Kennedy Walker, Co-Founder
Kennedy is a campaigner, writer and facilitator who specialises in communications and campaigns strategy. He has worked on issues ranging from trade justice to housing with organisations such as Global Justice Now, Centre for Labour and Social Studies, National Community Land Trust Network and more. He also has a background in grassroots and community organising having co-founded KIN, a black organiser network and was a core member of London-based group, Take Back The City.
Kennedy is an extensively trained and experienced facilitator having worked on programmes such as NEONs Movement Builders, Advocacy Academy and Demand the Impossible. He also regularly works with groups and organisations on campaigns and communications strategy like Land in Our Name, Lesbian and Gays Support the Migrants, Land Justice Network and more. Having acquired a BA in Sociology he then went on to receive an MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice. Kennedy's interests lay within the mechanics of structural oppression, achieving social and economic justice, and queerness
Laura Barker, Participant Support
Laura Barker doesn't wash rice properly, but she makes a good non-slimy okra thing and excellent chips. Her favourite juice is guava, followed by orange (with bits or without). She is a writer and facilitator, and is involved in a tiny transformative justice project, a bigger kind of restorative justice project, a grassroots funding collective, and is co-founder of JuJu Nightschool. She's an Aries Taurus cusp but cuts paper like a Scorpio.
Zahra Dalilah, Co-Founder
Zahra is a black feminist from Lewisham, South East London. She grew up believing herself Leo before being introduced to her truth as a Leo/Cancer cusp. She still calls also herself a writer no matter how sparse the writings are and still calls herself an activist although she has lost a handle on what that means. She has been involved in projects on black british fatherhood, social justice education, land distribution, food justice and anti-gentrification work in London. She also consumes overpriced coffee in recently gentrified areas more often than she would like to admit. Dreaming of a thriving independent media sector and joyful black children make her happy.
Kimberly McIntosh, Researcher
Kimberly is Policy Officer at The Runnymede Trust and Race on the Agenda. She looks at the impact of Austerity on BME women, the impact of Brexit on BME communities and the urgent need for a history curriculum that features clearly migration and colonialism. She writes a column for gal-dem zine, a media collective of women and non-binary people of colour and helps organise Art the Arms Fair, which protests the DSEI biannual arms fair and raises money for Campaign Against the Arms Trade. She has an MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, and loves reading James Baldwin and watching his speeches on repeat.
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, Co-Founder
Ayeisha is a Senior Organiser at the New Economy Organisers Network, and has led on designing and delivering Movement Builders, a national training course for activists and organisers over 2017. She has previously worked on political strategy and campaigns, on peace and dialogue in Israel/Palestine and coordinated campaigns and project around migration. Ayeisha is a black feminist and centres anti-oppression, decoloniality and intersectionality in her approach to training. She has an MA in Postcolonial Cultural Studies and Global Policy, lives for June Jordan and Octavia Butler, and teaches a Basic Beyonce dance class - all levels welcome!
Marsha Garratt, Participant Support
Marsha Garratt set up and manages a charity serving the Black African/Caribbean community in the North East of England with a specialism in youth work. She leads a Pan African school, teaches dances to music from around the world and challenges local and national racial systems of oppression. She is a researcher, lecturer, public speaker and activist countering structural racism, particularly within the criminal justice system and education. Marsha is currently writing a booking focus on how white supremacist systems of oppression have, and continue to manipulate the Black mixed population for the purposes of division.
Sheri Carr, Logisitics Lead
Sheri is an Irish born activist with a passion for training and facilitation. She previously co-founded Brick Lane Debates, an organisation dedicated to breaking down political barriers with accessible, participatory political education. Studying performing arts in her teens, Sheri loves to sing, and recently started singing in an all black womens choir: Nawi Collective.