More grassroots activists than ever before!
Campaign Bootcamp 8 took place between Sunday 2nd October until Friday 7th October this year.
This cohort was particularly special as we were able to offer more scholarships to grassroots campaigners than ever before.
In response to the rise of racist hate crime since the referendum, we managed to secure a fantastic eight scholarships for those tackling racism and/or xenophobia in their campaign work - you can see who received these scholarships below.
We were also able to offer scholarships to campaigners tackling poverty and inequality in London, disabled campaigners, campaigners of colour, environmental campaigners, Syrian/Lebanese/Palestinian campaigners, campaigners challenging corporate power and campaigners working in development in France or Germany.
Meet the passionate activists who will made the cohort below! I'm so happy these folks have joined our community.
The next Campaign Bootcamp will take place in spring 2017 - join our mailing list to find out when applications open!
Tamara-Jade, Community and Training Coordinator
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I am a Detox Campaigner from Greenpeace Southeast Asia based in the Philippines. I work from issues like industrial pollution, plastics and electronic waste. Aside from my current work, I am also interested in forest and peace issues and working with children, the youth and communities. My other interests include music, trivia, doing TV series marathon, and sleeping.
Abi's spot is funded by her organisation Greenpeace Southeast Asia
I'm committed to bringing about social change through the arts.
I'm passionate about theatre as it has the power to change lives. I know this because it has changed mine. I believe that everyone should be able to access and participate in the arts, irrespective of their background.
Adam receives a Trust for London scholarship for campaigners tackling social inequality and/or poverty in the capital
I spent the first 7 years of my life in Tanzania. Since then I have lived everywhere from small villages to the inner city. This has given me a deep understanding of social inequality across the country and the world. Both my parents are priests and instilled Christian principles of justice in me. When I began to match this against the reality I saw, I became motivated to work to change the reality people face for the better.
Ally's place is funded by his organisation 38 Degrees
My name is Angelica and I campaign and organise around a range of issues related to anti-racism and women's rights. More specifically, I care about how migrant women and/or women of colour face a disproportionate risk of violence both in public and in private. I study full time and also currently work for the campaign "Post Ref Racism" which was set up in response to increase in overt hate crimes after the Brexit referendum.
Angelica received the Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Open Society Foundation.
I'm Anna, 31 y.old, french and living in Paris. I founded QueerParis, an association that promotes queer culture and events in Paris (www.queerparis.com). Through this association, I'm developing a label for "Safe and queer-friendly spaces" in France.
Anna receives a Charities Aid Foundation Advocacy for Development scholarship
I'm a no borders campaigner living in Glasgow, volunteering at the Unity Centre and part of the core collective of We Will Rise. Currently undergoing through the immigration system. I'm also studying photography and will like to specialise on photojournalism.
Etzali received a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Open Society Foundation.
I'm a campaigner from Yorkshire that's passionate about fighting abuse and sexual violence against disabled people. As a disabled survivor myself, I have recently co-founded Disabled Survivors Unite with three other young disability rights campaigners.
Ashley received a scholarship for disabled campaigners from Campaign Bootcamp's general scholarship fund
I am a higher education campaigner from London. I am passionate about encouraging universities and the government to removing the barriers to education faced by young people, particularly those of migrant backgrounds.
Kim received a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
I'm a trade union activist in London working in hospitality trying to improve conditions at work. The issues I give the most attention to revolve around housing, policing, gendered and racial oppression, as well as workplace activism. I try to include all of these kinds of activism in my workplace, as I feel the most effective approach to building working class and migrant based power is one that recognises how each issue affects the other.
Nilufer received a Scholarship for Campaigners challenging Corporate Power funded by SumOfUs
I'm an environmental and trans rights activist based in the North of England. I'm passionate about highlighting and understanding the intersections between climate and queerness. During the day, I study horticulture and run a business training organisations in transgender awareness and inclusion. In my spare hours, I facilitate the trans body positivity art project 'You Look Nice', volunteer with Leeds Tidal and work on campaigns resisting fracking in West and North Yorkshire.
Emma received a Scholarship for Environmental Campaigners funded by Greenpeace Environmental Trust
I have been involved in raising awareness about the similarities that exist between the different faith groups within the city of Bradford for over 20 years. Through the vehicle of the Bradford Concord Interfaith Society, regular meetings, talks and discussions are held. There is opportunity for the various faith communities (including those of no religion) to provide an open dialogue / debate in order to promote understanding and co-operation.
Rasmik received a Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. This scholarship is specifically for campaigners living outside of London
I am a sports campaigner who campaigns to change the perception of muslim women in sport and create an even playing field for women of all faiths and backgrounds.
Asma received a Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. This scholarship is specifically for campaigners living outside of London
I work in campaigns mobilisation with ActionAid France - Peuples Solidaires, getting people to join the fight for social and climate justice. I'm also active in Diffraction, a collective that gives direct action trainings. In my spare time I love biking, hitch-hiking and eating cheese.
Audrey receives a Charities Aid Foundation Advocacy for Development scholarship
I currently work at ActionAid UK on the Tax Justice campaign and campaign to end violence against women and girls. I care about racial equality and the creation of more safe, intersectional spaces.
Cheyenne's spot is funded by her organisation ActionAid UK
I'm a food ethics and human rights campaigner from Hampshire, but have spent the past five years of my life trying to tackle these issues in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am about to start work as an intern for 38 Degrees and can't wait!
Holly's spot is funded by her organisation 38 Degrees
I founded the Hear Afrika Society in 2008 while studying for a Major Joint undergraduate degree in Economics and International Relations, now called The Hear Alkebulan*Institute when I realised that discourses of African and Africa political and economic development are filled with myths, nuance and subtle biases.
Luqman receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Open Society Foundation.
I'm Jinan and I'm passionate about campaigning for women's rights, especially in the field of sexual consent. My time at university showed me how important it is that sexual consent is taught at a younger age. I want all the campaigning that I do to be sensitive and aware of people's backgrounds and identities because I believe that campaigning should be intersectional.
Jinan's place is funded by her organisation 38 Degrees
I am a French national who has been advocating for the protection of civilians and their human rights in armed conflict, and in societies in transition for the past 2 years. Working in Lebanon with Syrian refugees for 15 months was a truly transformative experience which deepened my commitment to campaigning for conflict resolution and civilians' protection.
Manon receives a Charities Aid Foundation Advocacy for Development scholarship
I'm an anti-racist campaigner from Stoke-on-Trent, however I developed my skills and passion in campaign whilst at university in Sussex. I have developed a passion to connect people into a common understanding through nurturing a conversation across difference. I believe that listening is the most important skill in activism. To be able to listen to the different experiences of social suffering around us, and for people directly affected to be at the forefront of their strive for liberation.
Neelam receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Open Society Foundation
I'm writing a mental health manifesto flagging up the demands of mental health service users from Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Southwark and neighbouring London boroughs on a range of policies and practices that impact on their mental health and wellbeing. The idea is to bring groups together so they are galvanised to take the recommendations forward with power brokers in local NHS services, local government and local communities.
Raza receives a Trust for London scholarship for campaigners tackling social inequality and/or poverty in the capital
I am a human rights activist and anti Female Genital Mutilation campaigner from Hertfordshire. Campaigning is my passion. I have been involved in campaigning for many years, motivated by my personal experiences and beliefs. I work on FGM prevention, my campaign is aimed at raising awareness amongst health workers, teachers, students, public officials and the wider community, identifying girls at risk so appropriate action can be taken.
Rehab receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Open Society Foundation.
I am a youth and human rights advocate from the midlands. I help to influence law and policy on young people through campaigning and participation in political conferences to make the experiences of youth in the UK better. I am currently campaigning for schools to teach young people basic laws, politics and rights as a part of national curriculum as our youth are not fully aware of their entitlements as British citizens e.g. how to vote, police powers etc and this is becoming an issue.
Sabie received a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.
I work for Stonewall campaigning for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. I am passionate about taking my work further and deeper into BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) LGBT communities to amplify voice, acknowledge and support role models and encourage social cohesion.
Sanisha's spot is funded by her organisation Stonewall
I am a campaigner interested in Black feminism, I explore how race and gender interact as oppressive forces and how they can be countered through creative approaches to campaigning. I am also interested in self care within activism, how can we look after ourselves whilst doing this important work?
Sekai receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Open Society Foundation
I'm a democracy activist from Berlin. I campaign and advocate for more democracy, transparency and accountability in the European Union, to ensure more just decision-making, inclusive policies and empowered citizens!
Sophie receives a Charities Aid Foundation Advocacy for Development scholarship
I'm a trade unionist campaigning on Equality issues especially with regards to women's and migrant rights.
Sophie receives a Trust for London scholarship for campaigners tackling social inequality and/or poverty in the capital
Hi! I'm Suriya, I'm passionate about raising the voices of underrepresented communities. Currently I am campaigning for rights and needs of LGBTQI people of colour through my project UNMUTED. I think everyone has the right to have spaces where they feel safe and can be themselves. When I'm not campaigning, I'm making pieces of theatre and writing poetry that provokes and challenges current societal paradigms and spark conversations that will hopefully change how we look at things.
Suriya receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.
I am incredibly passionate about the arts, their ability to affect change and the role they can play in campaigning. I am the artistic director of Populace, a theatre company of politics and optimism, a Changemaker with the Advocacy Academy and an ambassador of Great Men. I spend a lot of time working with young people around social justice, in particular issues to do with LGBTQI and gender.
Tom received a Trust for London scholarship for campaigners tackling social inequality and/or poverty in the capital
I campaign around issues of racism and xenophobia, on a grassroots level within my local community as well on the bigger scale where the dehumanisation of vilified communities leads to murder and genocide. My interests are international relations, foreign policy and the war on terror. I'm also great fun at parties.
Undleeb receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Open Society Foundation
I'm a London-based campaigner on inequality and social justice working to fight the range of issues that people where I'm from are faced with daily. This includes everything from air pollution to racist policing. I want to see systemic change in the political system so that policies are made by people who know what it's like to be on the receiving end of them.
Zahra receives a Trust for London scholarship for campaigners tackling social inequality and/or poverty in the capital
This is a group of people made up of Campaign Bootcamp staff and campaigners in our community who facilitate the week's training. They support Bootcamp's external trainers in delivering sessions and take on a pastoral role during the week.
Anna is the Training Manager at Campaign Bootcamp. Anna joined bootcamp after 6 years in the international climate movement training and supporting activist groups around the world. She has also worked with and trained grassroots groups working on a range of issues in the UK. She 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. When not working with a group she is happiest on her bike, or with her head in a book.
Nim is Campaign Bootcamp's Core Trainer. They are a community activist and freelance writer, trainer & facilitator and equality and diversity specialist. They have held a number of strategic roles in the anti-racist, LGBTQI, women's and disability sectors. They co-founded QTIPOC London and are an inaugural member of the Edge Fund. Previous to this they co-founded and Directed So We Stand. This won Nim an Olive Morris Memorial Award for activism and was named a Guardian "Youth Climate Leader". Nim grew up and lives in Walthamstow, is passionate about film, plays the drums, loves avocados and has a penchant for cheesy 90s music.
Tamara-Jade is Community and Training Coordinator at Campaign Bootcamp. She takes an intersectional approach to her outreach work to ensure that those most in need of Campaign Bootcamp's training and community, can access it. She also supports with training on camp and coordinates mentoring. Outside of work, Tamara-Jade campaigns primarily on domestic violence. She also likes to draw and paint her nails.
Jess is a project manager and consultant by trade with a background in mainly feminist campaigning. Before joining Bootcamp, Jess was Head of Operations at openDemocracy and before that worked as a consultant on both community and organisational projects, including coordinating the EQUALS coalition of UK NGOs focussing on gender equality. Jess grew up in Sheffield and likes to talk about this a lot, as well as bikes, climbing and spreadsheets.
Bryony supported organisations in an operational and logistical capacity before joining Campaign Bootcamp. She worked a Scottish youth employment charity and volunteered to co-run the tenth Edinburgh World Justice Festival, then re-located to London where she cycles, reads and enjoys travelling to new places.
I studied Law and Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London, which ignited my passion for human rights and social justice. I currently work in the Social Marketing and Children & Young People's teams at Time to Change, England's biggest programme to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. I'm interested in intersectionality, with a particular interest in the experiences of people of colour within the mental health system.
As much as it's a cliche, attending Campaign Bootcamp 5 really did change a lot of things for me. Since then, I've worked as a Regional Campaign Manager for the Scottish Green Party and helped elect the youngest ever MSP. More importantly, I've a strong interest in campaigns for social justice and equality, really care about diversifying the campaign/organising sector and building effective solidarity networks.
Emma is Lead Campaign Strategist at SumOfUs.org, a global corporate watchdog group. She lives in rainy Vancouver, Canada, and when she's not fighting bad guys you can find her cooking, cycling, at rallies or dance parties (or rallies that become dance parties), with her cat, or weight-lifting.
I'm a grassroots campaigner and serial volunteer passionate about mental health, youth empowerment and tackling structural inequality. This time last year I attended Bootcamp 5 not really being sure of myself, but having learnt so much in just one week Campaign Bootcamp has formed an important part of my campaigning journey. I'm pleased to be back as an organiser and soon looking forward to the next part of my campaigning journey by joining Oxfam's campaigns and policy team.
I am curious about identity and difference and care about creating a more just and cohesive society. I have worked in the third sector on interfaith, community cohesion, liberation campaigns and creating political access for young people from under-represented backgrounds. I recently completed a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Oxford and am now working as a policy advisor in the Youth Policy team at the Cabinet Office.
These are external trainers who come from a wide range of campaign backgrounds. They come in to share their knowledge and experiences with the bootcampers in individual sessions.
Bex is a campaigns manager at 38 Degrees. She splits her day between writing emails, designing and managing campaigns. Bex has a background in corporate campaigning and previously worked at ShareAction, mobilising people power to make our financial system fairer. Outside of work Bex is usually watching, playing or talking about cricket.
Faiza Shaheen is an economist, writer, activist and commentator and is the Director of Class. Previously, she has worked as Head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children UK and Senior Researcher on economic inequality at the New Economics Foundation (NEF). Born and raised in East London, Faiza is a regular contributor to debates on popular news programmes including Newsnight and Channel 4 News, and has worked with Channel 4 and the BBC to develop documentaries on inequality.
Lola is a software engineer and poet; Nigerian-born, British-raised, she has a keen interest in diversity and inclusion, having started her own organisation that aims to encourage more black women and girls to get into technology. She runs a podcast and blog, as well as workshops and meet-ups. She has also published two poetry pamphlets and was awarded the Poetry Book Society's Autumn Pamphlet Choice.
Sami is a non-binary punk based in London; a digital fundraiser by day and an organiser and workshop facilitator by night, who's worked with Edge Fund and other grassroots funding orgs; a passionate science nerd; a lover of 90s teen coming of age films.
Carys has been working in communications for what feels like a lifetime but is actually seven years. She started out doing media for a parliamentary candidate who is now an MP. Then she spent three years at a PR and public affairs agency working for companies like Eurostar, BlackBerry and Universal Music. She headed up the communications team at the New Economics Foundation, then worked for another politician, shadow civil society minister Lisa Nandy. She's now Communications Director at SumOfUs.
Hanna is a Campaign Manager at SumOfUs.org. Before joining SumOfUs, she chased UN conferences around the world as part of the youth climate movement, founded the East London Green Jobs Alliance, was Co-Director at The Otesha Project UK, got an MSc in Climate Change & Policy, and worked on crowdfunded solar energy campaigns for 10:10. She is also an experienced trainer in anti-oppression and environmental justice. When she’s not at her laptop, Hanna likes biking, baking, and yoga-ing.
Before becoming a freelance campaigns consultant in July 2013, Hannah Lownsbrough was the founding Campaigns Director of 38 Degrees, a community of UK citizens campaigning together on the issues they care about. As a consultant, her clients have included GetUp.org.au, Friends of the Earth, SumOfUs.org and Save the Children International.
Kash, is the son of two immigrants (father from India and mother from Kenya). He grew up in Goa, India but has spent most of his life in London. He works full time as a digital campaigner for Greenpeace. Before that, he was really active in the international development movement and the student movement, where he discovered he quite liked changing the world. When Kash isn't at work he loves jumping up and down at gigs and staring lovingly at his vinyl collection.
Laura is a QTIPOC (Queer/Trans/Intersex Person of Colour) writer, artist and sit down comedienne who organises with Black Lives Matter. She lives in South East London where she never washes rice. Her favourite marathon TV is Orphan Black and she promotes wearing bedwear as daywear. Laura has a hearing impairment so please look at her when you're speaking.
I am passionate about campaigning and mental health. I have lived experience of mental health problems and know how important it is to look after my mental wellbeing. At university I campaigned to increase awareness and support available for students with mental health problems, and was named Yorkshire Woman of Achievement in Education. I have just started working at Mind and I am proud to be helping to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding at a national level.
Thank to our funders
Bootcamp wouldn't be possible without the amazing support of our funders and sponsors. This camp is made possible thanks to the following funders:
For campaigners of colour / BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) campaigners. There are also BME scholarships set out specifically for UK campaigners based outside of London.
This is a broad scholarship that can go to campaigners of colour / BME campaigners, disabled campaigners, feminist campaigners, campaigners from socially deprived areas, refugees, working class campaigners, LGBTQ campaigners or campaigners working on mental health issues.