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Justice for Blessing Olusegun

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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:


Protest

Protesting is not a crime

Defying the anti-protest restrictions

Police attempt to silence mothers

Police invade student homes


NHS

NHS pay: 15% now

Fighting NHS privatisation

Haringey: Hands off our GP practices


Elections

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


Workplace News

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


Campaigns

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


Readers' Opinion

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