Race and Climate justice meets the fashion industry.

We expanded our horizons to connect and collaborate with Leeds’ fashion community. At the start of this year, we collaborated with Leeds RAG- a student-led fundraising society (part of the Leeds University Union). The collaboration included talks from members of our team where we discussed the work we adhere to whilst exploring the interconnections RaceContinue reading “Race and Climate justice meets the fashion industry.”

This African activist is upset. Really upset.

Waking up to the news and image of Field Marshall Muthoni Kirima having her locks cut by Mama Ngina wa Kenyatta, I could not believe my eyes, hot tears fell. They were tears of anger too. As a person who proudly wears her locks, they are a huge part of my identity. This felt like a huge grievance and a grave injustice.

Track and Trace: Police and the Criminalisation of the Marginalised

by Racial Justice Network and Yorkshire Resist Police will now be able to access Track and Trace information on people instructed to self-isolate. Those who fail to self-isolate face fines between £1,000 to £10,000. This latest government action will have a disproportionate impact on Black and Brown communities and those from lower income backgrounds (inContinue reading “Track and Trace: Police and the Criminalisation of the Marginalised”

Black Absencing: The Work of UK Academia

By an anonymous Black PhD student In my first year of the PhD, a Black British friend also pursuing her PhD warned me that for a Black person, life in the UK (and UK academic life in particular) is a ‘death by a thousand cuts.’ Over the past few years, these cuts have been painfulContinue reading “Black Absencing: The Work of UK Academia”

Corbyn Is Right – British History Lessons Need An Overhaul

LABOUR LEADER Jeremy Corbyn has argued that British history lessons need to be rewritten to recognise the devastating impact the Empire has had on its former colonies and across the world. This call places him in direct opposition to the Conservative position that has shaped the current curriculum over the past few years. Under educationContinue reading “Corbyn Is Right – British History Lessons Need An Overhaul”

Reducing ‘Drop-Out’ Rates for Black Students Means Institutional Transformation, Not Individual Support

Earlier this year the government urged universities to reduce the ‘drop-out’ rates of Black students. With Black students 50% more likely to drop out than their peers, the universities minister Jo Johnson argued that “there needs to be much greater support” for ‘BME’ students. Yet this seems little more than rhetoric, and reflects only aContinue reading “Reducing ‘Drop-Out’ Rates for Black Students Means Institutional Transformation, Not Individual Support”

RESIST REMEMBER REPAIR! RJN DECOLONISING EDUCATION KENYA 2020

Update and summary from decolonial work earlier this year.. January 2020 saw a collaboration between The Racial Justice Network, Kenyan activists and artivists, the University of Nairobi, African Digital Media Institute and the University of Manchester. Together they curated a programme of events focusing on the decolonisation of education and activisms.This programme seeks to bring a rangeContinue reading “RESIST REMEMBER REPAIR! RJN DECOLONISING EDUCATION KENYA 2020”

Principles for decolonial practice

To resist the ways in which colonial education separates the body from the mind To disavow the illusion of ‘objectivity’ and ‘rationality’ that dominates colonial forms of education. Instead, we endeavour to embrace and reengage with our emotions, and to support others to engage with their emotions too.     To change the whole curriculum of ourContinue reading “Principles for decolonial practice”