Events

 

 

This is where you can find out about meetings and other events that are coming up as well as links to recordings of past events.

 

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Upcoming events...

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Our

 

 

programme

All our yesterdays – filling in the gaps in our histories series – continued…
 

  • Thursday 13 January @8-9.30pm
    Part 3 - The Opium Wars and their legacy today (see link to recording below)

     

  • Thursday 14th April @ 8-9.30pm
    Part 4 – The Partitioning of Africa and its legacy today

     

Wednesday 22nd June - Windrush Day @ 8-9.30pm
The Windrush Scandal - what next in the fight for justice?
(Guest speaker: Jacqui McKenzie of Law firm Leigh Day - representing Windrush Victims)

Thursday 13 October @8-9.30pm

Making a difference/The Art of Persuasion
with Claire Mathys of Impact Policy & Daniel May-Miller -

The Windrush Scandal
What next in the fight for justice?
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 @ 8-9.30pm
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(Guest speaker: Jacqui McKenzie, Partner of Law firm Leigh Day - representing Windrush Victims)

On Windrush Day, (22 June), we celebrate the contribution of so many from the Caribbean that responded to the UK government’s request for help to rebuild post-war Britain. They came, suffered ongoing racial abuse, but struggled through, becoming part of the nation’s backbone, fulfilling so many of our keyworker roles, which many of their children and grandchildren still fulfil today.

And as the pandemic recedes, we have had reason to be grateful again, as many of them, their children and grandchildren (many also in keyworker roles), have disproportionately suffered and died in the frontline of the battle against the virus. Thank you – we still owe you so much.

And yet, the way we have treated this generation in recent years has made me feel ashamed to be British. And if you think the Windrush Scandal was a bad mistake that we have learned from, please note that the author of the Independent Review into the scandal in 2020 stated that there is a “grave risk” of this scandal being repeated – seven years after it came to light.

How much has changed since that report? What next in the fight for justice for the Windrush victims – many of whom are dying before the issue has been resolved? And what is required of us if we are to be effective allies?

We are delighted that Jacqui McKenzie, Partner of Law firm Leigh Day that has been representing Windrush Victims, will be sharing with us her answers to these questions in an exclusive interview for the White Allies Network. Jacqui has worked tirelessly on behalf of this generation since the beginning and her exceptional contribution to social justice was recognised earlier this year when she was awarded ‘Hero of the Year’ at the British Diversity Awards.

Come and join our conversation and find out how you can play your part in the campaign for justice.

As usual, there will be a time for discussion in small and large groups to think about the implications for us as aspiring allies against racism.

 

For those that can stay longer, there will also be a chance for some informal networking after the official close of the meeting at 9.30pm.

 

Everyone is welcome to White Allies Network meetings whether you are an aspiring white ally or a person of colour willing to journey with us along this road.

 

Click the button below to book your tickets and reserve your place on Eventbrite. Hope to see you there!

Previous events...

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As the world watches in horror while the imperialist ambitions of Russia's President Putin plays out at Ukraine's expense, we turned our thoughts to the events of 138 years ago when major European powers cemented their imperialist power grab of a land that was not theirs to take: the Berlin Conference and the partitioning of Africa.

Drawing on online resources once more, we explored the implications today for this beautiful continent and its people of the 'Scramble for Africa' by our European forefathers.

Watch this space for a recording of this event - coming soon!

All our yesterdays - filling in the gaps in our histories
Part 4: The Partitioning of Africa and its legacy today
Thursday 14th April 2022
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All our yesterdays - filling in the gaps in our histories
Part 3: The Opium Wars and their legacy today
Thursday 13th January 2022

This is a recording of the White Allies Network meeting held on the 22nd January 2022. (Click on the picture above to access the recording).

 

In this third part of our series on 'filling in the gaps in our histories', we explore the Opium Wars of 1839-60. It was an era that China looks back on as starting their 'Century of Humiliation', which they only began to climb out of with the Maoist revolution of 1949. We explore the implications today of these events of 180 years ago on China's relationship with the West today.

 

This video contains the following items:

0-11 mins - Introduction and recap on recent Race and Racism items in the news

 

(At this point we viewed two online videos - one from Captivating Histories lasting 13 minutes and one from BBC Teach lasting 9 minutes. We are unable to embed these here due to copyright restrictions, but we suggest you view them via the links below and then come back to this channel for the follow up conversations:
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDwoBC_DtGc&t=1s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dfe7ct3Xvs&t=1s )

 

11-15 mins - Summary of key facts about China from the early 19th Century including key Chinese caricatures from that time seen in the videos

 

15-17 mins - Ten Qualities of our spaces - a reminder of our ground rules

 

17-18 mins - Our breakout group questions

 

18-31 mins - Our post-breakout groups plenary discussion

 

31-33 mins - Summary and closing thoughts

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'All our Yesterdays' - filling in the gaps in our histories
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Wednesday 20th October 2021

 

We listened-in to a wide ranging conversation between Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Channel 4's 'Ways to change the world' as he interviewed Sathnam Sanghera about his latest book 'Empireland - how imperialism has shaped modern Britain', a book he wished he had been given as a child.

 

As well as talking about his book, Krishnan and Sathnam dip into their childhood experiences of growing up in the UK and discusses whether political correctness has gone too far.

 

After listening to the recorded interview, we discussed what we'd heard in breakout rooms and think about what it means for our aspiration to be true allies against racism.

 

For copyright reasons, we could not include the recorded interview within the overall recording, but you can access them both via the two links below. We suggest you play the introduction then pause, listen to the interview and then go back to the first recording to listen-in to our post-interview discussion?:

Introduction and recap on last time plus discussion afterwards (30 mins)
 

Interview recording (33 mins)

Enjoy!

 

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'All our Yesterdays' - filling in the gaps in our histories
- Pt 1 The journey begins


Thursday 2nd September 2021 @ 8-9.30pm BST on Zoom

Drawing on material from authors and broadcasters David Olusoga, Clive Myrie and Afua Hirsch, we began our journey of exploration into the history we as white people are rarely taught but has massive implications towards our understanding of racism today in the UK.

The links to the three short videos we viewed are below:

 

  1. Who owns history - Clive Myrie - 5 mins

  2. The Alt History you don't learn at school - David Olusoga - 7 mins13 sec

  3. Where are you from - Afua Hirsch - 4 mins

And here are the slides we used that included our individual reflective and small group discussion questions we used to stimulate our learning.

We hope you can make use of them in your own circles of influence in some way.

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White Allies Network Inaugural Meeting - via Zoom 30th June 2021

At this meeting, we shared our plans for the White Allies Network and invited participants be a part of designing our future programme and way of working.

 

See 'Our Spaces' for the ground rules we agreed on that occasion for the quality of the spaces we wanted to create for the most constructive dialogue on these difficult issues.

 

You will find a list of topics that members suggested for future meetings here.

 

It was not recorded.

George Floyd: One year on - has anything shifted?

 25th May 2021

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Click on the image above to view the webinar recording on the Deeper Leaders YouTube channel.

Overview

Schedule: 0-6m 30s - Intro to topic and panel

6m 30s - 53m - Panel answers the 3 core questions

53m - 1hr 1m - Launch of the White Allies Network

1h 1m - 1hr 21m - Panel respond to questions from the chat

 

Content:

On the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death, we asked leading black academic, Prof Robert Beckford, a black counsellor and author, Suzann Douglas and James Clarry, the white COO of one of the world's oldest banks: ‘Has anything truly shifted?’

 

We asked them:

Q1. How did the death of George Floyd impact you, personally? And has anything shifted for you personally since then? Q2. What has shifted in the world around you: in your organisation/the work that you do/your sphere of influence?

Q3. What needs to happen next to ensure the catalyst towards change offered us by George's tragic death is not wasted?

 

Before we took questions for the panel from the chat, we also launched a new initiative from the Deeper Leaders Collective: a White Allies Network (www.whiteallies.com)

 

Open Mike Session - the last 20 minutes was dedicated to questions from the chat and an open mike session where participants put their questions directly to members of the panel.

 

We didn't charge for tickets for this event - all three panel members waived their usual appearance fees as their personal contribution towards the vital work of Blueprint for All (formerly The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust). They do fantastic work with young people and communities to create an inclusive society in which everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity or background, can thrive. Participants made voluntary donations and helped us exceed our £1000 target to raise £1155.

The Abolition of Modern Slavery: what is needed now?

- via Zoom on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
2nd December 2020

Click on the image above to view the webinar recording on the Deeper Leaders YouTube channel.

This recording lasts 60 minutes.

Overview

In 2015, the UK government passed the Modern Slavery Act aiming to combat Modern Slavery. Since then, other governments have followed suit and citizens of many countries have become more aware that slavery is not only a past but a very real and present problem that touches us all.  But has any of this made any tangible difference to the lives of those blighted by slavery, violence and exploitation?

 

On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2020, this webinar explored these questions with the help of an expert panel. We heard:

  • An up-to-date global picture of the state of modern slavery from the world’s largest anti-slavery organisation

    • from Alianore Smith from International Justice Mission

  • An independent progress report on the UK Government’s approach to tackling modern slavery by the report’s author

    • from Peter Grant from Agulhas Consulting

  • How leaders can build on their organisations’ modern slavery statement to really make a difference and

  • How individual citizens can play their part in eradicating modern slavery

    • both from Adrian Lock, Founding Director of Deeper Leaders

  • How chocoholics can help end modern slavery

    • from Nicola aka ‘The Countess of Cocoa’, UK & Ireland Marketing Manager, Tony’s Chocolonely