Toolkit’ workshop yesterday, in order to take direct and shift action against the rise in hate crime – both locally and nationally – following the EU Referendum.

Following Birmingham’s majority ‘Leave’ vote, hate crimes in the city have reportedly risen and become more visible; including cases of threats, verbal abuse and attacks. A day after the referendum vote, Muslim mother-of-two Sabiha Mahmoud was racially abused outside her son’s school for discussing the vote with her friend. Read the rest of this entry »

Halal butchers in Walsall hit by ‘petrol bomb’ in “racist” attack

In News on 06/28/2016 at 14:40
A Muslim halal butchers in Walsall has been petrol bombed, in what police believe may be a racist attack (Photograph: Google StreetView)

A Muslim halal butchers in Walsall has been petrol bombed, in what police believe may be a racist attack (Photograph: Google StreetView)

A member of staff at a halal butchers has been injured after being attacked with a bottle of ignited liquid, which was thrown into the store during opening hours.

The incident, during which the suspect walked in and threw the ‘Molotov cocktail’ directly at those inside the building, took place at Kashmir Meat & Poultry on Wednesbury Road in Walsall yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

Birmingham Muslim woman abused following EU vote

In News on 06/27/2016 at 14:09
Birmingham mum Sabiha Mahmoud was threatened by a passer-by after discussing the EU Referendum result with a friend (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Birmingham mum Sabiha Mahmoud was threatened by a passer-by after discussing the EU Referendum result with a friend (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

A Birmingham mother was threatened by a stranger as she picked up her son from school, after he overheard her expressing her dissatisfaction at the EU Referendum result.

Sabiha Mahmoud – a Muslim woman who chooses to wear a headscarf – was chatting to a friend on Friday, a day after the EU vote, when a middle-aged man came up to them, pointed at her and reportedly said, “You lot are leaving next!” Read the rest of this entry »