Reflection on the response after the tragic terrorist attack in New Zealand

I’ve had some reflection after the tragic terrorist attack in New Zealand and while the majority of people have been universal appalled some responses have been frankly depressing.

Instead of condemnation some seem to have jumped and latched on to a false equivalent and pushing a narrative of denial

I’ve seen people question why Trump has received criticism while after the Pulse terrorist attack in Florida Obama didn’t recive the same thing.

The difference is in Florida the murder who was Muslim targeted the LGBT community, prior to that Obama had not stood on an anti LGBT platform and the shooter had not praised him or mentioned him in his manifesto.

In New Zealand the shooter has praised Trump who has clearly stood on an anti Muslim platforn and has been slow in his criticism of White Supremacists and has empowered them with his rhetoric and actions.

Another thing I’ve seen is some pushing this idea that the New Zealand shooter is not Far Right or White Supremacist and in fact is a left wing environmental terrorist, this false narrative is well and truly sticking the head in the sand to the issues of the rise in hate and prejudice and the danger the far right poses, he clearly openly calls himself a white supremacist and has links to far right groups.

Another thing is comparing the response to attacks around the world on other faith groups, ideally all these would get equal coverage but the way the media works is attacks in Europe, USA,Australia and New Zealand will get more coverage then Africa, India and Pakistan that doesn’t mean it’s a conspiracy to keep these incidents under wraps.

I would of liked to have focused on the moving images of a communuty coming together, the Jewish community in Pittsburgh rasing funds for the victims, the Maori biker gang doing the Haka and the countless tales of bravery and sacrifice by the victims but I felt I had to get this of my chest

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Adair Road Post Office

Important information about Adair Road Post Office – 651 Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 5BD

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Shed burglary – Byron Rd Ipswich

Police are appealing for information after a shed burglary in Ipswich at the end of last week.

The shed at a home in Byron Road was broken into sometime between 10.30pm Thursday 21st & 11am Friday 22nd February. Once inside, a Playstation 4 games console and cash were stolen from inside.

If you have any information about /this burglary please contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/10869/19 or use the online crime reporting link – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something.

Advice on shed & garage security can be found on the Suffolk Police websitewww.suffolk.police.uk or via this link – https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/shedandgaragesecurity.pdf

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the linkhttp://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visitwww.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

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Music on the Barge

On Friday, 26th April 2019, the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Jane Riley, will be hosting a “Music on the Barge”  event at the Ipswich Waterfront in aid of the Mayor’s Charity  –  The Suffolk Law Centre.

Come and join her on-board the historic Sailing Barge Victor for an amazing night of music from local musicians Holly D Johnson and Exit 13.   The Barge has a well-stocked and fully licenced (cash only) Bar, and the evening includes a hearty vegetarian buffet!

Tickets are £15.00 per person (including vegetarian buffet) and can be purchased from the Regent Box Office, the Tourist Information Centre and online via this https://apps.ipswich.gov.uk/en-GB/shows/music%20on%20the%20barge/events#7s8d6f87

Event Times:

7.30pm:                      Doors Open

8.00pm – 9.00pm:       Holly D Johnson

9.00pm:                      Vegetarian Buffet

9.30pm – 10.30pm:     Exit 13

Venue is the Sailing Barge Victor, berthed at the Old Custom House, Ipswich, IP4 1BY.   Music on the Barge is a ‘static’ event and the Sailing Barge Victor will remain moored along the quayside for the evening.

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Ipswich Museums disability access panel

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Ipswich Museums disability access panel

Ipswich Museums  have set up three panel groups which will give local people a way to shape what the museums in Ipswich do and how we work.

The panels will discuss and shape the events programme, exhibitions and gallery text, as well as any physical access issues. It will reflect the needs, priorities and interests of local people, based on your varied experience and perspectives.

The disability access panel will be held at Ipswich Museum on 25 February from 2-3.30pm, when we will be talking about the Ipswich Museum redevelopment.

For more information or to register your interest in joining the panel, please email kathryn.riddington@colchester.gov.uk or call on 01473 433570

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Jussie Smollett

I’m angry at the Jussie Smollett situation,

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/20/entertainment/jussie-smollett-attack/index.html

 

I was genuinely concerned when I heard the reports of his racist and homophobic attack, concerned for all those who had faced this before and will face it in the future.

Then I was stunned when it was reported it could of been faked, waiting for the facts to come out something I didn’t do before because of my confirmation bias and how this act reinforced my world view that hate and prejudice is on the rise.

This act this fakery has a damaging effect, it now gives the far-right and Fox News an excuse to dismiss and diminish the fact that hate is on the rise and that people like Trump do embold and empower those who commit it

 

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/white-supremacist-murders-us-figures-double-2017-racist-hate-crime-las-vegas-shooting-extremist-a8165416.html

 

A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last Friday on gun and drug charges is alleged to be a white supremacist who had a hit list that included prominent Democratic politicians as well as several journalists

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/20/politics/coast-guard-mass-killing-hit-list/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_content=2019-02-21T00%3A06%3A26&utm_source=fbCNN&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0r5MsNRctFvVwG3x8r1cpqRzEBTCbj106UfNdJz0Mj-Y-6uGOcTZnva54

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“killer” car seats for sale

 

From Suffolk Trading Standards

This week the BBC reported on what was dubbed as “killer car seats” being sold on platforms such as Amazon and eBay.

The consumer group Which? have found that although the seats had been removed from sale in 2014 after tests showed they lacked the support needed to protect babies and toddlers, the seats had repeatedly re-appeared for sale on online marketplaces ever since.

The fabric seats, which can cost as little as £8, offer almost no protection in a crash and are illegal to use in the UK.

Approved seats carry a clear orange label with the codes ECE R44-03, ECE R44-04 or ECE R129 to indicate they have been put through EU safety testing and can therefore be legally sold on the UK market.

See the full BBC report here

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47253546

If you see a dangerous car seat being sold, or have purchased one that you have concerns about, please contact Trading Standards via the national Citizens Advice Consumer Service helpline on 03454 040506.

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