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Bahar Mustafa’s supporters defend minority-specific events, ironic misandry, fight against female oppression

Bahar Mustafa’s supporters defend minority-specific events, ironic misandry, fight against female oppression

Support has been growing for Bahar Mustafa, the Welfare and Diversity officer at the centre of a racism and sexism row. They defend Mustafa for organizing minority-specific events and say her tweeting of hashtags such as #killallwhitemen has been misunderstood. The president of Goldsmiths’ Student Union, Howard Littler, and the co-convenor of the MA…

15,000 sign online petition against Goldsmiths Diversity officer who tweeted ‘#killallwhitemen’

15,000 sign online petition against Goldsmiths Diversity officer who tweeted ‘#killallwhitemen’

    Over 15,000 people have signed an online petition on Change.org calling for the removal of Goldsmiths’ Student Union Welfare and Diversity Officer, Bahar Mustafa, from her position. The petition reached its target of 15,000 signatures on Wednesday night and is now seeking an extra 10,000 supports. A Twitter campaign supporting…

Budget cuts threaten Lewisham Toy Library

Budget cuts threaten Lewisham Toy Library

Lewisham Toy Library in Catford could close due to funding cuts and the unexpected imposition of rent by the council. The charity, which has served more than 10 000 children over a period of 43 years, might be charged a monthly commercial based rent. On Monday, the Toy Library appealed…

SU officer responds to accusations of racism, sexism

SU officer responds to accusations of racism, sexism

A student official yesterday rejected accusations of racism and sexism which had been levelled at her after she asked men and white people not to attend a Students’ Union event at Goldsmiths. Bahar Mustafa, 27,  Welfare and Diversity Officer for the SU at Goldsmiths in New Cross, was at the centre of a row…

New “Photoshop Gym” outperforms online learning

New “Photoshop Gym” outperforms online learning

The Photoshop Gym is an hour-long workout for your Photoshop muscles offered by The Proud Archivist in Haggerston. The weekly sessions teach students the fundamentals of Photoshop and how to apply those skills in the workplace. The organisers have identified a market for alternative and cheaper ways to learn Photoshop,…

Councillors lead push to save school special needs unit

Councillors lead push to save school special needs unit

Labour councillors have urged a school to reconsider its decision to close its sixth form special educational needs unit, which has left 21 students in the dark over the future of their education. The Cambridge Heath Sixth Form Special Educational Needs (SEN) Unit has been facing closure since March this…

ELL goes to Delhi: Student projects for sale in Delhi

ELL goes to Delhi: Student projects for sale in  Delhi

This week the team behind Eastlondlines has been working with journalism students at Jamia Millia Ismalia University in Delhi to produce the Delhi Gazette, a website much like ELL and covering stories in the Indian capital. Many of these stories reflect the same issues and events that are found in…

Row over men and whites ban at student diversity event

Row over men and whites ban at student diversity event

The management of Goldsmiths college has expressed concern over a Students’ Union event aimed at promoting racial and gender diversity which men and white people were asked not to attend. The Union Welfare and Diversity Officer, Bahar Mustafa, has faced criticism after she posted to Facebook ahead of the April 21…

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis is the driving force of the Stop Academies in Lewisham campaign. He is also general secretary of the Lewisham branch of the NUT and a member of its national executive. He’s a secondary school science teacher in Lewisham and will be standing as an MP for the Trade…

Uncertain future for families reliant on child care centres

Uncertain future for families reliant on child care centres

For many parents, raising a child can be an isolating and difficult experience. A children’s Sure Start centre can provide life-changing help, offering everything from breastfeeding advice to language classes for local families. But what if this help were to diminish or come to an end? What would happen to…

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