Left Field Debates with Reni Eddo-Lodge, Black Liberation Collective, Sue Marsh & Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum
Saturday 27th June, 2015: 12 - 1pm
Chaired by Reni Eddo-Lodge, join our kick ass panel of women to discuss some of the issues facing self-identified women today and how these struggles and fight backs interact. The ferminist movement isn't going anywhere - so let's figure out how to make sure everyone is a part of it.
Reni Eddo-Lodge (chair) is an award winning journalist and writer focusing on race and social justice. Her work can be found at The Voice Newspaper, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Open Democracy, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Vice, the New Humanist others. Her first book, 'Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race', is due out in early
Sarah Day from the Black Liberation Collective is an East London based political activist who has campaigned around social housing with Focus E15, with UK Uncut and more recently with Black Dissidents. This new group seeks to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms while acknowledging the need for intersectional action. This means, for example, understanding and combating the connection between police and state violence and violence against women.
Shanice McBean is a socialist activist who campaigns around issues of class, race, gender and sexuality. She is a member of feminist direct action group Sisters Uncut that campaigns against cuts to domestic violence services. She is also a member of new black activist group, Black Dissidents.
Sue Marsh campaigns to raise awareness of hidden disabilities and long term illness. A sufferer of severe Crohn's Disease for nearly three decades, Sue set up the blog Diary of a Benefit Scrounger to raise awareness of life with a chronic illness and to write about the realities - good and bad - of NHS treatment in the UK. Sue is married with two small children and set up The Spartacus Network which in 2012 launched the "Spartacus Report" where disabled activists used #spartacusreport "Twitter Storm" to help inflict 11 welfare reform defeats on the government in the Lords.
Zrinka Bralo is CEO of Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum, social justice, self-help, organising platform for migrants and refugees campaigning for their rights. Zrinka is a refugee from Sarajevo, where she was a journalist and where she worked with leading war correspondents during the siege in the 90's. She is a founder of Women on the Move Awards that celebrates achievement of migrant and refugee women and winner of the 2011 Voices of Courage Award by the Women's Refugee Commission in New York. She successfully campaign to end immigration detention of children in 2010 and is currently campaign to end indefinite immigration detention.