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Trump, Brexit and Beyond: introducing our speakers

Friday 03-03-2017 - 16:55

Ahead of our ‘Trump, Brexit and Beyond’ summit on Sunday 12 March, we take a look at the high-profile speakers, campaigners and panellists confirmed for the event, who will explore how the student movement and our communities can come together to tackle hate crime in our society.


Plenary Liberate Education – No Barriers or Borders 


Sally Hunt is the General Secretary of the University and College Union. She has been involved in trade unions for over 15 years and held her current position since 2007.

Kevin Courtney is the General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers. Kevin first joined NUT when teaching Physics at Camden School for Girls, and served ten years as General Secretary at Camden NUT.

Waqar Hussain is a part of ETS/TOIEC Victims UK. Some International Students have to submit evidence of being able to speak an ‘appropriate’ level of English to obtain a visa. In 2014 it was revealed that fraudulent activity had taken place at test centres. The group aims to support and fight for the rights of students effected by this.

Mostafa Rajaai is the International Students Officer at NUS. Mostafa came to the UK from Iran in 2009 to study Art and then held the position of Culture and Diversity officer at SUArts, the University of Arts London Student Union.


Tools for tackling hate crime


Alina Muller is the Policy Officer at Migrants’ Rights Network. Her background lies in research and activism in International Relations and Development, and her work explores how storytelling and narrative can drive change.

Nigel Harris is Director of Camden LGBT Forum.

Mark Healey is a hate crime campaigner in London. In 2009 he founded the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime campaign and established the National Hate Crime Awareness week in 2012, which are just two examples of his tireless work.


Organising practical migrant solidarity


Toto is a part of the Dunkirk Legal Support Team. They are a group of volunteers that provides social support to those on La Linière camp, as a link between camp residents and legal associations. They support a range of issues from missing persons, asylum and immigration enquiries, domestic violence, and much more.

Antonia Bright is an organiser in the Movement for Justice, playing a leading role in organising the biggest ever protests at Yarl's Wood detention centre. MFJ is building leaders of a new independent youth-led civil and immigrant rights movement, speaking the truth about racism.

Mauni Jalali is a member of SOAS Detainee Support Group

 


Tackling antisemitism


Josh Nagli is the Campaigns Director at Union of Jewish Students (UJS) that represents over 8,500 Jewish students across the UK and Ireland. He works on campaigns to get student activists involved to make campuses a better place for Jewish students.


Institutional Racism in Education


Paul Gilroy is a professor of American and English literature at King's College London, and author of There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack.

Gargi Bhattacharyya is Professor of Sociology at the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London and a trade union activist. Her research areas include 'race' and racism; sexualities; global cultures; the 'War on Terror', and, increasingly austerity and racial capitalism.

Adam Elliott-Cooper is a researcher in the Department of Geography and Urban Planning at Kings College London. He previously worked on the Why Is My Curriculum White? And Rhodes Must Fall campaigns.

Hannah Dualeh is the Equality, Liberation and Access Officer at Bristol Students’ Union and is the NEC Second place for Welfare Zone. She was involved in the Why Is My Curriculum White? Campaign and works for equal opportunities for unrepresented marginalised students, and removing oppressive barriers for students.


Women’s rights – building an intersectional movement


Hareem Ghani is a women's rights campaigner and NUS UK Women's Officer.

Rachel Watters is a reproductive rights activist at Alliance4Choice in Northern Ireland.

Cinzia Arruzza is an assistant Professor of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York and is also a feminist and social activist. She has been working toward the Women’s strike on International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March.


Organising against Islamophobia


Samayya Afzal is a Biomedical science graduate. She spent two years as Women’s & Campaigns Officer at the University of Bradford Students’ Union and elected member of NEC under Society and Citizenship remit. She is also the co-founder of the #StudentsNotSuspects campaign.

Miqdaad Versi is an independent management consultant by profession. He is also the Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain and a contributor to opinion sections of the Guardian (CiF) and the Independent (Voices).

Yasser Louati is a French human rights and civil liberties activist. His work focuses on Islamophobia, national security policies and social justice for minorities.


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Minda Burgos-Lukes is an activist and expert in Liberation and identity politics with 13 years’ experience in the student movement. She is currently Head of Liberation at NUS.


A movement to stop Trump – Organising strategies

Cazembe Murphy Jackson is a Black, Southern, Queer, trans organiser. He is a community organiser and member leader with Black Lives Matter-Atlanta where he works to end state sanctioned violence against Black people and to build Black power through organising. 

Joe Wolfreys is a student at Woodhouse College and part of FE Students Against Trump

Naa Acquah is the General Secretary of Manchester Students Union


Trump, Brexit and beyond - Building bridges, not walls

Cazembe Murphy Jackson is a Black, Southern, Queer, trans organiser. He is a community organiser and member leader with Black Lives Matter-Atlanta where he works to end state sanctioned violence against Black people and to build Black power through organising. 

Yasser Louati is a French human rights and civil liberties activist. His work focuses on Islamophobia, national security policies and social justice for minorities.

Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for The Guardian and has covered the United States for 12 years. His most recent book, Another Day in the Death of America, was published last September and has won many awards for his writing.

Malia Bouattia is the President of the National Union of Students. She is the first Black Muslim woman to hold the post and has campaigned for an injection of Liberation at the heart of student activism and politics.


‘Trump, Brexit and Beyond’ takes place at SOAS, London on Sunday 12 March. This event is free to attend and open to students and non-students. More information can be found online here.


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