We are happy to announce that in 2020, we will be offering Bootcamp scholarships to activists involved in anti-hate campaigning.
With hate crime rising, and divisive rhetoric becoming normalised in politics, media, and elsewhere in society, marginalised groups and individuals are facing an increasingly hostile environment in the UK. That’s why we’ve decided to prioritise anti-hate campaigners by offering scholarships for people tackling these issues across the UK.
Hate can take many forms, and within the Bootcamp community, our graduates have been tackling different types of hate in a number of ways. We interviewed two Bootcamp graduates working around anti-hate campaigns to illustrate the types of issues being tackled.
Zobia graduated from Bootcamp 16, and campaigns against Islamophobia. She began her activism journey as a Palestinian solidarity campaigner, and told us ‘After facing heavy repercussions for my work due to my identity, I began developing campaigns to challenge anti-Muslim sentiment and the surveillance of Muslim students.’
Her campaign work now specifically focuses on challenging hate directed at groups by the government, including anti-surveillance and anti-Prevent campaigning.
She said: ‘Bootcamp gave me a lot of valuable things… I learnt and experienced so much that I know I left Bootcamp as a different person to the one who entered it.’
Lois, who graduated from Bootcamp 17, works in the area of antigypsyism or hate crime towards the Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) community. She told us: ‘Even progressive spaces can be inaccessible to members of the GRT community, with this area of hate crime not gaining much public consensus as hate crime or racism.’
‘Bootcamp has given me the space to consider myself within my activism and campaigning, and given me the tools to create a campaign that has strategy. This experience has wholeheartedly changed my life and how I view activism.’
Are you an anti-hate campaigner who would benefit from our training?
A Bootcamp is a six-day residential training open to activists in the UK and Europe who want to campaign strategically and with confidence. There you’ll be able to tool yourself up to run powerful campaigns, and meet new co-conspirators while you’re at it!
If you’re successful in getting a scholarship, you’ll get access to a year-long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training at our venue, Gilwell Park in Chingford, London. After the residential is over you’ll be offered a year of mentorship, follow-up training, and community support.
If you’re a grassroots campaigner this scholarship can cover the full fee of coming on Bootcamp if required.
To Sum up:
- Deadline to apply: 9 am GMT on Tuesday 24th March 2020.
- Bootcamp 18 will run from the afternoon on Sunday 24th May to the evening of Friday 29th May 2020.
- Bootcamp 19 will run from the afternoon on Monday 13th July to the evening of Saturday 18th July 2020.
- Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners.
- Email [email protected] with any questions you may have.
Applications for our spring and summer camps are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied! Applications for our autumn camp will open this summer. We’re also in the process of thinking about how to take our training online. If you’d like to power up your activism with Campaign Bootcamp, please sign up to our newsletter to hear the latest updates by clicking here.
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