Our Team

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Penny Wangari-Jones / Director

Peninah Wangari-Jones is an anti-racist activist, organiser and Director at the Racial Justice Network. With a focus on Coloniality, social justice, race equality &equity and marginalised communities. Interests include migration, intersections, building power and movements. She is also undertaking a PhD at University of Manchester on impact of colonially on Black activism.

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Sai Murray / Trustee

Sai Murray is a writer, poet, graphic artist of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage. He is a member of Virtual Migrants, organising member of PARCOE (Pan Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe) and a founding artistic director of youth arts campaigning programme Voices That Shake!.

Jannat Hossain / Trustee

Jannat is a campaigner and organiser who has worked across civil society on environmental, anti-racist and economic justice campaigns with both large NGOs and small grassroots groups. She currently works in philanthropy, supporting civil society to use the law to achieve social change. Jannat also sits on the boards of Jubilee Debt Campaign and the City Bridge Trust. 

Laura Loyola-Hernández / Trustee

Laura Loyola-Hernández (she/her) is a Mexican feminist geographer based at the University of Leeds. She is a trade union, anti-racist migrant activist who co-lead the UCU (British trade union in further and higher education)  campaign to establish UCU Migrant Members Committee to address hostile environment policies in education. Laura has been involved in RJN and Yorkshire Resist since 2019.

Maureen Grant / Trustee

Maureen Grant is a community activist who has lived in Bradford since the 1980s. She is now retired but has extensive experience in education and working on tackling racial justice issues. Maureen is currently a volunteer presenter at the community radio station, Bradford Community Broadcasting (BCB). She also produces and presents her own monthly radio programme, Race Matters. For many years Maureen has been active in working with communities in West Yorkshire to challenge discrimination and create a strong base from which to exercise their rights. In her spare time,  Maureen enjoys reading, cooking, walking and socialising with friends and family.

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Sipilien Birani / Trustee

Birani is an advocate for people seeking asylum and issues relating to migration, destitution, poverty, the hostile environment. With previous employment history in banking, Birani also supports Zimbabwean human rights group, Leeds Unity, Yorkshire Resists and also a trustee at Pathras.

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Eve Doran / Project Officer

Eve is a trained Sociology and Psychology teacher of Irish/Antiguan heritage currently completing an MA in Race, Education and Decolonial Thought. Raised and educated in Ireland, having spent a number of years travelling and working in mental health and youth work, she moved to the North of England to pursue a career in Education. Interests include Black literature, contemporary Black art and critical pedagogy.

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Sharon Anyiam / Project Officer

Sharon is an anti-racist organiser who has been a member of RJN since 2018 and has helped facilitate various local and international community engagements. Her passion for social justice also motivates her research interest, thus she is also a PhD researcher exploring Black millennials, criminalisation and resistance and lectures part-time.

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Liz Taylor-Johnson / Communications Officer

Liz is a writer, anti-racist activist and holds a BA in Communications and Media. She is of British/Kittian/Portuguese heritage, and the founding director of The ‘Other’ Magazine, an online platform celebrating the muted voice of those marginalised for their ‘otherness’. Interests include challenging mental health norms within black & brown communities, Black Literature, and also challenging Black representations in film & TV.

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Farzana Khan / Advisor

Farzana Khan is a cultural producer and an award-winning arts educator. She is the Exec Director and co-founder of Healing Justice London, building community repair and self-transformation models based on non-eurocentric methods for communities of colour.

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Esther Stanford-Xosei / Patron

Esther Stanford-Xosei is a Jurisconsult, dynamic Pan-Afrikanist community advocate, specialising in the critical legal praxis of ‘law as resistance’ and Reparationist.

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Lowkey / Patron