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KIN Winter Social: Breaking Bread, Building Bonds

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It’s 2019 and we’re back with delicious food marinated in good vibes and a healthy side portion of politics. We’ve teamed up with the race and equality think tank, the Runnymede Trust and produced a report based on the convening we held last year of over 30 black organisers, campaigners and activists.

The report, which is authored by the iconic Kimberly McIntosh covers a number of themes that emerged during the convening. For a taster, building unity across difference in black communities and the dissemination of organising tools are just a couple of them. Join us as we delve deeper into these long overdue conversations, followed by chilled vibes and socialising.

**This event is a space for people of colour only, in order to create a safe space for solidarity and community, but we invite white allies and comrades to engage with the network outside of this event.**

Being on time = not missing out on the delicious food.

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Kennedy Walker, KIN Founder

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, KIN Founder

Speakers:

Kim McIntosh is a policy officer at the Runnymede Trust and Race on the Agenda, focusing on research, network building, debate and policy engagement. She is also a writer, commentator and columnist for outlets such as gal-dem and the Guardian and Sky News.

Jean Campbell is a trained art therapist and teacher. She practiced for 25 years as an art therapist, supervisor and trainer in mental and physical health settings. A founder member of the Art Therapy Race and Culture group (an activist group within the British Association of Art Therapy for the development of diversity and racism awareness within mental health training and service delivery) she has a number of subject related publications. Completion of a course in arts education, based at Tate Modern in 2006, laid the foundation for ongoing work in the design and delivery of workshops and projects for major arts and heritage organisations. These include The Tate gallery, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, Autograph, The National Maritime Museum, The International Museum of Slavery, Liverpool and The British library. Jean specialises in training and arts based projects related to British enslavement and colonial history and their legacies. She is currently undertaking an MA in Narrative Environments at UCL Central St Martin’s.

Sai Murray is a writer, poet, performance and graphic artist of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage. Sai runs Liquorice Fish artist/activist promotions and is a founding poet facilitator of youth arts and campaigning project Voices that Shake!. In 2018, Sai was a commissioned artist (along with Shake!) for the inaugural Black Cultural Activism Map. In 2015 he was the lead writer on Virtual Migrants’ touring production Continent Chop Chop – a theatrical performance combining poetry, music and digital media that addressed issues of migration, racism, austerity and climate justice. He currently holds positions as: resident poet at Numbi; arts and politics editor of Sable LitMag; artistic director of Scarf magazine; board member of Remember Oluwale; a trustee of The Racial Justice Network; and an organising member of PARCOE (the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe).

Michael Darko is an activist, a co-facilitator and an active member of Freed Voices, a group of experts by experience on detention in the UK, committed to speaking out about the realities of immigration detention. Michael is a participant of Processwork, an awareness-based method of working for facilitating organizations and communities dealing with conflicts, recovery and social change. Michael is studying Counselling at Birkbeck University.

What’s KIN?

KIN is a new initiative aiming to bring activists and organisers together from across the UK to explore the history of national and international social movements, to share organising practise and to contextualise what achieving collective liberation looks like within the UK. Our first 3-day convening of over 30 black organisers took place in August, from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th, in London at the Black Cultural Archives.

Speaker bios:

Kennedy Walker, KIN Founder

Kennedy is a campaigner and writer who has worked on issues ranging from migrant rights to trade justice. Communication and campaign strategy is his jam and in the last couple of years has been delving into the world of housing and land policy.

He has a background in grassroots organising and political education having been involved with groups such as Take Back The City, NEONs Movement Builders, Global Justice Now and more. Kennedy is a democratic socialist who’s particularly interested in the mechanics of social movements, class, race, queerness and inequality.

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, KIN Founder

Ayeisha is a Senior Organiser at the New Economy Organisers Network, and has led on designing and delivering Movement Builders, a national training course for activists and organisers over 2017. She has previously worked on political strategy and campaigns, on peace and dialogue in Israel/Palestine and coordinated campaigns and project around migration.

Ayeisha is a black feminist and centres anti-oppression, decoloniality and intersectionality in her approach to training. She has an MA in Postcolonial Cultural Studies and Global Policy, lives for June Jordan and Octavia Butler, and teaches a Basic Beyonce dance class - all levels welcome!

Kim Mackintosh, Runnymede Trust

Kimberly is Policy Officer at The Runnymede Trust and Race on the Agenda. She looks at the impact of Austerity on BME women, the impact of Brexit on BME communities and the urgent need for a history curriculum that features clearly migration and colonialism.

She writes a column for gal-dem zine, a media collective of women and non-binary people of colour and helps organise Art the Arms Fair, which protests the DSEI biannual arms fair and raises money for Campaign Against the Arms Trade. She has an MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, and loves reading James Baldwin and watching his speeches on repeat.


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