Marianne Alapini

Since 14/6/17 Grenfell Tower Fire, I have volunteered to support survivors, their families, the affected community and businesses, with the devastating trauma suffered. I am also passionately co-creating a campaign to close the gender pay gap with local residents, as despite 47 years legislation, women earn less than men.

Yvonne Blake

My campaigning involves providing practical support and solidarity through capacity building, networking and skills share at the Unity Centre. The purpose of this campaign is to empower the migrant community to recognise and effectively challenge oppressive structures and behaviours individually and collectively. I am a lifelong advocate of social justice, collective responsibility, life long and life wide learning, which i believe are fundamental in the trans-formative process of liberation and self-determination.

Rose Ziaei

I am passionate about decolonial, intersectional, creative and community-led movements in opposition to all systems of oppression, capitalism and colonialism. My own background keeps me closest to the refugee community. I currently work as a youth worker for a refugee community organisation where I mainly support unaccompanied minors alongside other refugee and migrant youth. Creativity and spirituality keep me grounded. I write poetry, obsess over crystals and the different phases of the moon.

Uduma Ogenyi

I'm a student at the University of York. I'm currently a member of the North Yorkshire Youth Commission and my work is based on tackling hate crime. These days I find myself in a lot of white/non-black spaces and so prioritise my blackness in everything I do, campaigning on black empowerment and anti-racism. But ultimately I want to see a society that's free from all forms of injustice.

Jen Persson

I founded Defenddigitalme in 2015, to campaign for change in policy and practice at the Department for Education to make all children’s data safe, fair and transparent. This includes opposing the use of education data for anything to do with immigration enforcement. I want everyone to understand how their own data are used, by who, and why, to improve digital understanding across all levels of society. We need to ensure we use data for good for the betterment of all of society. In a world of technology in which machines play a fast growing role, human rights matter more than ever.

Saeema Choudhry

I am involved in campaigning for BME women experiencing domestic violence, this is predominately at grass route level. The political culture in Newcastle means that a lot remains to be done for BME women to access basic amenities such as education, housing, financial support and refuge due to their immigration status or no recourse to public funds.

Cheryl McLeod

I have been a campaigner for over 7 years, I have campaigned on various issues which effects people who are vulnerable, experiencing poverty and of African-Caribbean origin. I have also been a Unite the Union shop steward and successfully led strike action whereby workers terms and conditions were being affected, and I have supported other workplace strike action and attended picket lines.

Sascha Amel-Kheir

I'm a LGBT+ activist currently based in Swansea, South Wales campaigning on issues for non-binary people. I'm the founder of Breaking the Binary, the first group in Wales supporting the non-binary community. I've also been involved in supporting LGBT+ asylum seekers in South Wales and the local LGBT+ community as a whole.

Sandy Abdelrahman

I'm a British/Egyptian creative entrepreneur and a human rights activist. I'm the founder of Skaped; a social platform that encourages young people to engage within their human rights. I use my lived experiences of belonging to two different cultures to connect with the young people in issues they face in their lives or community.

Maria Walker

Reading keeps me busy and learning to trust my journey. I started Afro-Curiosity to empower, educate and create a community amongst black women through the process of education and empowerment to work together as a collective group in order to impact change within the community and ourselves. We will make a change one woman at a time!

Jeana Malhi

I have been involved in campaigning since I was 16 and have taken action on many different social injustice issues including gender inequality, disablism, housing rights and LGBTQ+. But I would mostly describe myself as an environmental rights campaigner as it is the most pressing issue for me, which further exacerbates inequality globally. I am part of an intersectional feminist spoken word collective, putting on events that prioritise stories of the typically silenced. I'm passionate about supporting women, cycling, watching plants grow and eating chocolate!

Sohail Jannesari

I helped start the Migrant Connections Festival as well as Migrant Welcome Tours of London. I've been involved with different campaigns, such as supporting the London Welcome Project, and help organise the People of Global Majority Network which aims to bring together and support campaigners of colour. I'm a trustee of the Cotton Tree Trust.

Angela Fonso

I have lots of resilience and resolve to drive forward a campaign to get the London Borough of Hillingdon to take regulatory action against a local asphalt plant who is contributing an unacceptable level of pollution in an area where the air quality is poor.

Sushma Lal

I am a member of both Momentum and the Labour Party. We are involved in a number of local, national and international campaigns. Currently I am participating in trying to stop the local authority closing down an old people's home.

Rose Wobbaka

I'm an intersectional activist committed to advocacy for young people of colour. I've previously been heavily involved in online activism, as well as being a committee member of Black Lives Matter Leeds.

Jo Smith

I am deeply passionate about inspiring people to care about and protect wildlife, wild spaces and our environment. I work for the Wildlife Trust and we encourage people, and especially young people, to get outdoors, experience the joy of discovering wildlife and "fall in love" with their local green spaces.

Afsana Lachaux

I campaign on human rights issues in relation to women’s rights, gender violence, equality and free speech. Prior to this role, I worked as a senior civil servant advising on labour market policy for disadvantaged groups. My current campaign is focused on violence against women and access to justice. This campaign was borne out of a personal and deeply traumatic experience of domestic abuse. I faced arbitrary arrests and detention when I was resident in the UAE and my young son was removed from my care by order of a Sharia court.

Maryan Whyte

I started our campaign last year with the aim of improving the mortuary facilities in my local community, it quickly grew and we are now working across the whole of Scotland. I have been active in working within local, regional and Scottish government groups as well as raising our petition and a local survey to ascertain the desires of the local community in Moray. I believe that mortuaries, along with the necessary processes and procedures should enable all involved to deal better with the hardest of goodbyes.

Nina Duan Ni

I'm a mum with an autistic son and we came from China. We had a beautiful dream to begin our new life in a civilised country, however we found that there are dark areas to this country. Our culture hasn't been respected, our rights toward our disabled child haven't been respected, my son's voice isn't be heard. We found it isn't just us facing these obstacles, it is lots of families, thus I gave up my business job to become a campaign mum and I just wish to make changes for better future.

Rob Punton

I am a social justice campaigner committed to working towards an equitable society. I use my energy, knowledge and experience to empower those around me. I have campaigned on many various issues.

Halaleh Taheri

I am a Kurdish-Iranian refugee woman. I’ve lived in Europe for the last 30 years. In my current position as a director of Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation, I have come across many women in the UK who are second or third wives to their husbands. I’d like to set up a campaign about Enforcement of Existing law on banning Polygamy in the UK. I’d like to be able to train others in my organisation and the community to support women who trapped in polygamous relationship. I want to approach policy makers with more confidence and skills for my campaign.

Esther Leighton

I have been campaigning on disability rights issues since my teens. I'm interested in disabled children's rights and legal literacy, in particular, at the moment.

Tasnima Uddin

I am an International Politics Graduate, working to become a Human Rights Lawyer. Previously I was a co creator of a global intersectional women's collective, focusing on radical activism. Also as BME Officer I pushed for a decolonised curriculum and introduced the BDS campaign at University. Today I am the Student Officer at Restless Beings, a human rights organisation, specifically focusing on the Rohingya Community. I have written for the Independent in regards to this issue, organised and spoken at protests and continue to campaign for them.

Serah-Daisy Ulyatt

I am currently a masters student. I organise as part of Sisters Uncut as well as attend and support other groups in London. I'm also involved in organising a free summer school on radical feminisms. My interests are in intersectional organising, decolonising work and generally just learning more.

David King

I am a disabled, Jewish, former geneticist, so I care passionately about the politics of science and technology, particularly the ongoing eugenic tendencies in our society. I have been involved in the campaign against GM foods, and want to continue my work on eugenics by starting a new campaign against the impending creation of GM babies. In general I am campaigning for the democratic control of science and technology.

Emma Biermann

Facilitator

Growing up in a school system that frustrated me, I became interested in power, who has it and trying to shift it by getting involved in structures where my voice would be more clearly heard - and where collectively we were able to empower ourselves to create change. I’ve spent most of the last years campaigning on the issue of climate change and the issues it intersects with. I've been particularly leaning in to queer, feminist and people of colour spaces, and since I care about the life of our groups, I sometimes put my training/facilitation hat on in those spaces, other times I take it off.

Josh Virasami

Facilitator

I'm a British-born Mauritian with mixed heritage. I create things, like music, writing, film, photography and delicious food. I cultivate things, like joy, friendships, patience, solidarity, prosperity and lasting social change.

Nim Ralph

Facilitator

Nim Ralph is a community activist, trainer and facilitator. Nim has held a number of strategic roles in the anti-racist, LGBTQI, women’s and disability sectors. They co-founded QTIPOC London, Purple Rain Collective and are an inaugural member of the Edge Fund. Previous to this they co-founded So We Stand; an organisation linking environmental, social and racial justice in the UK. This won Nim an Olive Morris Memorial Award for activism and they were named a Guardian “Youth Climate Leader”. They also play the drums and love to lip-sync battle.

Stacie McCluskey

I have always worked in the public and have developed a love for humans in the process. I've added an element of campaigning into everything I've done: my coffee shop built a connection with the local food bank, as did my university. I care most about the right to self determination; that shouldn't be hindered due to bad economics, austerity or prejudice. I am also a vegan, and I love our Mother Earth. I am a greenpeace lover!

Bex Dudley

I'm Bex, a glittery, dancing bean from Bristol. I spend my time ranting about injustices related to gender, sexuality, and mental health; and breaking off mid-rant to go and do something about it, whether that be running around in a unicorn onesie or representing my community as LGBT+ Officer at my university. I was born with a heart-shaped birthmark on my head, and the belief that that's a sign that there's too much love in me to stay contained: and it's that love for the world and everyone in it that gives me the drive and determination to keep fighting.

Rosario Guimba-Stewart

I am currently the CEO of Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network (LRMN). LRMN supports many people who are vulnerable, destitute and in very desperate situation. I am passionate about helping the people who come to our door and committed to ensure that their needs are met and their voices heard. I am keen to campaign on many issues that our clients face but mainly on the adverse effects of no recourse to public funds and the rising costs of immigration fees to individuals and families.

Victoria Poku-Amanfo

Facilitator

For work, I lead a youth-led mental health campaign which teaches young people about the law and their rights so that they are empowered to challenge injustice. Aside from work, I have focused on housing survivors of domestic violence and ending violence against women and non-binary genders. I always take a black feminist approach in my activism and I'm always trying to find new books/podcasts/shows that centre the black femme voice. Also i love afrobeats :)

Rosie Huzzard

Facilitator

I am a Trainer for Everyday Activism, Campaign Bootcamp's new project based in Yorkshire. I am supporting refugees/asylum seekers, mental health service users and parents to get campaigning on local issues. In my own time I campaign on private renting/housing and domestic violence, and my background is in trade union and student union politics.

Anna Collins Nham

Facilitator

Anna believes that training spaces are places where real magic and transformation can happen. Experiencing it herself while on Training for Change’s 'SuperT', a 19 day training for trainers in Philadelphia, USA. Her job is to make sure all our trainings contain that magic! She came to Campaign Bootcamp after 6 years in the international climate movement training and supporting activist groups around the world. When not working with a group she is happiest walking in the hills around Sheffield where she lives, out on her bike, or with her head in a book. Anna is Head of Training.

Karen Larbi

Trainer

Karen works in the Policy & Campaigns team at the National Union of Students. She is the founder of POC In Nature, an online space for people of colour to explore the healing power of nature. A mental health advocate, she is the co-founder of Black Woman Heal United Kingdom, an online support group for women of African descent who have experienced sexual violence. Karen is a lay member of Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and is interested in activist self-care, healing justice, alternative spiritualities, and intersectional, trauma-informed approaches to mental health.

Kuchenga

Trainer

KUCHENGA is a writer, an agitator and an avid consumer of all culture high and low. She is a Black trans feminist whose work sparkles with vivacity and originality. A member of Black Lives Matter UK, the Bent Bars Collective, she lives by the River Thames in London and can be found frolicking in Battersea Park with her dog Nene.

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith

Trainer

Ayeisha is Training Organiser at the New Economy Organisers Network, and has lead on designing and developing Movement Builders over 2017. She has previously worked on political strategy and campaigns, on peace and dialogue in Israel/Palestine and coordinated campaigns and project around migration. Ayeisha is a black feminist and centres anti-oppression, decoloniality and intersectionality in her approach to training. She has an MA in Postcolonial Cultural Studies and Global Policy, lives for June Jordan and Octavia Butler, and teaches a Basic Beyonce dance class - all levels welcome!

Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert

Trainer

Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert is a researcher, lecturer and London-based activist with Black Lives Matter UK. She also works with asylum seekers and refugee women. Alexandra is interested in the politics of food, gender, social change and race.

Sheila Coleman

Trainer

Originating from a large Liverpool-Irish family, Sheila calls herself “Scouse, not English”. A former chair of the Liverpool Irish Centre Cooperative and a well-known activist and campaigner, Sheila is the spokesperson for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. For 28 years, she’s campaigned for truth and justice to be brought to the people who died and survivors of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. She currently works as the North West region community coordinator for Unite, the Union.

Guppi Bola

Trainer

Guppi Bola is a social justice organiser working with activists across Europe who are engaged in systems change campaigning. Her work centres around leadership as a strategy for building movements for long-lasting social change. She also critiques and supports organisations wanting to transform their leadership in order to be led by those who are affected by oppression and social injustice. Guppi has ten years experience straddling the NGO - grassroots activism world, as well as working in movement support and training. She currently works for Quakers in Britain.