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Black Words Matter

By |July 19th, 2016|

Today, we’ll be sharing our films, poems, and other alternative media at ‪#‎BlackWordsMatter‬ Rich Mix London: a conversation about media justice – poetry – film – performance.

How do Black words matter? To whom should they matter? And aren’t words only part of the story? And what about the power to have those words heard […]

A Reminder for Our Liberal Selves

By |July 19th, 2016|

by Sai Murray

A Reminder for Our Liberal Selves:

Black people are systematically destroyed by the media and the marketers

as well as by police bullets.

Black voices are destroyed by well-meaning White voices

We do know… it’s Christmas
We know what time it is
We have known the time, calculated the time
lived in rhythm with the moon cycle and seasons for […]

Sarah Reed – Shake! statement of support

By |February 7th, 2016|

Sarah Reed – Shake! statement of support:

Please come to this vigil tonight, 7pm outside Holloway Prison. Sarah Reed’s murder holds up what we know already, we know that people of colour and women will only ever be safe outside the system. Outside state structures that are in fact systems of oppression. Sarah encountered state violence […]

NEW NARRATIVES – Shake’s Social Policy Seminar

By |June 2nd, 2014|

For four months, we at Shake! knocked about the idea of what the content for our “Social Policy seminar” should be. We rigorously discussed how it should function as a tool for change. It only came to light after two months that we had an  issue with the title – social policy seminar. Not because we […]

Guest Blog by Saara: Review of Riots Reframed

By |May 7th, 2013|

–> Hello! My name is Saara and I’m going to be helping with the continuity workshops at Shake! Particularly with the monthly film screenings. I am really excited to get involved and learn from everybody!  I recently graduated from Leeds Uni in International Development and Spanish and am now […]

Don’t throw activist histories away: The Huntley Conference on Arts & Activism, Culture & Resistance

By |February 21st, 2012|

El CrisisThere were over a 100 artists, activists, community workers, young people, archivists & conservators, educators, parents, grandparents, policymakers……taking part in talks, creative “Groundings” sessions, a parallel youth conference, music & poetry performances, from the fabulous El Crisis, younger talented artists, and the more experienced……discussing race and power, creativity and resilience, protest and activism…..and feasting on […]

‘Arts & Activism, Culture and Resistance’ event, 18th February, London

By |February 1st, 2012|

Just booked tickets to this event for young people, artists and activists at London Metropolitan Archives near Farringdon. LMA have a big collection on anti-racist struggle in London in their Black Caribbean Community Archives*.Looks really really interesting, with great artists running sessions including Roshini Kempadoo, Jean Joseph, Errol Lloyd, and includes a youth conference. Step […]

Conviction of two of Stephen Lawrence’s murderers: a new chapter

By |January 7th, 2012|

4  days ago, after 18 years, Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty of killing student Stephen Lawrence in a racially motivated attack, while he waited with a friend at a bus stop in Eltham, London.Young women perform a piece for Stephen at Shake’s event ‘Britain on Trial’, Leeds, Oct 2011Artist: Pati BonganiEveryone involved with Shake! […]

Solidarity and justice for Stephen

By |November 21st, 2011|

Doreen speaks at the Shake! Preview, Feb 2011’I can’t tell you what art does or how it does it, but I know that often art has judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past has suffered, so that it has never been forgotten. I know too that […]

Zodwa Nyoni – A Letter for Mama Oluwale

By |November 3rd, 2011|

One of the most successful aspects of Britain On Trial was the coming together and sharing of experiences between active, articulate, dedicated young people from two different parts of the UK and from two different artistic organisations – Leeds Young Authors and Shake!. Zodwa Nyoni, a Leeds Young Authors alumni (Leeds Superheroes of Slam winner […]

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