Bootcamper Round Up!

Graduates of Bootcamp’s programmes have been busy lately--speaking out, organising and shining a light on injustice. Check out what they’ve been up to.

Esther Leighton for the win! This Bootcamp 11 grad challenged the access practices at small business Konditor Cakes. In response, the company not only issued an apology and fixed the issues, they are educating other business owners about how easy access can be as well as fundraising for the Disability Justice Project for the next six months. And Esther is enjoying some free cake to boot! “Really couldn’t have done this without the bit on messaging at Campaign Bootcamp,” she recently posted on Facebook. Learn more on Twitter #SpreadJoyThroughCake

Siana Bangura and Last Mafuba, who met on Bootcamp 12, teamed up to hold a powerful event in Coventry called Mindful Me: Decolonising the mental health service as part of Coventry Welcomes festival to celebrate refugees. They screened ‘1500 & Counting’, a film Siana made with Troy James Aidoo investigating deaths in UK Police Custody, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Inini Initiative, a wellbeing provision Last established to fight for mental health freedom in BME communities.

Harry Jefferson-Perry of Bootcamp 14, who works for the Outside Project, London’s first LGBTQ+ homeless shelter, offered this insight in The Guardian’s recent article on the Wagamama restaurant chain making its bathrooms gender neutral: “We have people in our shelter who work in hospitality and aren’t properly paid. Precarious working is often the reason they end up being homeless in the first place. If Wagamama want to show true solidarity to our community over this Pride season, they could consider paying all their staff the London living wage. LGBTIQ+ people are overrepresented in hospitality and homelessness statistics and corporations like Wagamama not adopting the London living wage is a key reason for this.”

Jackie Tait, also from Bootcamp 14, helped pen a statement for Ethicists without Borders on the relationship between Christian faith and climate change. It reads in part, “Christian public witness calls for solidarity with the poorest, who suffer first and worst as a result of climate breakdown. We therefore call on all Christians and churches to pledge to support, and where possible participate in, a range of actions that seek to counteract climate and ecological collapse.”

A photo of Bootcampers including Harry, Last, Jackie, Esther and Siana.

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