RJN Patron Statement from Esther Stanford-Xosei

Esther group photo at RJN Reparations Course
It is a great honour and responsibility to have been invited to be a patron for the Racial Justice Network. In times such as these when there is an intensification of European initiated resource conflicts and wars against Peoples, Nations and Continents of the Global South, materialism, eco-fascism and militarism, there is a need, now more than ever, for all people of conscience who consider themselves to be progressives and/or allies for reparatory focused Racial Justice to join our efforts in taking courageous action to eradicate the triple evils of war, white supremacy racism and militarism as well as resisting the plunder, pollution and depletion of Mother Earth’s shared resources for Humanity and the monopoly of wealth for the few at the expense of the many. In my experience, history is best qualified to reward our research in identifying that this has always been most effectively done through linking our allied movements for progressive social change and transformation.
As a newly-appointed patron of the Racial Justice Network, I am keen to offer guidance in the areas of my experience and expertise of countering Anti-Black Racisms in general and the specific manifestation of Afriphobia in particular. In addition, I aim to support existing and future RJN programmes and initiatives which seek to join with other social movement groups, organisations and communities of resistance who are individually and collectively struggling to stop the harms of what Afrikan Heritage Communities refer to as the Maangamizi of Ecocide and Genocide in the process of repairing, remaking and renewing our World; thereby making it more beneficial and beautiful than before.

In Dedicated Service, Esther Stanford-Xosei

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Esther Stanford-Xosei is a Jurisconsult, dynamic Pan-Afrikanist community advocate, specialising in the critical legal praxis of ‘law as resistance’ and Reparationist. Brought into this world by parents who were born in the Caribbean, (Guyana & Barbados), yet retained their genetic and cultural memory of Afrika, Esther’s activism has sought to re-member the genetic, geo-political and historical between Diaspora communities of resistance and their ancestral Motherland, Afrika.

As a ‘new abolitionist’, Esther serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE). She is also the co-initiator of the Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/ Ecocide! Petition and Campaign (SMWeCGEC) which is championing the establishment of the All-Party Parliamentary Commissions of Inquiry for Truth & Reparatory Justice at the levels of the Westminster and European Parliaments. The SMWeCGEC is the official partner of the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee (AEDRMC) which organises the annual 1st August Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March in London; of which Esther is the official spokesperson.
In addition, Esther is an active organiser as part of Extinction Rebellion (XR) where she and her colleagues in the SMWeCGEC have been championing the need for policymaking on ‘Planet Repairs’ embracing Reparations as part of the remit of Citizens and Peoples Assemblies on Climate and Ecological Justice. In this regard, she co-founded the Extinction Rebellion Internationalist Solidarity Network (XRISN) which supports and amplifies the reparatory justice resistance of activists and their communities of resistance on the frontline of the global climate and ecological crisis.
As an historically conscious community-based educator dedicated to emancipatory education for liberation and self-reliance, Esther chairs the Maangamizi Educational Trust which educates and conscientizes the public about the Maangamizi (Afrikan Hellacaust), its causes, contemporary impacts and redress. In addition, Esther is a co-founder and co-facilitator of the International Network of Scholars & Activists for Afrikan Reparations (INOSAAR) established in 2017. As a result of her community engaged reparations scholar-activism, Esther is currently completing PhD action research at the University of Chichester on the history of the UK contingent of the International Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations (ISMAR).
Esther has recently become a patron of the Racial Justice Network and serves as a trustee of the Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust which provides supported housing to young homeless women aged 16-25.

Published by Sai Murray

Poet, writer, graphic artist of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage. Trustee @racejustice Creative director @liquorice_fish Founding artistic director @voicesthatshake Artist @VirtualMigrants Organising member @ParcoeInfo

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