Bootcamp Round Up!

Bootcamp and Everyday Activism graduates are always busy challenging injustice, so here’s a round up of some of the great things they’ve been up to!

Bootcamp grad Ken Macharia and his rugby team, Bristol Bisons RFC, were announced as one of ten winners of the Attitude Pride Awards 2019. Ken’s rugby team, which is a team for LGBTQ+ players, have been fighting to save their teammate from being deported by the UK Home Office to Kenya, where homosexuality is illegal. Watch a video about Ken and his team, and the award they received here.

Congratulations to Ken and solidarity with Bootcamp graduates and allies working towards fighting for the rights of LGBTQ+ across the UK and beyond!

Kush Kanodia, of Bootcamp 14 has been appointed as an Ambassador for Disability Rights UK. Kush has been involved with the charity since 2019 and said, ‘I am delighted and honoured to have been made an Ambassador for Disability Rights UK (DR UK). DR UK is the largest pan-disability charity in the UK that is disabled person led and manages the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability at the UK Parliament.’ Kush is also part of the “No Wheelchair Tax” campaign working to abolish all disabled car parking charges at NHS hospitals in England. The campaign has quickly gone viral and was featured on the BBC London Radio recently! You can listen here (skip to 1:18:53). Check out the latest updates on Kush’s LinkedIn page here.

Zlahka Ahmed of Bootcamp 14 has been elected onto the Board of the European Network Against Racism! Zlahka has said “being elected has been a particularly humbling and incredulous experience. ENAR has incredibly strong staff who understand and further intersectional anti-racist work and I am looking forward to helping and developing work alongside them”.

Nathan Thanki, Bootcamp 13, has written an article for Red Pepper addressing the 2020 United Nations climate change conference set to take place in the UK.

Our Everyday Activism ‘Right to Work’ group got together to collect post-card signatures to be sent to the Home Secretary demanding their right to work. You may have also heard that our Everyday Activism programme is growing!

Bootcamp grad, Larissa Kennedy, has written an article featured on gal-dem about Halle Berry being cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid and what this means for representation of black women in Disney films.

Angela Fonso joined us on Bootcamp 11 campaigning to reduce tar odour emissions from an asphalt plant in her local area. In a recent article in The Guardian, the campaign group are now preparing for a legal challenge to the redevelopment, after a two year battle with Ealing Council, Berkley Group and Environmental Regulators. You can read the full post about Angela and the campaign group in The Guardian here.

Bootcamp residential’s lead trainer, Nim Ralph, was quoted in Dazed’s article about why lesbians and trans people marched in solidarity at Pride in London. “This year I was invited to march in a solidarity block as an activist and trans person of colour with the likes of Para Pride and UK Black Pride,” explains Nim. “Given everything that’s happened in the last year since the transphobic lesbians stormed the 2018 Pride in London march – which has culminated in an 81% rise in transphobic hate crimes – it felt important that the LGBQ+ community showed up to make this year’s Pride all about their solidarity with trans folks.”

If you’re part of the Bootcamp or Everyday Activism alumni, we’d love to hear about ways you’re making a difference in your community! Share your stories with us at [email protected] or be featured in our next Bootcamp Round Up.

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