We Move - A Race Equality & Migrants Rights Summit

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We are living through turbulent times. Emerging from a global pandemic in which ethnic minority communities have disproportionately suffered, over half of ethnic minority children in Britain are currently living in poverty. 

We are also facing a legislative agenda which poses the most significant and sustained threat to ethnic minority people’s civil rights in recent memory.

Ongoing international conflicts mean there is a battle for hearts and minds over the extent to which we support those simply seeking safety. 

It is not just refugees and migrants that are on the front line, British Muslims continue to be demonised, Jewish communities report an all-time high for antisemitic hate crimes and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities remain ostracised and excluded from almost every section of society.

But it’s not all negative, the worldwide condemnation and trauma which greets such events have created an environment in which people  are more ready than ever to listen, learn and create lasting change.

The question we now face is: how do we come together to harness opportunities for change and move towards a better, fairer Britain?

We know first-hand that the answer can be found with community. We know that change begins with the people. 

This is why we are bringing together policymakers, corporations, academics, trade unionists, civil society groups, students and the general public, to explore how we harness opportunities for positive change, address threats and maintain the recent momentum for racial equality.

With just eight weeks to go before the We Move, race equality and migrants’ rights summit, over the weekend of 2 – 4 September, we are proud to announce the first of the fully confirmed sessions.

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What you can expect

We’ll be providing a variety of approximately 50 interactive sessions (including, world cafe, round table discussions, workshops, etc) as well as traditional themed presentations. There will also be an academic and practitioner poster wall, where we will encourage organisations and students to convey their work in a single poster.

Already confirmed we have:

  • The Faith and Belief Forum, is an organisation which aims to create connected and cohesive societies where people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures have positive relations and thrive together. They will share their workshop which utilises a skills-development based approach to empower people, including marginalised communities, to explore identities within safe spaces by engaging with people different to themselves.
  • Charity So White, is a grassroots campaign seeking to tackle systemic racism in the charity sector. The campaign started in August 2019 with #CharitySoWhite being used by people of colour across the charity sector to share their experiences of racism. They have worked to respond to racist incidents within the charity sector, and to call for leaders to acknowledge and dismantle the racism that exists within their organisations. They will run a workshop: decolonising the charity sector.
  • Greater Manchester Poverty Action will deliver a session introducing the S1 Equality Act Socio-Economic duty, including guidance on encouraging effective adoption and implementation of the Duty locally and with interactive discussions on the intersection between race and socio-economic status. These discussions will create a space for better understanding how race and socio-economic status intersect and considering what this means for policy and practice at all levels.
  • The London Chamber of Commerce, will run a session which will celebrate the progress of ethnic minority led businesses and discuss solutions to the barriers they face.
  • Racism, Health and Resilience convened by Dr Jordan Mullard and Dr Ghazala Mir. This will be an interactive narrative building session to unpack and critically reflect on racialised experiences of healthcare provision, clinical encounters, as well as our representation in national statistics, policy-making etc. with an emphasis on how we navigate these structures and what strategies we deploy to do so.
  • A range of migrants rights activists will look at the tactic of using “People’s Tribunals” as a means of rejecting a traditional approach in which migrant voice are limited to providing the testimonies which illustrate the horrors of the hostile environment and instead look at ways of creating platforms in which experiences of injustice are aired and mutual solidarity in forging resistance is developed.
  • An arts based session will allows us to look to a future where racism is a thing of the past, where the equation: "talent + opportunity - 'isms'' = success" accurately reflects the society that we have become and that we value. For post-racist Britain to become our shared reality, we must first create a vision for its fulfilment. Throughout the We Move Summit, there will be a safe space for participants to explore and share their vision for post-racist Britain, an intersectional exploration across generations, colour, ethnicities, abilities, gender and sexuality, etc.
  • Dr. Bridget Snaith and Carole Wright of Blak Outside will present a collaborative workshop: ‘Space for Community to Grow- A Workshop exploring local action, and structural inequality in access to nature /outdoor spaces’
  • The Bradford based Race Equality Network (REN) will deliver a ‘world café’ session providing an opportunity for attendees to contribute to a wider discussion around identity, race and belonging. This will also explore what is power, who has the power and look at solutions to address the obstacles that exist in society.
  • REN will also discuss the work they delivered to support ethnic minority and Central Eastern European (CEE) communities through the Covid crisis and how their community engagement and communications strategy was instrumental in reducing inequalities faced by these communities.
  • International law firm, D.L.A. Piper, will be discussing the ground-breaking work they do, pro-bono to support refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Manchester University’s Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity will be running three sessions, a workshop on the making of and findings of the Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS), a drop-in data clinic giving advice on how to find good data on ethnic and racial inequalities and a series of film screenings on the impact of Covid on racialised minority communities
  • There will be a whole series of themed presentations by some of the best academics exploring different aspects of race, racism and differential outcomes.
  • In the wake of the Child Q scandal, we will be looking at policing in schools.
  • A session on Decolonising the Academy, will explore how we make the change.
  • Building unity across communities will consider how we challenge some of the narratives of division that exist within racialised minority and migrant communities, while celebrating the contributions of the LGBTQ+ and disabled communities.
  • Building power and influence will be an opportunity to consider how we create the power we need to effect the changes we want.
  • The event will create opportunities for networking across sectors and communities on a regional basis, so that people can start to use the relationships they establish at the Summit to plan how to move the race equality and migrants’ rights agenda forward in their area.
  • Leading educationalist and academic Dr Aminul Hoque MBE will be discussing ‘a culturally responsive pedagogy’, seeking to explore how we teach in a way that meets the needs of racialised minority students
  • The UK BME Anti-Slavery Network will introduce their Race Equality Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and share recommendations and indicators of progress for the UK Modern slavery and human trafficking sector.
  • We will be looking at Ujima – A Black Supplementary School in Chapeltown, exploring the historical context and current role of Black Supplementary Schools
  • Professor Lander from the Carnegie School of Education and Professor Heather Smith from Newcastle University will explore the extent to which teacher training equips teachers to address racism in the classroom.
  • Busy Being Black, the award-winning podcast will be going live from the Summit where it will be exploring the fullness of queer Black lives.
  • Dr Sadiq Bhanbhro will screen ‘Exposed’ a ground-breaking documentary that combines the stories of 19 Black, Brown and migrant nurses and midwives speaking powerfully about their experiences of racism before, during and after the pandemic. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session.
  • The Ella Baker School of Organising will be sharing their workshop ‘South Asians organising in Britain’ which provides a historic overview of Asian organising in the UK with a workshop exploring what lessons this history provides for organising today.
  • Liberty, the leading human rights group, will facilitate a session looking at the value of using judicial review and strategic litigation as part of a process of making change happen. Liberty will also be looking at why we must defend the Human Rights Act which the government is planning to scrap.
  • Migrants Organise will be running a session on organising for justice, dignity and rights, which will include showing a number of short films about campaigns they have organised, alongside a workshop.
  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations will be looking at how the voluntary sector can engage effectively to support race equality.
  • Leeds based PAFRAS: a community-based charity that supports destitute asylum seekers in the Leeds area will be looking at young people’s experience of the asylum process
  • The Black Leadership Group, a groups made up of educational leaders will present their ten point Plan for Action which they have used to support educational institutions seeking to address racism.
  • We will have a specific ‘world café’ session for black parents which will ask parents to consider a range of scenarios, and ask, what would you do, and what help would you need, if faced with this situation?
  • Our friends at Ubele Initiative will be showcasing the work of their Leeds based ‘future leaders’ programme.

These are just a selection of the sessions that are in the process of being confirmed, with further content to be confirmed.

There is a sliding scale of prices for the weekend depending, on whether you, or your employer is paying. Ranging from £199 for people from the Statutory, Academic or Private sector through to £50 for self-funded students or campaigners (this price includes accommodation for one over-night and all meals). There are also rates without accommodation and there are alternative arrangements for people with no recourse to public funds.

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Big thanks

The Summit is proud to be built alongside our valued Foundational partners: JCWI, Liberty, New Economics Foundation, Ubele Initiative, and Manchester University’s Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity. We are also grateful to the many groups and organisations, others, too numerous to list here, supporting us financially or by contributing sessions or other content

With our thanks to the University of Leeds for hosting

If you want to contribute content towards the Summit, help to subsidise spaces for attendees, bring a delegation from your organisation or area, or have any further questions, then please email for further details.

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