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 how coloniality shapes Black activism.

Mbuuaraa Kambazembi / Admin Assistant

Mbuuaraa is an aspiring forensic psychologist; undertaking her master’s, who has varied experience of supporting people voice their rights and opinions and access services and resources. Alongside her many roles as a case support worker, clinical support worker, committee member and spokesperson, Mbuuaraa serves as an administration assistant for the Racial Justice Network. She is passionate about addressing and eliminating racial and ethnic inequalities

Grace Deione/ Coordinator -Unlearning Racism Programme

Grace is trainer-organiser based in Calderdale, who was raised in a small northern town, Middlesbrough. With a background in youth work and community development she is passionate about popular education, racial justice and working towards collective action. The programme delivers courses to white-identifying groups seeking to unlearn racism and move into collective action  in accountability to Black and Brown-led movements for racial justice.

Maia Kelly / Coordinator -Unlearning Racism Programme

Maia is a Leeds-based trainer-organiser of Serbian and Irish heritage, working in support of climate and racial justice movements. Both have been organising as part of the Racial Justice Network’s Unlearning Racism Collective since its emergence in 2017. The programme delivers courses to white-identifying groups seeking to unlearn racism and move into collective action in accountability to Black and Brown-led movements for racial justice.

Melany Zarate/Project worker

‘My name is Melany Zarate, I am currently 23 years old. I was born in Colombia, a magical country with a lot of ancestral wisdom hidden in between the flowers and forests. Here in Leeds, I am a Neuroscience student, but also a Reiki Master. My wish is to always be able to share kind moments and help empower communities with the aim of dismantling the ignorance we inherited so that we may create a brighter and fairer future for all.’ 

Sarai Pinney/Communications worker

Sarai is a Leeds-based creative director and fashion stylist who is heavily influenced by knowledge of Black history and academia to creatively produce their work. Alongside being a creative, Sarai has previous experience in creating spaces for Black queer people, discussing issues in the Black community, and also pushing for equality and diversity within the creative and beauty industry.’

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.

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.

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), running a monthly show on race matters. Maureen has been actively working with communities in West Yorkshire to challenge discrimination and create a strong base from which to exercise their rights.

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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!.

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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

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