The Young Humanists UK, the Association of Black Humanists, and the Central London Humanists charities are working together to host a virtual event, exploring the presence of racism in the UK.
The event, which comes off the back of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis this May (and the revival to anti-racism campaigning that has been sparked by this) — will take place virtually.
Time and place
The event will take place via Zoom call, on 27/06/2020.
It will begin at 16:00 and is set to finish at 18:00 British Summer Time.
How do I join?
If you wish to join the event, you must register via Eventbrite, by following the below link:
Once you have registered, you will be given details before the Zoom call is set to begin. These will be emailed to the email address you register with.
Please note that registration is necessary if you want to attend the event.
The event will cover several topics related to the subjects of racism, discrimination and racial inequality in the UK.
Speakers will cover topics such as police brutality — in the UK and overseas –, UK detention centres, and institutional racism.
A spoken word recital will also be included in the event.
Speakers will include:
- Anita Sharma — “joined INQUEST as a caseworker in October 2010, her interest in human rights and social justice led her to work as a legal advisor at the Coventry Law Centre for six years, while also volunteering at a women’s refuge. Anita then spent some time travelling before working as a special educational needs teaching assistant in a secondary school. Prior to joining INQUEST, Anita worked at Refugee and Migrant Justice for ten years as a caseworker and team leader, supporting clients through the asylum process.”
- Frederick Habtemarian — “a human rights lawyer, and has worked at the Refugee Legal Centre, and Refugee and Migrant Justice, for 10 years. He continues to work as an immigration lawyer with a passion for social justice.”
- Lola Tinubu — “worked as a lawyer at the Refugee Legal Centre, and Refugee and Migrant Justice, for nearly 10 years. She has worked as an immigration human rights lawyer for almost 20 years. She co-founded the Association of Black Humanists.”
- Clive Aruede — “a former Eucharistic Minister in the Roman Catholic Church, he left the RC Church because whilst doing research to answer the question “what is science?”, he kept finding that the religious narrative (for which there was no evidence) was consistently undermined by scientific explanations of the world (backed by overwhelming evidence). He chose to follow science and abandoned religion. He later joined the British Humanist Association (now Humanists UK) and soon after, together with three friends, founded the Association of Black Humanists.”
- Alavari Jeevathol — “a volunteer interfaith community activist working with Central London Humanists, Young Humanists, and Faiths United Youth Network. He was born in India, and had an upbringing that touched upon mystical, spiritual, and rational world views. He freely chose to be non-religious as a child, and is now based in London, keenly interested in studying and raising awareness about all kinds of belief and value systems, in the context of spiritual love, inter-group dialogue, and social justice.”
- Elewisa Mwhamadu Kuusi — “a British-born writer, playwright, actor and spoken word artist. Being of Jamaican parentage and born into Islam has given Elewisa a niche yet broad and ever-broadening perspective on life and a yearning to expose the flaws, discrepancies and lies of mainstream paradigms. While his works do not adhere to any particular genre, he does like to tell stories and messages that would normally be ignored or left unknown. Leaving Islam in 2013 and identifying as atheist since 2019 has made his truth-seeking disposition all the stronger. He is published in the anthology “100 Years Unheard” (2018), has written and performed in his own stage play “Love Hurts” (2016-17), has lectured on the subject “What is a Man? What is a Black Man?” for the Association of Black Humanists (2018) and West London Humanists (2019), and has performed in various stage plays throughout London since 2012.”
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