Stagecoach bus driver accused of ignoring Muslim commuters

first_imgA complaint has been made against the bus company Stagecoach Group regarding alleged incidents of Islamophobic discrimination along Cowley Road.According to a complaint made against Stagecoach Group Muslim commuters were ignored on two separate occasions by company bus drivers on the number 10 bus route. The complaint was submitted to ‘Tell MAMA’ (Measuring Anti Muslim Attacks), a project that records anti-Muslim abuse in the UK.On the first occasion, the complainant stated, a couple who “were obviously Muslim… tried to flag the bus down but the driver despite seeing them completely ignored them and continued to drive on.” In the second instance, a bus driver “deliberately chose to drive on” after “being flagged down by a group of people, one of whom was clearly wearing a Hijab and clearly identifiable as a Muslim.”In a written response to the complainant, a Stagecoach employee apologised for the incidents, saying, “I can see the situations you described. I am at a loss to explain why the driver did not stop. I completely understand how these incidents have been interpreted. I give you my assurances that matters of this nature are treated very seriously. We are an equal opportunities employer who ensures that all customers, employees or job applicants are treated fairly and equally.”Further assurances were also made, including a formal interview with the driver and an investigation “in line with the Company’s disciplinary procedure.”In a statement to Cherwell, a spokeswoman for Stagecoach Group said, “We would be very disappointed to hear of any situation where a driver is found not to have stopped for passengers waiting at a bus stop. We have investigated the matter fully, including viewing CCTV and speaking to the driver involved.“There was one occasion on which a customer remained inside the bus shelter as the vehicle passed the stop and did not appear to clearly indicate a desire to board that particular bus. There were a number of other buses in the area at the time. In addition, we have not found any evidence to suggest that the driver’s behaviour on this occasion was racially motivated.“The welfare of our customers is of the utmost importance to us and we are very clear that anyone employed by Stagecoach should treat both customers and colleagues fairly and with respect and that we will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”According to Tell MAMA, transport is one area where victims of anti-Muslim abuse “consistently raise concerns.” The organisation was founded in February 2012 to record physical, verbal, written and online attacks against Muslims and provide support to the victims. In 2014-2015, 548 verified incidents were reported.Kiran Benipal, Co-Chair of OUSU’s Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE), told Cherwell of her “horror and disgust” at the alleged incident, stating that “the racial tension which it highlights is particularly poignant at this time of the year – Ramadan.”“Incidents such as this one and those similar have become all too commonplace, and are too rarely logged. Instead, they have become anecdotes for Oxford BME residents and students to share and momentarily reflect on, before they return to the reality of Oxford life as a ‘racial minority.’”last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Debuts “What You Need” At Red Rocks, Welcomes Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins

first_imgLast night, Greensky Bluegrass played their first of a two-night run, at Morrison, CO’s beloved Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The sold-out Red Rocks occasion comes on the heels of an intimate Friday night pickin’ party at Denver’s Ogden Theatre. The California Honeydrops took care of the opening duties for the Friday show, wowing the should-to-shoulder crowd with their funky R&B infused, bluesy jams. Greensky had fun inviting up a handful of guests, as well as sprinkling in some Phish and Grateful Dead teases throughout their high-intensity jam grass.Greensky Bluegrass opened the first set with “Past My Prime”, taking their time with the intro, slowly trickling into an explosion before Paul Hoffman took it away with his silky-smooth vocals. Smoothly transitioning into “Bone Digger”, the band got loose and comfortable, picking up the speed before moving into “A Letter From Seymour”. With lighting designer Andrew Lincoln painting a cosmic, rainbow tapestry, the five-piece prepared for take-off, as Michael Arlen Bont fired off a twangy solo on banjo.Next up was the Hoffman led “In Control”, with Anders Beck laying down some intricate licks on dobro. Picking up the pace, Bont let out the opening lick to New Grass Revival’s “Can’t Stop Now”, with the five-piece trading off solos down the line, one after another. Dave Bruzza was sounding sharp and quick-witted, showing off some impressive flatpicking skills on his beautiful sunburst acoustics guitar. At home, Greensky offered up a debut, “What You Need”, inviting up tour manager and frequent guest Guido Baptista to help out on the vibraslap.Greensky Bluegrass – “Burn Them” – 9/22/2018[Video: Kyle Isaac]With a well placed “Burn Them” and “Like Reflections”, the guests kept coming as the Greensky boys invited up Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist, Joel Cummins, to assist the band on “Jaywalking”. The addition of keys was a pleasant surprise for the Red Rocks throwdown, and the band was enjoying themselves with an additional sixth member. Keeping Cummins on stage, Greensky brought set one to a close with a cover of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved”, throwing in a serious tease of the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street”.Greensky Bluegrass w/ Joel Cummins – “Jaywalking”> “Could You Be Loved” – 9/22/2018[Video: Kyle Isaac]The band took a brief set break, giving the sold-out crowd a chance to refuel on liquids, and prepare for a rowdy second set full of high-octane bluegrass. Hoffman took the lead on lyrics, as Greensky Bluegrass opened up the second set with “Old Barns”, with a different “New Barns” arrangement. With not a worry in the Colorado sky, Bruzza led the band through “Worried About The Weather”, as Beck stole the show and dazzled the crowd with a ripping solo.“Who is Fredrico” was up next, before inviting up the California Honeydrops onstage to help out on “Night Time Is The Right Time”. Leading the way again on vocals, Bruzza took charge into “Take Cover”, as Beck let out some twangy-electrified sounds that one would question possible on a dobro. Moving forward, the band picked up the pace once again with “Freeborn Man”, doing the country classic cover justice.Greensky Bluegrass w/ California Honeydrops – “Night Time Is The Right Time” – 9/22/2018[Video: Kyle Isaac]With a crowd howling for more, Greensky continued with the theme of “free”, working in a badass cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird”. The crowd got what the asked for, with Greensky firing off on all cylinders, as Beck, Bont, Bruzza, Hoffman, and Mike Devol wowed the crowd with an electrified jam out of the perfectly placed cover. Taking a second to catch their breaths, the band mellowed the mood with “The Four”, impressively showcasing their delicate harmonies. Reflecting on home and the leaps they have made over the years, Greensky played “The Four”, before bringing set two to a close with “Living Over”, a perfect way to cap the first of two nights at Red Rocks. The band came back out to encore “Gimme Some Lovin’”, making room for an all-out dance party, one last time for the evening.Greensky Bluegrass heads back to Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight, with Brooklyn-based funk-outfit Turkuaz helping out with the opening duties. Nugs.tv will again be offering up an option for fans to webcast from home.For more information on Greensky’s upcoming dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 9/22/2018Set One: Past My Prime > Bone Digger, A Letter to Seymour, In Control > Can’t Stop Now (1), What You Need (2)(3), Burn Them (4), Like Reflections, Jaywalking (5) > Could You Be Loved (5)(6)Set Two: Old Barns (7), Worried About The Weather, Who is Frederico (8), Night Time Is the Right Time (9), Take Cover (10), Freeborn Man (11)(12)(13) > Freebird > The Four > Bottle Dry, Living OverEncore: Gimme Some Lovin’(1) – w/ Shout quotes(2) – FTP(3) – w/ Guido Batista (vibraslap)(4) – w/ Lindsay Mosier & Keith Kinnear (tambourine)(5) – w/ Joel Cummins(6) – Shakedown Street tease(7) – New Barns arrangement(8) – w/ Lech Wierzynski & Johnny Bones(9) – w/ California Honeydrops(10) – Simpsons Theme tease(11) – Divided Sky tease(12) – Streets of Cairo tease(13) – Freebird teaseGreensky Bluegrass Upcoming Tour Dates9/23 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre @9/26 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown *9/27 – Des Moines, IA – Brenton Skating Plaza *9/28 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre *9/29 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater *9/30 – Columbia, MO – Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival10/2 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre10/4 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station10/5 – Arrington, VA – The Festy Experience10/6 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre10/7 – Stratton Mountain, VT – Stratton Mountain Resort10/31 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre #11/1 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre #11/2 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox #11/3 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox #11/7 – Crystal Bay, NV – The Crystal Bay Club/Crown Room #11/8 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre #11/9 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park #11/10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre #11/12 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren #11/14 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly #11/15 – Houston, TX – House of Blues #11/16 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ #11/23 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre11/24 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre11/17 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater #12/7 – 12/11 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings & Sol12/28 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre12/29 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre12/30 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre12/31 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera [email protected] – with Turkuaz* – with Ghost Light# – with The Lil SmokiesView All Tour Dateslast_img read more