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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 March 2021
Justice for Blessing Olusegun
Following the vigils for Sarah Everard, the chairs of Southwark and Lewisham trades councils issued a joint statement. As well as raising questions about police action regarding the serving police officer charged with Sarah's murder, and the brutal police behaviour at the Clapham Common vigil, the statement also referred to the death of Blessing Olusegun.
Blessing was a 21-year-old business student from London who went to Bexhill on a one-week placement as a carer to help elderly people with dementia and other mental health issues.
She was found dead on Bexhill beach near Galley Hill on Friday 18 September 2020 with her shoes and phone nearby her body. The police are treating her death as non-suspicious.
However, Blessing's mother, Esther Abe, is demanding to know why her daughter died.
The joint statement asks: "Why have the police, MPs and media maintained their silence? We need justice for Blessing and her family. We need fairness and we need democratic accountability of the police and government".
The petition regarding Blessing Olusegun's case can be found at: www.change.org/p/government-justice-for-blessing
The statement also called for discussion and plans as to how trade unions can be more vocal and instrumental in challenging violence and sexism in the workplace, while also ensuring there is equal attention given to black women and men. The case of Unite fighting sexual harassment in a mainly male workforce, Woolwich Ferry, is a serious and effective example of what can be done to act together for safety and equality.
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In The Socialist 24 March 2021:
Protesting is not a crime
Defying the anti-protest restrictions
Police attempt to silence mothers
Police invade student homes
NHS pay: 15% now
Fighting NHS privatisation
Haringey: Hands off our GP practices
Battle for a fighting, anti-austerity Liverpool mayor
Why I am standing for TUSC
Help fund the Socialist Party's stand as part of TUSC
Fighting Sexual Harassment
Fighting sexual harassment and gender violence on campus
Justice for Blessing Olusegun
Film Review: Moxie
Paris Commune 150 Years
150th anniversary of the Paris Commune
2011 Pensions Strike
Lessons of the 2011 pensions strike: when workers showed their power
PCS elections: increased support for Broad Left Network
Engineering workers strike against 'fire and rehire' in Leicester
'Sleep-ins' ruling must lead to a huge campaign for social care workers' rights
Shrewsbury Pickets win: Convictions overturned
Sparks continue protests against deskilling
Beal High school strike as management refuse to negotiate over fair sick pay scheme
Preparing to organise workers in Enfield
Support victimised bus driver reps and Socialist Party members Declan and Moe
Goodlord workers continue all-out strike
Save John Carroll - fight is far from over!
Stop evictions and drop the debts
Online meeting - Ending violence against women, the socialist approach
Socialist Party regional conferences meet online
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