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Do Black Lives Really Matter?

IF WE CARE ABOUT EQUALITY, WE MUST ALL STAND UP AGAINST RACISM, SAYS PHYLL OPOKUGYIMAH, FOUNDER OF UK BLACK PRIDE
We cannot stay silent: queer woman and grassroots activist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah
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I am angry, I am hurting, I am sad. My heart weighs a ton. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. We are living in turbulent times. Whenever I turn on the TV, open the newspapers or walk down the street, I hear about lost black lives. Lives lost to racist officers of the law who police black men and women with impunity. Everyday racism in America.

But here in the UK my black sisters are grieving too, for women like Sarah Reed who died in a police cell in January, so I have joined the mass movement here to protest, take to the streets, chant: “Black Lives Matter. No Justice, No Peace. No Racist Police.”

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Our September issue cover star is chat show host Ellen DeGeneres Also in this issue Jack Monroe: My crowdfunding success story PLUS a tasty new recipe Phyll Opoku-Gyimah: Why we must support #BlackLivesMatter Vicky Beeching: How to survive the toughest of times Heather Peace shares her tips on preparing for parenthood Eleanor Margolis on why there’s nothing more lesbian than a boy crush Jay Bernard on the inspirational Sisters Uncut Why are 73% of lesbian and bi women still not fully out at work? Gemma Whelan: the Game of Thrones star on why she loves kissing women Hope Powell: Changing the game for women’s football Mrs & Mrs Spraggan: Lucy and Georgina share their wedding day with us Sophie Ward interviews Liz Carr on her new musical Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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