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Edition 23

The problematic past of the Merchant Venturers

Mark Steeds from the Bristol Radical History Group, co-author of From Wulfstan to Colston, tells the story of the origins, history and development of the Society of Merchant Venturers

‘You need to see yourself’: tackling the national curriculum’s overwhelming whiteness

Listen: Bristol Unpacked, with Zakiya McKenzie on Black in the green movement and why people shouldn't be so polite

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Poet Lawrence Hoo, on decolonising education, and if he's now in the establishment

As part of the Cable's Black History Month coverage, Neil and Lawrence talk about the renaming of Colston Hall to Bristol Beacon, how education and the arts are key to building positive paths for young people and the role a poet plays in the political process of the city.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Desmond Brown, on knife crime, the justice system and being called a ‘police informant’

People's History

Bristol History Podcast: Centuries of slavery and the city, and how enslaved people helped abolish the trade

'Why we must challenge media narratives of Travellers'

A Cable member recently cancelled their membership because we write about inequalities faced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers instead of where the latest unauthorised encampment is. Here’s why we do that.

Community protests against horrific racist hit-and-run, 'attempted murder' in Bristol

The horrific hit-and-run against a 21-year old NHS worker in Horfield shook the city. The Cable spoke to one Horfield local and protesters campaigning against racism.

Bristol activists spearhead the call for reparations for the legacy and current damage of slavery and colonialism

As Green councillor Cleo Lake petitions Bristol’s mayor, Marvin Rees, to lobby the UK government about reparations, we explore what that means, and talk to the Bristol activists involved.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Marti Burgess, the first Black Merchant Venturer

Marti is the first Black person to join the Merchant Venturers, the 500 year old club of slave trader Edward Colston.

Bristol History Podcast: The Bristol Bus Boycott

This week I met with Professor Madge Dresser to discuss the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963. The boycott against the Bristol Omnibus Company over its racist employment policy was the first black-led protest against racial discrimination in post-war Britain. We explored race relations in Bristol aroun...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Delroy Hibbert

Delroy Hibbert is a Black Lives Matter backer. But he also attended the ‘All Lives Matter’ demonstration in Bristol the week after Colston fell.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Cleo Lake

Season 1, Episode 1: Founding member of Countering Colston, Green party city councillor and former Lord Mayor, Cleo Lake has a lot to say on the big questions of politics, race, history and the future of Bristol and beyond.

Reflections on the All Lives Matter protest

From “All Lives Matter” to “just doing my patriotic duty,” Cable reporter Priyanka Raval reflects on the “protect the cenotaph” demonstration on Saturday.

Watch: Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol

Cable journalist Priyanka Raval spoke to people at Sunday's BlackLivesMatter protest about what the toppling of the Edward Colston's statue means, and where Bristol goes from here.

Watch: The Kneel at the Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol 2020

"We are killed for racially charged suspicions. Demonised even when found innocent. And fight for our mere existence."

PHOTOESSAY: The protest that toppled Colston

The Black Lives Matter protest on Sunday hit headlines the world over after protestors pulled down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston and rolled him down to the docks and into the river.

Editorial: After Colston, now to tear down structures of racism, including in the media

A statement from the Cable on the felling of Colston, Black Lives Matter and working towards anti-racism.

Colston statue toppled during Bristol's Black Lives Matter protest

The statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol city centre - often the centre of debates about marking Bristol's dark history - was today torn down.

Why what happened in Minneapolis matters in Bristol

As George Floyd’s murder shocks the world and Bristol gears up for Black Lives Matter protests this Sunday, how can the city effectively confront its own dark history and inequalities?

'More work to do' on institutional racism at Bristol City Council

The council has been tackling the problem following a damning review into the death of Bijan Ebrahimi and complaints of racial discrimination by council staff.

'Bristol museum's ‘Do You Believe in Magic?’ exhibition risks disappearing colonised people'

Deya Mukherjee examines Bristol Museum's recent 'visually stunning' but problematic 'Do You Believe in Magic' exhibition.

The Bristolian 17-year-old campaigning for racial justice in climate change movement

The Cable catches up with Mya-Rose Craig, the 17-year-old Bristolian activist, about sharing a stage with Greta and race equality in the environmental movement.

The challenge of pissing the right people off: inside Extinction Rebellion Bristol

Lots has been written about XR, with a mixture of admiration and irritation, hope for the future and concern about some of their methods. Here’s a look at how the Bristol branches work, and their plans for future actions.

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