Akli Afrkan

I am Akli. I arrived to the UK almost 4 years ago and had to go through the asylum system and experience the hostile environment first-hand. I have taken part in many initiatives aimed at getting more refugees and asylum seekers and other people with precarious immigration status to be the ones at the centre of the discussion about migrants. Currently I co-run a focus group for asxlum seekers and refugees to talk about our experiences and empower each other. I believe that the hostile environment won't end until we are at the centre of the conversation about migration.

Jax Blue

Neuro-diverse N.B/Q single parent with mix-dis+Ability. LGBTQIA inclusive feminist, activist, campaigner, peer advocate & Survivor ambassador across media & APPG's for the Domestic Abuse Bill. I have passionately campaigned for; Safe Escape, Housing & Refuge Funding for Survivors of abuse, Ending CPS hostile policy, Mental Health Care & Advocacy For Survivors, End 'tampon tax', Ending hostile state; NRPF & detention centres, Equal Pay, Affordable Childcare, LGBTQIA, Migrant, POC/BAME &R, mix-dis+Ability Human Rights, Respect for our Identities and Equality in our Differences.

Jodie Beck

I'm Jodie! I am passionate about ending imprisonment in all its forms and working towards a new system of justice that works for everyone. I currently work part time in the Campaigns team at Women in Prison and am due to begin an MSc alongside this in Criminal Justice Policy at LSE. Alongside this, I volunteer as a Young Adult Advisor on the Criminal Justice System with Leaders Unlocked, helping to run user voice workshops in prisons and community settings. I also volunteer as a Family Befriender at PACT.

Jwan Othman

I am Jwan from Kurdistan. Currently, I am a PhD research student in Sheffield Hallam University. My main interest is in environmental campaigning, specifically in wildlife conservation. My ambition is to develop and implement a framework for the protection of wildlife and natural habitats in my home country. My approach to wildlife conservation is from a social science perspective, through education and cultural change to bring a shift in behaviour. For my research to be of benefit, I must focus on campaigning, as I believe ecological change must come from the people.

Lolo Brookes-Jones

My name is Lois from Cheshire. As a Romani individual I work within GRT (Gypsy Roma Traveller) Rights. I work with Traveller Pride in providing support and representation of LGBT+ GRT people, a creation by the community for the community, representing a wide variety of the GRT community including: Irish Travellers, Bhajees, Showmen, Roma, and British Romanichals.

Maria Madejska

I am Maria, from Warsaw (Poland). I have been involved in activism for few years now, including urban, climate and social justice activism. Now I work in Akcja Demokracja, where I campaigning on various topics, like climate, anti-facism or go-out-the-vote campaign. I am a cheerful person, I learn fast and get very enthusiastic about things.

Marya Ali

Hi! I'm Marya and I'm from a small city called Peterborough. My background is primarily youth work, working with young people of diverse backgrounds, ages and levels of opportunities. I wish to create an overall shift in the opportunities for disadvantaged young people in my home-city. Peterborough is now one of five cities receiving national government support around integration, so this is a crucial time for voices to be heard about what services and opportunities should be available to young people. The end goal is to work towards creating meaningful and sustainable change.

Medina Mukhayer

I am a mature student in Design at Goldsmith's University, that believes in the power of community effort, creativity and cultural knowledge as means of subverting injustices and reinstating people with the agency to enrich their lives. With experience in campaigning on projects such as reclaiming a local playground from housing association's sales list, and working with children inflicted by the Grenfell fire to produce a play to express their concerns with a Brexit theme.

Muzna Alnaib

Muzna Al-Naib is a Syrian activist and artist. She lived in Damascus during the revolution and was involved in peaceful activism on the ground. Since coming to the UK in 2014, Muzna has been advocating for the protection of civilians in Syria and for the freedom of all those who have been forcibly disappeared. She has an MA in Media and International Development. Muzna is a partner at Superpower Partners, a non-profit that specializes in the art of activism.

Naomi Okonjo

I am Naè, a black LGBTQI+ asylum seeker from Nigeria,who is very passionate about campaigning/raising awareness on issues important to me: I believe in the power & potential of educating a woman.Campaigning for a better life &future for the girl child is my focus.As a survivor,creating safe platforms for other survivors of sexual violence to speak out,support each other &engage back to society.Ill-treatment of asylum seekers,notably the LGBTQI+ who constantly face discrimination,a hostile environment &the culture of disbelief.Fair treatment,improved living &reform of the UK immigration system.

Rebecca Churchill

I'm Rebecca, and I work with young people with lived experience to fight mental health discrimination as part of my role at Time to Change. I strongly believe that everyone should have access to timely, free, high quality mental health treatment, and am interested in strengthening support networks to challenge social isolation and loneliness. In a personal capacity I care about healthy relationships education, and elevating young people's voices.

Roseanne Steffen

I am a campaigner in the Youth Strike for Climate Brighton team, currently preparing for the global climate strike. I work as a youth worker with disabled young people and am particularly interested in youth empowerment in relation to the climate crisis.

Rui Jin

I am working to set up a community cinema which aims to promote cultural representation and tackle social isolation. I am also working on a campaign to promote organ donation awareness among the BAME community.

Ruvi Mutyambizi

So, I am a Human Rights and Legal Studies LLM student. I am interested in the issue of refugee adoption vs kinship rights. I am a voluntary Children's Champion for UNICEF. I am also building a campaign about refugee adoption. So far I have done campaign advocacy for refugee mother's and this is ongoing work. Finally I recently joined the trustee group for WASDEV, a relatively new organisation with women action for sustainable development in mind.

Samah Bushra Ahmed

I work in the social sector supporting / advocating for vulnerable groups in the community. I worked in the refugee field for several years in charities, local government, and I volunteer. I am originally from Sudan. I studied Social Science and later on I studied International Development. I am a founder and director for a small community interest organisation that works for refugees in UK and overseas. I am also a freelance writer and trainer. I am advocate by nature, this makes me glad that I have this skill to make positive change in the lives of people who need advocacy.

Shaira Begum

I campaign for social justice and climate justice issues and believe that the two go hand in hand. My campaigning looks at the intersectionality of the relationships between climate and gender equality and all the complexities. I currently work with the Women's Environmental Network as a Coordinator. I have also been campaigning with My Fair London and the Equality Trust, working on putting an equality manifesto together ahead of the upcoming elections. I am a member of the Ella Baker School of Community Organizing and am a graduate from the Training on Transformation UK programme.

Sharifa James

I'm an activist for marginalised voices in the community, that's where my passion lies. I'm one of the Co-founders of Kiki Bristol, a LGBTQ+ people of colour social group. I'm also work for Gloucestershire Football Association as their inclusion and diversity board. I'm a panel member for Bristol city council as the BAME LGBTQ+ representative. I support Queer sports and trying to set up a Queer, trans and non binary football session and gym in the city. For my full time job I work with LGBT+ over 50s, working around isolation loneliness and training staff in Bristol to work with older LGBT+.

Shauna Lacy

I am the Campaign and Youth Engagement Officer at an organisation called Savera UK. Savera UK supports those at risk of honour based abuse and harmful practices and also campaigns to eradicate harmful traditions such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation. I am passionate about empowering young people to speak out about these issues as well as giving them a platform to lead on issues that concern them. I believe that culture is beautiful and should be celebrated, but we have to campaign to put an end to cultural practices that violate basic human rights.

Sophia Alexandra Hall

Hey! My name’s Sophia and I’m a Care Leaver. A care leaver is anyone who has spent time in the UK’s care system as a child. Last year, I became the first person from a foster care background to graduate from my college at the University of Oxford. It was then I decided to set up a YouTube channel offering advice on how to navigate the foster care system; thus CareLeaverSophia was born! Since starting my channel, I’ve spoken at multiple conferences, been featured in the Guardian and the Big Issue, won awards from two fostering organisations, and attended the Queen’s Garden party.

Tessa

I’m Tessa, a queer, feminist, anti-border abolitionist, campaigning to put an end to immigration detention and borders. As member of the visiting group SOAS Detainee Support (SDS) and a person of Chinese descent, I have worked closely with Chinese-speaking people affected by the UK’s racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, transphobic border regimes, and hope to encourage more people within Chinese-speaking communities to get involved in campaigning and show solidarity with our siblings, and all people, in immigration detention.

Toyin Jimoh

I am a freelance photographer/filmmaker. I am passionate about women; I am a feminist. I will like to use my campaign to fight for equality amongst women, people of colour and childhood sexual abuse. I am particularly drawn towards refugees and asylum seekers, finding ways to use my skills in filmmaking through the media to portray the harsh living conditions they are subjected to.

Viv Gordon

I am a theatre maker/arts & mental health campaigner/survivor activist. I make work that creatively articulates trauma narratives based on my lived experience as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, to forge survivor voice, visibility & community & agitate for change. I campaign for access & inclusion for artists/audiences with mental health needs in the arts sector, curating events & offering mentoring/consultancy . I am currently piloting a research project to develop trauma informed dentistry and making new work to draw attention to the statistic of 11 million adults survivors in the UK.

Zain Hafeez

I am Zain, currently completing a degree in Philosophy and Global Studies. I campaign for marginalised groups including asylum seekers and refugees. I aim to give the minorities in our society a platform where they have a voice for themselves. I have first hand experiences of the injustice and the inadequacies of our judicial system and the obstacles asylum seekers and refugees go through. I also campaign for access to higher education, right to employment and aim to raise awareness of the psychological implications the asylum process have which doesn't get enough attention it requires.

Adam Pugh

I am a father, an ex police officer turned policing critic, an agitator, an abolitionist and a mental health advocate. My campaigning is primarily focused around issues of institutional racism within the police, police brutality, deaths in custody, stop and search, knife crime, and state violence, but also racism more broadly. I am a writer, speaker, and educator offering a critical analysis of whiteness in Britain. I have a passion for reimagining justice and using my privilege and platform to amplify and empower marginalised voices that are often silenced.

Ajuub Faraji

I'm a London based activist seeking to make change regarding youth mental health both systemically and culturally. I co-founded the campaign CrazyTalk, a youth led radical mental health campaign which seeks to address issues such as poor training, hostile environments and long waiting lists within the schools/universities as well as the healthcare system. I believe that the only solution to the mental health crisis is to change the entire system whilst encouraging more open discussion within different communities. I am also involved in several climate change and affordable housing campaigns.

Azariah Bhatti

Hey Aza or Chris here, a Grassroots activist, trying to provide better housing solutions for rough sleepers in Luton with a non-profit organisation called Keystage Housing. Keystage has been funded with the somewhere safe to stay initiative and we are really passionate to help individuals move on to permanent housing solutions. I have previously campaigned with Warwick Anti Racism Society, and would like to focus more on the politics of Asylum. My main motivation is true Liberation, by dismantling the systems which judge living beings' worth through the canon of economic value surplus.

Anna Powell-Smith

I'm Anna! I'm the founder of Missing Numbers, a project about the data the government does not collect. My background is as a web developer and data scientist. I've previously worked on multiple projects investigating land ownership, and I'm an advisor to Tax Justice UK. I'm also interested in building inclusive organisations, and how campaigns use technology.

Bonny Turner

I'm Eurasian-Australian, moved to London in 2004, and now a peer counselling skills trainer for an NHS-funded project. After countless experiences of sexual harassment and assault since childhood (often racialised), several rapes, and unsuccessful attempts to get justice in Australia, Norway and the UK, I commenced campaigning in May 2019 to raise awareness of how victims of rape are being failed by our social infrastructures, and not just by the so-called justice system. Destigmatising victimhood and normalising conversations about male sexual violence and trauma are central to my campaigning

Christine Acaye

I am a Law graduate and a very passionate human rights activist. Currently I am focusing most of my energy into highlighting the continuous exploitation and maltreatment of well educated and capable refugees by various organisations and employers.I believe there is a great number refugees that I would prefer to term as 'forced migrants', that have been 'conditioned' instead of being supported to progress and develop.I want to see in the near future many 'forced migrants' getting well deserved & equal opportunities,education and deserving jobs in which they will be treated with maximum respect.

Danielle Gregory

I’m an activist focused on housing as a fundamental human right. My campaigning work ranges from issues such as fire and structural safety in tower blocks, to fighting the stigma of council housing. Having experienced homelessness and displacement myself, I am deeply passionate about what I do. I write a blog, focused particularly on research and investigations I’ve carried out to hold authorities to account. I’m a mum of three little girls who I am raising to be strong, bold and fearless!

Eda Tigli

I am a 22 year old pedagogy student from germany. My activism is mostly about anti racism and empowerment. I am an artist who draws and writes poems.

Farina Salam

I'm Farina and I am a visible volunteer for Hidayah. I run social events in Bristol for people who identify as LGBTQI+ and are Muslim or come from a Muslim background. Using Hidayah as a platform, my aim is to provide a safe space where LGBTQI+ Muslims can feel validated and provide an opportunity for them to be their true selves. Being a visible member is extremely important for others to know we exist and we have a space to be in this world. It also means should they wish to take that step of being visible themselves, they can see that person reflected in society.

Florence Blondel

If you are a lover of the environment in this era, your heart must be breaking a little - mine is. There have been daunting scientific reports about biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. Chief among the (unaddressed) underlying causes of our planet’s unease is our unprecedented numbers. I work with Population Matters because it draws the crucial link between environmental conservation and women’s rights, for which I'm impassioned. I get to raise awareness about, and campaign for women’s agency - which is still deemed unimportant in many societies, while saving the planet at the same time.

Godwin Akinyele

I'm Godwin, a Nigerian living in the UK with my family (wife & kids). I'm a law (LLB) graduate, currently an asylum seeker, meaning I've no right to work, my skill regardless. Before fleeing my country I was gainfully employed and had my personal business that was doing well plus being a published author and poet. I would say the harshness of laws applying to asylum seekers in the UK is only next to hell and is more than enough to provoke giants in any man who dreams. My quest is to see that government changes this unjust law. No doubt, Campaign Bootcamp is a sure boost to my mission.

Ian Solomon-Kawall

I have over 20 years of leading positive social change and raising awareness of social issues through the culture of Hip Hop and passion for the environment and conservation. I use my love for music and nature to campaign around issues of global food security, local food growing systems, pollution, diversity (race, gender and class) to entertain and educate. Examples weave together to form the rich tapestry that is the community-led food growing space May Project Gardens ww.mayproject.org and my award winning program Hip-Hop Garden.