Shake out your pockets for Shake!

Help reinvigorate and strengthen UK grassroots social justice movements by sending young black and brown activists to a crucial training conference in Detroit

June 3, 2016 · 2 min read

shakeShake! is a long running project bringing together young people, artists and campaigners to develop creative responses to social injustice.

They are fundraising to send eight young members to Detroit for the Allied Media Conference this summer. With just days to go they need your help to hit their £5,500 target.

The eight are all people of colour doing powerful, transformative and insightful work in grassroots, campaigns and social justice spaces. They are engaged in a wide spectrum of issues, including Sisters Uncut, Decolonising Our Minds Society, SOAS Detainee Support, Conversations: Verse in Dialog, Equaliteach, and The Fury Project.

The Allied Media Conference brings together around 2,500 people every year to share skills and explore the intersections of media and communications, art, technology, education, and social justice. It’s an invaluable space for learning skills that can be brought back to movements in the UK.

Why is this important? In their own words: ‘Our movements, organising spaces, NGOs and charities rarely centre the work and voices of black and brown and other marginalised groups, that are most adversely affected in our societies. Too often, young black and brown people are left on the margins of organising movements, their voices silenced.’

If you can, please consider donating to the appeal.

Hear from Shake! after Detroit – join Red Pepper on 19 July at Rich Mix for Black Words Matter: an evening with Gary Younge and Shake! Book tickets (the event page will be updated with details about Shake! members soon).



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