Marxist. Trade Unionist. Socialist-feminist. Author. Poet. Speaker. Tutor. RMT ex-Exec. Workers' Liberty. Autie. Bi. PUFC fan.

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Janine will be speaking and poeting. Details to follow! Venue: The George Alcock Centre,…
Janine is the feature poet at this month's instalment of the legendary Hammer & Tongue Brighton. Venue: Rialto Theatre, Brigh…
To save the rivers To pay for their survival We must burst the banks
Give handouts to the City not the town Award the top the most, the bottom least and in the end, the wealth will trickle down So f…
I want to pour my anger into a poem. I want it to drain from my scorched throat and flow down my arm, into my fingers, through my…

This week, two reports found that the actions of Officer Timothy Loehmann in shooting dead black 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland Ohio on 22 November 2014 were "justified".

Tamir Rice
Shot down twice
First his life and now his name
Deadly cops and children's game
Loehmann wins
Mortal sins
Bloodlust and pride

The caller said he's just a boy
Told 911 the gun's a toy
Surveillance footage hasn't lied
Restraint discussed? Not even tried
Two seconds after he arrived
He fired his shots and Tamir died

A judge implied
He must be tried
Perhaps not now he's

- His actions were "reasonable"
- It's barely believable
- The verdict's appealable
- But a 12-year-old life is not so redeemable

Expert-sanctioned homicide
Sanctimony sanitised
Reports will read like lullabies
This young life is nullified

Divide and rule and subdivide
Mistrust, disgust is multiplied

Devils blushed and angels cried

Justice brushed aside