Adam Cooper is a PHD student and part of the national Black Students' Campaign.
Alex Schafran is the new editor of the Debates section for City, which is published in London and works to bridge the gap between academics and non-academics. He is an urban planner by training, and currently teacher urban geography at the University of Leeds. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he worked for a decade as an organiser, advocate, policy analyst and planner for a variety of social justice organisations in New York and California.
Ali Has founded Morgan Has Solicitors. He has defended Kurdish activists being persecuted for supposed 'terrorist' activities; he also served as an international observer at mass show-trials in Turkey.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a filmmaker, artist, and activist. She is co-founder of Fugitive Images (responsible for the installation 'i am here' and book 'Estate: Arts, Politics and Social Housing in Britain'). She has been making films since 1998, originally as part of the collective Vision Machine, which worked in the USA and Indonesia, exploring the impact of globalisation, power, and denied histories.
Anthony Cozens was born and raised in Winchester. He trained at the Oxford School of Drama. Theatre includes: Shed (Southwark Playhouse);The Upstairs Room (King's Head);For All We Know (Old Red Lion); Hacked (Theatre 503); The Exonerated (Charing Cross Theatre); The Common Good (Rounghouse Studio / Arcola Theatre); Art (Edinburgh Fringe)
Film includes: AmStarDam; Dementamania; National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2 - The Rise of Taj; The Origins of Evil. Television includes: Houdini (History Channel),Cider With Rosie (BBC); Sherlock (BBC); Waking the Dead (BBC); Holby City (BBC); The Bill (Talkback Thames); Casualty (BBC); Judge John Deed (BBC). Anthony has also appeared in several short films including Speechless, winner of 5 awards.
Antonio Ottomanelli studied architecture in Milan and Lisbon. Until 2012 he was adjunct professor at the Polytechnic of Milan. In 2009 he founded IRA-C, public platform for research in the field of urban and social strategies. He is currently engaged in the study and documentation of the condition of cities and territories in a state of conflict, with particular attention to the contemporary relationship between public security and private freedom. Over the past four years he has worked in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.
April Reilly is a student at the University of Birmingham, currently completing her third and final year in Political Science and Philosophy. Since 2010, she has been involved in campaigns with the student anti-cuts and anti-fees movement. Disillusioned with the upper-middle class, white student left, she has since focused her efforts and energies into Palestine solidarity campaigns against Israeli occupation and apartheid. April has been involved with the Justice 4 Sanaz Campaign since March 2013. In the future, April hopes to further her studies, exploring the intersection of colonialism, gender and sexuality.
Aram Pan is an architectural and interior photographer from Singapore, who also specialises in 360 degree virtual tours. In 2013, he set out to uncover the mundane in North Korea. So much of the world has been fixated on images of war from the regime that the everyday happenings around the secretive state are quickly overlooked and forgotten. This project aims to uncover the everyday lives of the people in North Korea. www.dprk360.com
Awqapuma Yayra Colque is an activist based in west London, who has been politically active from a very young age. She has been involved in organisations that aim to help Nican Tlaca immigrants with their English and IT skills. In 2012, under the tutelage of Olin Tezcatlipoca, Awqapuma together with Nemequene Aquiminzaque Tundama started the London Chapter of the Mexica Movement. Having already achieved a degree in sociology, she will be going to SOAS to complete a Masters and PhD in History. After her studies, she will be going back to her homeland and carrying on her work towards liberation. http://nicantlacawarrior.blogspot.co.uk/
Bekki Perriman is an artist based in London, working across media in sound, photography and installation. She has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions and was selected for the Islington Exhibits Art Award in 2013. Perriman is self taught and works in the context of mental health and homelessness. www.bekkiperriman.co.uk
Benny Wenda is a West Papuan independence leader and an international lobbyist. He lives in exile in Oxford. In 2003 he was granted political asylum by the British Government following his escape from custody while on trial in West Papua. http://bennywenda.org/
Black Hiistory Walks runs guided tours of London from a black (African) perspective. Black history movies and rare documentaries and talks are also hosted once a month in the London area. www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) is a growing resistance network has opposed the entire anti-terror legislative framework, its political agenda and its exceptional powers. Since 2001 (CAMPACC) has brought together migrant groups, civil liberties campaigners, lawyers and journalists. The campaign has built solidarity with people targeted by anti-terror powers through protest actions, public meetings, petitions, seminars and submissions to consultations (e.g. by Parliamentary committees and the Home Office), meanwhile collectively developing critical analysis of the securitisation agenda CAMPACC raised the slogan, ‘We are all terror suspects’, also printed on t-shirts. All these activities reinforce and build solidarity networks, which have been central to effective opposition. For building solidarity, a crucial strength has been a long-term working relationship with numerous organisations which can bring greater resources. These include: the Haldane Society, solicitors’ group practices (especially Garden Court Chambers and Birnberg Peirce), Statewatch, Cageprisoners, Cordoba Foundation, London Guantanamo Campaign, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, Kurdish community centres, British Tamil Forum, Tamil Youth Organisation UK, London Somali Youth Forum, Hands Off Somalia, Peace and Justice in East London (PJEL), the College of Law (Birkbeck College), State Crime Project (University Westminster).
Cathy Ward is a London based artist and activist whose work is embraces social and cultural documentary photography. In the late 1980s-90s she worked on the sink Estate Haggerston experiencing problems of vandalism and robbery and is a contributor to Andrea Luka Zimmerman's film 'Estate'. www.catharyneward.com
David Bedford is professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick. He received his PhD in political philosophy from York University, Toronto, Canada. In addition to teaching and researching in political philosophy, he has taught and published on various issues on First Nations politics. His publications include articles on First Nations voter turnout, the relation of First Nations values and ecological politics, the political issues involved in self-government, and the Iroquois Great Law of Peace as a document of international relations. He has also published a book on the relation of First Nations and the Left The Tragedy of Progress: Marxism, Modernity and the Aboriginal Question.
Deepa Naik is a writer, activst and co-founder of This Is Not A Gateway and Myrdle Court Press. Her work investigates issues of spatial justice, colonialism, resistance movements and legal systems. http://myrdlecourtpress.net/
Duale Yusuf coordinates the Somali Youth Project, is active in the Somali Unity Council, and has been interviewed for several tv programmes.
Esther Stanford-Xosei is a raparationist, jurisconsult, communicty advocate and radio broadcaster. She serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Pan-African Reparations Coalition in Europe(PARCOE). On behalf of PARCOE, Esther is a Broadcaster on Britain’s first and only licensed African community radio station,Voice of Africa Radio.
Gabriel Mascaro was born in Recife (Brazil), where he still resides and works. He researches the negotiation of power in its various manifestations. Spanning cinema and the visual arts, his work has been shown at the Guggenheiem, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, MOMA Documentary Fortnight - New York, 32nd Panorama of Brazilian Art - MAM SP, Videobrasil, Athens and the São Paulo Biennale and has been at important film festivals including Locarno, San Sebastian, IDFA, BFI London, IFFR - Rotterdam, CPH: DOX, Oberhausen, Clermont Ferrand, BAFICI, Miami and Indielisboa. www.gabrielmascaro.com
Gillian McIver began making independent films while studying History at university. She co-founded the London-based group Luna Nera, which made a series of large scale art interventions in public spaces (1997 - 2009), and directed the film Postindustrial Baroque (2009) which explores abandoned urban spaces. Her most recent film is Taking Over The King's Land (2013), about Egyptian artist Nazir Tanbouli's project to cover a condemned East London estate with art.
Hamja Ahsan is an artist, cultural producer, curator and civil liberties & human rights campaigner. He is the brother of Talha Ahsan who was recently extradited to a USA Supermax prison - after over 6 years of detention without trial. Hamja leads his national and International campaign with the issues of Extradition law, post-9/11 erosion of civil rights, solitary confinement and internment. He is currently a full-time campaigner, touring the UK with film, literary & speakers tours. Hamja was nominated for a Liberty Human Rights Award 2013 for his civil liberties campaign work and an Alhamra award for excellence in the Arts in 2013. He is working on a book project titled ‘Shy Radicals: AntiSystematic Politics of the Militant Introvert’. www.freetalha.org
Independent Worker Union (Cleaners and Facilities Branch) is an independent union and voluntary association of workers fighting only for the interests of workers. IWGB is not in ‘partnership’ with bosses, held back by bureaucrats or obligated to please establishment politicians. They do not operate like an insurance company providing a service – their members are the union, their representatives are workers. Everyone has a role to play; everyone works together to help one another out. The origin of the organisation is the Latin American Workers Association (LAWAS), which helped with the campaign for Justice for Cleaners and with the T&G union (now Unite the Union). However, after the campaign, many workers didn’t feel represented by the union because it had signed agreements with major companies without the consent of the workers. IWGB was formed to fight ones’ battles for oneself – the philosophy is that the union are workers and not the bureaucracy. In 2012 they organised the first strike in the history of John Lewis. IWGB is controlled from the base up – the branches make decisions and do not have to ask permission – 75% of the contributions remain in the branch.
Jan Lemitz lives and works in Düsseldorf. His work is informed by photographic practice, with a focus on landscape and architecture. As an ongoing project The Registration Machine began during his MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths in 2011 and was further developed during a residency at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais. Recent exhibitions include re-locations with Hal Project at Space Mass in Seoul and Smuggling Anthologies in Idrija.
Jayaraj Sundaresan is a researcher at the London School of Economics and has about 20 years of experience teaching, researching and working on Indian cities and about 8 years as a comparative urbanist based in London. He has also worked in urban economic regeneration and Urban Design policy with local boroughs in London; currently is also part of building a new university in India called Indian Institute for Human Settlements. Jayaraj has a PhD in Human Geography and Urban Planning from the LSE.
Jonathan Hoskins is a visual artist living and working in East London. He is currently undertaking a project with Open School East, Hackney, to support groups and individuals in the area to advance their work by developing ideas for, and then trialling, suitable ‘strategies of archiving’. He has been involved with community and campaign groups for several years, usually around housing.
Juan delGado lives and works in London. He has produced an extensive body of work – combining photography, film, installation, and video, relating to the subjects of displacement and identity. The theme underlying the work is trauma and how this is experienced through violence, abuse and exclusion. His projects have been exhibited widely including at ARCO’05, Madrid, the 2011 Budapest Biennale and the 2013 Istanbul Biennale. He was selected for the 2012 BBC Big Screens programme and in 2013 his project Ringing Forest was shortlisted for the Jerwood Open Forest exhibition.
Karthick RM is a Tamil researcher based in the University of Essex. His research interests include Tamil politics, postcolonialism, identity politics, and Fanonism. He has also written extensively on the Tamil Eelam liberation struggle.
Kehinde Andrews is a senior lecturer in sociology at Birmingham City University. His research specialism is race and racism and he recently published a book Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement (Institute of Education Press).
Leah Cowan studied Anthropology of Development at SOAS. She coordinates the SOAS Detainee Support Group, which supports detainees through visits, and campaigns for an end to immigration detention. Her first play, exploring the perishable nature of Babybels was performed at the Cockpit Theatre in May 2013. Skin Like Butter is her second play.
Lena Mohamed has worked in art and curatorial practice, as well as human rights work. She is committed to decolonialism as a strategy to end white supremacy. She is particularly committed to decolonising museums and galleries as sites of cultural production that systematically exclude people of colour from any and all historical and contemporary narratives.
Les Levidow helped to set up the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) in early 2001. Previously he was involved in other campaigns against criminalisation, e.g. against the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1974, the Italy ’79 Committee, support group for the 1984-85 miners’ strike, the Free Samar and Jawad Campaign, and support for the Zapatistas in Chiapas. He also has opposed the Israeli Occupation through various UK campaigns, e.g. the ‘Return’ petition against the Israeli Law of Return (late 1980s), Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Boycotting Israel Goods (J-BIG), and the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP).
Luwezi Kinshasa is the Secretary General of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) - the organisation that built and leads the Uhuru Movement.
Madelaine Moore is a Director and theatre practitioner specialising in work with marginalised young people, prisoners and vulnerable adults. She is Project Manager at acclaimed youth arts charity, DreamArts, producing and directing their annual West End Musical Theatre Gala performance at The Playhouse Theatre. An alumna of Central School of Speech and Drama’s MA Applied Theatre course, she has worked in a freelance capacity with companies including Old Vic New Voices, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Lyric Hammersmith, Tricycle Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Roundhouse, Only Connect, HMPYOI Feltham and HMP The Mount. Prior to this she completed her acting training at Arts Educational. @chunchilla
Malia Bouattia is the elected NUS Black Students' Officer, she represents over a million students of African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean decent across the UK. She is completing an MPhil in postcolonial theory and language at the University of Birmingham and is the co-founder of the Black Women's Forum UK.
Mark McGowan is The Artist Taxi Driver.
Mexica Movement London Chapter is an organisation that demands the end to the genocide of the full-blood and mixed-blood Nican Tlaca (indigenous) people of Cemanahuac (falsely known as The Americas). Through education and other non-violent assertive actions they plan on bringing liberation to their people and their continent. They are fighting for the return of all that has been stolen from the Nican Tlaca people over the last 500 years through colonialism and genocide. For more information go to www.mexica-movement.org
Movement for Justice By Any Means Necessary was set up in 1995 by people around the Kingsway College Student Union in the London Borough of Camden to tackle racism in institutional and established forms. The group confronted organised fascism as well as death in custody and wider racism to black people as well as travellers, refugees and asylum seekers. They are an integrated, youth-led civil rights movement. Their aim is to uproot racism and sexism from society. They are black, African, Caribbean, South Asian, East Asian, Turkish, Kurdish, South American, Portuguese and other ethnic minority youth and anti-racist white youth who are part of Britain’s multiracial society. Their energy, courage and readiness to speak the truth about injustice can change this society for the better. They are key organisers of anti-deportation protests, abolition of detention centres and UKBA raids. www.movementforjustice.org/
Movimiento Ecuador en el Reino Unido (MERU) - Ecuador Movement in the UK - was founded in 2007 in order to fight for the respect and acknowledgement of ethnic minorities. They believe that intercultural integration is very important and that the government has to do whatever is necessary in order abolish discrimination and racism. www.movimientoecuador.co.uk
Murali Shanmugavelan is in the final year of his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies. His topic is 'Everyday communicative practices of an Arundhathiyar community in Tamil Nadu'. The field site (a discriminated Dalit colony) is an ostracised public space and the people are the most oppressed group (Dalit among Dalits) in Tamil Nadu. His research is about making sense of how structural and personal discriminations influence and shape Arundhathiyars' everyday articulations to survive with dignity. He has 16 years of experience in the field of international development on the use of media and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) including the internet and mobile phones to improve people’s lives.
Nadia Mounier is a digital photographer who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Nadia Studied Applied Arts, Hulwan University and received her BA in 2010. Nadia is a part of different art and reading groups, Ranciere reading group in Cairo, Everyday Egypt photo group, Urbanile photo group and Jadaliya. She has exhibited and participated in residency programs internationally.
Nemequene Aquiminzaque Tundama is an activist based in south London, who has been educating and organising the Nican Tlaca (indigenous) community through various groups for six years. Under the mentorship of Olin Tezcatlipoca, the founder and director of the Mexica Movement, Nemequene together with Awqapuma Yayra Colque started the London Chapter of the Mexica Movement. After completing his degree in social anthropology and history at SOAS, he plans to do a PhD in history. Eventually, he wants to return to his homeland and continue to work towards decolonisation. http://nemequenetundama.blogspot.co.uk/
Obioma Ugoala trained at Drama Centre London. His recent theatre credits include: "Holy Warriors", "Antony and Cleopatra" (Shakespeare’s Globe); "The Jungle Book", "Crime and Punishment" (Glasgow Citizens Theatre); "Neighbors" (Hightide/Nuffield); "The Mouse and his Child" "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Royal Shakespeare Company); "The Physicists" (Donmar Warehouse)
Nisha Kapoor is a lecturer at the University of York, a writer and activist. Her academic work broadly focuses on the relationship between race and the state and specifically examines processes of exclusion and expulsion that have been legitimated, enhanced and progressed in the War on Terror. She has written and campaigned on the extradition of terrorist suspects to the US and is also currently researching citizenship deprivation and mass deportation. She is co-editor of The State of Race.
Rovianne Matovu studied Art History at UCL and has an MA in Museum Education at the Institute of Education, London University. She has worked for the National Gallery since 2004 and also lectures at Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Wallace Collection and The Victoria and Albert Museum with a special interest in the image of the African in Western Art and the connection of the visual arts and slavery.
Olin Tezcatlipoca is an organizer, historian, lecturer, poet, philosopher and founder and director of the Mexica Movement. Mexica Movement is a Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) rights educational organisation founded in Los Angeles, California in 1993 with members and supporters in several cities, including London, England. His research-based reconstructed view of history and colonialism grew out of a need to solve the puzzle of standard Eurocentric-told history, a history that made no sense to anyone who studies an independent view of world history. Standard European-presented history was and is a history that seemed to be missing many pieces. It was illogical and blatantly dismissive of immoral and criminal European behavior in its colonial empire and its dealing with the non-European world. His years of research eventually led him find that missing history that clarified history, that would unravel the lies of European-told history. It led him to find the truth of the history of the Western Hemisphere, and to develop an organisation with which to present that history. All of this led to what eventually became the Mexica Movement. http://mexicamovement.blogspot.co.uk/
On the Record runs oral history projects devised through extensive consultation and shaped by volunteers and participants. Its most recent project is Arming All Sides: The Arms Trade and the First World War, which highlighted the parallels between the arms trade then and now, with a particular focus on opposition to the arms trade during and after the war. Previously, Sounds from the Parkexplored the history and traditions of Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, Britain’s last great open air oratory site. It is a not for profit organisation.
Paul Thomas trained at Drama Studio London. Highlights include: The Miniaturists (Arcola Theatre), Thank Crunchie It's Not Friday (Park Theatre), Bedspread: A Musical (Pensive Federation), The Complete History of the BBC [Abridged] (Edinburgh), The Merchant of Venice (Festival Players), Twelfth Night (Theatre Royal Margate), The Focus Group (Theatre 503), Hamlet (CSF), Lost Soles (Riff Raff), Winter Tales (King's Arms), I'm Fine Thanks (BAFTA nominated), Dark Matters (Royal Television Society award), HSBC (Kevin MacDonald).
Pradnya Garud’s interests lie in reading and following the thoughts of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Phule and Periyar to dismantle the hegemonic nexus between the natural hazards and oppressive social systems. Her body of work involves incorporating essential amendments in the Disaster Management Act 2005, and studying the impacts of Climate Change on the Livelihoods of Dalits in India. Based on her fieldwork in the Philian Cyclone of 2013 in the state of Odisha she wrote an article in Roundtable India calling for an Informed Ambedkar Age and a platform for Dalit Bahujan issues. She is currently working with a Delhi based organisation National Dalit Watch which operates in disaster situations, monitoring caste and gender based discrimination in the processes of rescue, relief and rehabilitation. She has a Bachelors in Biotechnology from the University of Mumbai, Masters in Environmental Sciences from the Institute Of Science, Fort, Mumbai and a Post Graduation Diploma in Disaster Management from Tata Institute of Science, Mumbai
Reynold Reynolds received a BA in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. His work has been shown in numerous biennales including the 4th Berlin Biennale and the 3rd Moscow Biennale and is included in collections such as the MoMA, New York and n.b.k. Berlin. He has shown and received recognition at numerous festivals including an Honorable Mention for the Drowning Room at the Sundance Film Festival.
Saleh Mamon is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Goldsmith Centre of Culture Studies. He has worked as a campaigner for CAMPACC to resist the erosion of civil liberties and violation of human rights by counter-terror laws. His current research interest is evaluating the impact of counter-insurgency policy and practice across the world. He is also interested in the ‘hidden’ history of the so-called Third World. In the mainstream discourse the violent process of colonisation and suppression of resistance by armed force has largely been erased. He believes this needs to be challenged and alternatives explored to reveal the full experience of the colonised peoples.
Sanaz Raji is an international student rights campaigner, activist, and founder of Justice4Sanaz. Prior to her activist work, Sanaz was a published author and writer in the field of the Iranian diaspora and critical race studies and her work was featured in the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, The Guardian, and Tehran Bureau/PBS. The Justice4Sanaz campaign has been featured in the Times Higher Education, Ceasefire Magazine, Yorkshire Evening Post, Yorkshire Standard, and The Morning Star. The campaign has received the support of four university student unions (King's College London, Royal Holloway, Bradford University and Bristol University) in addition to the NUS Black Students' Campaign and Defend Education Birmingham.
Sara Myers(Campaign Lead of Boycott the Human Zoo) is a former Drive Time radio presenter at Newstyle Radio in Birmingham. She is currently a freelance journalist, blogger & Vlogger. Sara is a community activist who challenges racial injustice and racism. Sara’s working background prior to her career in media, was in the social care field as a Domestic Violence Advocate and Domestic Violence Awareness Trainer. Sara is passionate about challenging racial injustice and oppression towards people of colour. www.blackunity.org.uk/
Sasithar Maheswaran is active in the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC-UK).
Shaki Obadina is a Politics student at the University of Hull. She is currently in her last year at university. In the past Shaki was the campaign manager for her student unions Women Committee and was involved in lobbying MP’s on the Robin Hood Tax and against scrapping EMA at parliament. Shaki was on the NUS Black Women’s Sub Committee and NUS Black LGBT+ Working Group. After university she plans to continue her activism whilst focussing on her writing.
Shiraz Durrani graduated from the University of Nairobi and then worked at the University of Nairobi Library until 1984. He was an active member of the then underground December Twelve Movement – now Mwakenya-DTM – in the 1970s and 1980s. Following the publication in The Standard of his articles on Pio Gama Pinto in September 1984, Shiraz had to leave for Britain as a political refugee. Here, he worked at Hackney and Merton public library services before lecturing in Information Services Management at London Metropolitan University. He was active in the London-based Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners in Kenya and was also a founding member of Umoja-Kenya in London. Shiraz has written many articles and addressed conferences on Kenyan history and on the politics of information. His books include “Kimaathi, Mau Mau’s first Prime Minister of Kenya” (1986), “Never be silent: publishing and imperialism in Kenya, 1884-1963” (2006) and “Information and liberation: writings on the politics of information and librarianship” (2008). His latest book is “Progressive librarianship: perspectives from Kenya and Britain” (2014). He is also editing a book on Makhan Singh. Some of his books and other material will be available at
Simon Farid is interested in the relationship between administrative identity and the body it purports to codify and represent. Taking on the role of a hacker or trickster he looks to playfully intervene in the identity-generation process, operating as ‘other people’ and enacting ways to counter emergent institutional identity confirmation mechanisms.
Stef Dickers is the Library and Archives Manager at Bishopsgate Institute and looks after its numerous collections on the history of London, revolution, resistance, anti-racism and humanism. Stefan started at Bishopsgate in 2005 and previous to this he worked in the archives of the London School of Economics and Senate House Library.
Sukh Ojla works extensively with young people and is an associate director at Chinwag Theatre. A recent winner of Monologue Slam at Stratford East Theatre, she also appeared in The Thelmas debut production, Ladylogue! at the Tristan Bates Theatre during this year's Camden Fringe Festival. Theatre credits include Bimla in There’s Something About Simmy, Eve in The Mysteries, and Dame Pliant in The Alchemist. She is currently working on her one-woman show, Settling.
Tajender Sagoo is an artist / weaver and curator of the Pop Samiti project based in London. Her practice uses textiles in a multi disciplinary approach. She has a strong interest in using pattern and colour to investigates the relationships between objects and the ideas that they express in the historical and modern experience.
The Brethren of Black Lotus are a collective based between London and Dhaka, founded out of sorrow at the Massacre in Dhaka, and a hunger for understanding and justice.
The Empty Cages Collective is a group of people who have been imprisoned or engaged in prison-related struggle and prisoner support. As individuals their lives have been dominated and harmed by the prison system. ECC is focused on dismantling the prison industrial complex in the UK. The UK has the most privatised prison system and the largest prison population in Western Europe - without resistance this will only continue to expand. Plans for the first super-prison in Wrexham have been announced. The prison system goes unchallenged and when it does come under scrutiny the very legitimacy of the prison industrial complex rarely gets called into question, instead the focus is shifted onto rehabilitating individuals. Reformist organisations legitimise and perpetuate state and corporate violence of the prison industrial complex.ECC works towards the abolition of prisons and all forms of dominance. www.prisonabolition.org/
The Mexica Movement was founded to educate and organize Nican Tlaca across Cemanahuac ("North and South America"). It uses lectures, protests, events, websites, Youtube, Facebook, and other means to present Nican Tlaca history and identity from a Nican Tlaca perspective, from an authentic non-Eurocentric interpretation. Its goals are to educate Nican Tlaca people on their true history and identity and to guide them towards collective liberation from European colonialism and white supremacy. www.mexica-movement.org/
The Mexica Movement London Chapter is an organisation that demands the end to the genocide of the full-blood and mixed-blood Nican Tlaca (indigenous) people of Cemanahuac (falsely known as The Americas). Through education and other non-violent assertive actions they plan on bringing liberation to their people and their continent. They are fighting for the return of all that has been stolen from the Nican Tlaca people over the last 500 years through colonialism and genocide. For more information go to http://mexicamovementlondon.wordpress.com/
The NUS Black students campaign was formed in 1999 within the National Union of Students, when Black Students and community members stormed and occupied the stage at the NUS national conference because the leadership at the time attempted to block it's existence. It is the most radical wing of the NUS in many ways and functions autonomously. Black self-organisation is key to the work undertaken by the campaign, including decolonising education, international peace and justice, Black representation and anti-racism/Islamophobia.
The Thelmas formed in response to a growing need for the support and development of new female writers. The gender imbalance in British theatre has never seemed more incongruous and so, much like the characters they often help develop, The Thelmas are taking matters into their own hands. They are passionate about seeing more work commissioned which is written by women, and gives voice to the underrepresented.
Founded by Director Madelaine Moore and Actor Rhiannon Story. @TheThelmas
Tobias Janson was born in Göteborg. His first documentary was Nebulosan (2000, for SVT together with Eric M Nilsson), and he has since then been working mostly as editor, producer and film teacher. Before coming to Story as a CEO and producer (a Swedish film company), he worked at the Documentary Film School at Biskops-Arnö and with the production company Skogen Produktion. He was involved in Independent Film Producers Association (OFF), Tempo Documentary Festival and The School of Film Directing (Filmhögskolan), Göteborg University. He produced the film Concerning Violence about Frantz Fanon.
Trenton Oldfield co-founded This Is Not A Gateway and Myrdle Court Press with Deepa Naik in 2007.
Uhuru movement The African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) is the organisation that built and leads the Uhuru Movement. The APSP is committed to the total liberation of Africa and the African people everywhere. www.uhurumovement.org
United Migrant Workers Education Project (UMWEP) is a non-profit organisation under the umbrella and sponsorship of Unite the Union, which promotes Equality and Diversity by attracting as many different minority/ethnic groups as possible. UMWEP started in 2007 in the Unite Building at Holborn with 1 tutor and 10 students and worked within the formal educational structure. Today, they have over 150 students and 25 tutors and assistants working with an informal education structure. UMWEP understands that education for all is a universal human right and not a profitable business as it is seen and exploited by many in the official conventional stream of education. Their project is an alternative proposal for those migrant and vulnerable workers excluded from formal education. UMWEP is entirely based on volunteer tutors who agree with their education concepts and are committed to giving their free time to help others.
Ward LeRoy Churchill is an indigenous author and political activist in America. He was a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder from 1990 to 2007 – until he was unlawfully terminated for his views against the government (ongoing law suit). The primary focus of his work is on the historical treatment of political dissenters and Native Americans by the United States government. His work features controversial and provocative views, written in a direct, often confrontational style. Books include Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement; Cages of Steel: The Politics of Imprisonment in America; Struggle for the Land: Indigenous Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide and Expropriation in Contemporary North America; Struggle for the Land: Native North American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide and Colonization.
WhittyGordon Projects are Fiona Whitty and Jenny Gordon. They are visual artists who work in multiple disciplines such as photography, moving image, mixed media and painting. Our work draws upon many aspects of the human condition; from identity to urban living, diaspora and migration. Selected group exhibitions include, Platform Arts Belfast 2014, UAL Showmotion, curating moving image exhibition at JW3 2014, Notting Hill Arts Club 2013, The Lab Film Festival 2013, Compton Verney Gallery UK 2011,This Is Not A Gateway Festival 2011, White Slab Palace New York 2010, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy 2009 and Irish Museum of Modern Art 2009. www.whittygordon.tumblr.com