Society

Tear gas 101: what it does and why it’s deadly

As protestors across the US find themselves smothered by an intoxicating smog that causes tearing, burning and trouble breathing, four experts outline the dangers of so-called “non-lethal” weapons that are banned in warfare, yet remain legal for domestic matters of law enforcement.

Society

The 2011 riots changed the way we protest forever

Ten years ago, Mark Duggan was killed by the Metropolitan Police, triggering an eruption of riots across the country. Artist Baff Akoto delves into the dawn of digital activism in Britain, reflecting on how it shaped movements like Black Lives Matter.

Society

Imarn Ayton: the face of reform

Ayton is the megaphone-wielding figurehead of a movement that aims to eradicate institutionalised racism wherever it’s found. As focus turns from marches to three-tier local lockdowns, the 29-year-old is contemplating how to maintain momentum while socially distanced, and how to create real and lasting change within the UK.


Make some noise for black lives

In response to the recent report, which found black communities more likely to die from Covid-19 than white, Black Lives Matter UK and Race & Health are encouraging the public to make some noise for those staying at home.

Society

We must continue to say George Floyd’s name

Yesterday, 11 months after the death of George Floyd, former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of his murder. It was an historic verdict, but the war against systemic racism and police brutality has barely begun.

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