Author Archives: mssophiaakram

New immigration rules snuck through that will affect couples and families

A report on new Home Office guidance issued around the policy on spousal visas. It supposedly makes the ‘minimum income rules’ and financial requirement easier to meet. The Home Office made the changes because a Supreme Court said the rules were unnecessarily harsh on children and compelled the Home Office to adjust them. The response […]

Rashan Charles’ Case Is Reminiscent Of Mark Duggan’s, But Not For The Reasons The Media Will Have You Believe [Huffington Post]

Blog post on the recurring trend in reporting around black deaths in custody or after police contact. Six years on from Mark Duggan’s death. First published in the Huffington Post UK on 6 August 2017: It turns out that Rashan Charles, a 20 year-old black man, who died after police contact, did not swallow an […]

These posters cropping up around the capital will have the Home Office hopping mad [The Canary]

Subvertising against @StMungos & @ThamesReach for their collaboration with the Home Office has hit the underground #CutTheCollaboration pic.twitter.com/FvTB5iYmCH — NELMA (@NELMAcampaigns) July 31, 2017 Twitter story on a subvertising campaign to raise awareness of the collaboration between homeless charities and the Home Office to deport people on the street. First published in The Canary on […]

Kensington and Chelsea may have just avoided another major embarrassment after Grenfell [The Canary]

Report on the treatment of seven women living in a refuge by organisations in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea. First published in The Canary on 31 July 2017: Residents in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) are under pressure once more. After the media furore over RBKC’s treatment of Grenfell Tower survivors, […]

The Daily Mail’s current witch hunt is spreading like wildfire and it’s terrifying [The Canary]

An illustration of the Daily Mail‘s reporting on the black community. First published in The Canary on 30 July 2017: The Daily Mail has instigated a campaign against prominent black public figures who spoke about a recent protest in London. But the problem is that it took their words and used them completely out of […]

One of Britain’s most elite streets got shut down for a very important political message [The Canary]

"Palestine is central to the cause of justice all around the world" PSC protest in London #FreePalestine #SaveAlAqsa pic.twitter.com/dBSdIbFXEa — Sophia Akram (@mssophiaakram) July 22, 2017 Ground report on protest organised by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign against the crackdown on al-Aqsa. First published in The Canary on 23 July 2017: On 22 July, police shut […]

The Real Refugee Crisis Isn’t On Our TV Screens [Huffington Post]

Huffington Post blog on the political stagnation and violence faced by refugees on the Greek Islands and hotspots. First published in the Huffington Post on 20 July 2017: After the listlessness of winter, summer is usually the antidote. Peak weather, renewed energy. Things start happening, people begin moving. For most of us this means enjoying life […]