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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 July 2021
TV - Statue wars: one summer in Bristol
Edward Colston's statue was toppled in Bristol, photo Bristol SP (Click to enlarge)
Chris Young, Bristol North Socialist Party
This is a programme about the Black Lives Matter movement in Bristol. Historically, Bristol's economy has been built on exploitation, especially the blood, sweat and tears of kidnapped and enslaved people from Africa.
Bristol people took action, and dumped the statue of Colston in the harbour. This symbolic act of resistance has been copied all around the world.
In Bristol, four people are on trial for the action they took. But there is a campaign to defend them.
The programme followed the response of Bristol City Council and particularly the mayor, Labour's Marvin Rees - the first black mayor in Europe.
Marvin made some strong points on racism in the documentary, and you can see that he does care. Sadly, he hasn't taken a lead in the BLM movement in Bristol.
There have been several protests outside the council building, and not once did he come outside, address the crowd and show his support. You can see Marvin and his top team looking out of the window wondering how to deal with us. He's been sitting on the fence and diverting responsibility by putting the discussion out to academics.
The Socialist Party will be standing in the next round of elections as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). In the meantime, we'll resist local Labour and Green complacency over BLM and other issues - caused by their support for capitalist solutions - with our trade union and community activism.
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In The Socialist 7 July 2021:
What we think
Batley & Spen byelection: Another condemnation of Starmer's New Labour
The Struggle for World Socialism
The struggle for world socialism
Fight is on to save our NHS
NHS workers' protests
Fund the measures needed to stop the Covid spread in schools
Manchester death rate caused by deprivation
Bristol: Police to blame for protest violence
Royal London Hospital strike win
Morrisons private equity takeover proposals - Usdaw needs to move to a war footing
Safety campaign in DWP: What has happened to our ballot?
Striking Brush workers continue to protest 'fire and rehire'
Striking Ealing parking attendants rally outside council
Derby academies closed by strikes against brutal cuts and changes
Oaks Park strikers rally
Terry Fields MP, Prisoner DV 3695 - The jailing of 'poll tax' rebel and Militant
COP26: Socialist change to end the climate crisis
Israel: Hospital ancillary workers strike over pay parity and workload
Rising against a rigged and rotten system
Why did I choose the Socialist Party?
Housing: Join the service charge 'strike'
Stop environmental destruction in Barnsley
"It's great to be back": Come to a Socialist Party in-person meeting
We need funds to fight Tory NHS attacks
Road closures: Hackney residents have not been consulted
The story of Joe Clough - Britain's first black bus driver
Exhibition: What next for the statue of slave trader, Edward Colston?
TV - Statue wars: one summer in Bristol
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