Reparations & the Climate Justice movement: A conversation with Esther Stanford-Xosei

RJN’s Race & Climate Justice group is excited to announce it’s upcoming open session with patron Esther Stanford-Xosei on Thursday 27th May from 6-7:30PM

We’re honoured to be joined by patron Esther Stanford-Xosei, Reparationist, Jurisconsult, Community Advocate, Educator and emerging Ourstorian of the International Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations. 

Join us for a conversation on why reparations need to be at the heart of any climate justice demands and how our organising can reflect this. We’ll also be talking about next steps around a reparations movement in Leeds and how you can get involved!

This event will be held online and links to the event can be found below.

When: 27th May 2021

Where: Online

Time: 18:00 – 19:30

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.

If you have any access needs, technical difficulties or questions around the event please email info[at]racialjusticnetwork.co.uk

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