#LocalLeadership Category

Heroism is not a leadership model social movements should adopt

Heroism within social justice campaign movements is an entrenched ideology and leadership model my generation seems to have unconsciously inherited from male-led and male dominated campaigns. We urgently need to rethink this model as the only way to campaign and to lead. If we are going to make any real impact in our lifetime we must […]

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Million Women’s Rise March

Honoured to speak at Million Women Rise march last weekend. The energy in the air was indescribable. We march against male violence and patriarchy and we wear red in solidarity with survivors ❤ Below is a copy of my speech- we must challenge patriarchy and we must challenge those who do not exhibit good sisterhood […]

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Warmest Thanks

‘ello!  Happy New year!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a well-deserved break.  Four years ago, Forest Gate North branch took a chance on a young 21 year old Labour activist and not only selected me to be their Labour Councillor candidate, but embraced me as a member of a supportive and […]

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Is our blood not worth more than oil #LibyaSlaveTrade

Last Saturday my friends and I joined the protest against the Slave Trade in Libya. We kept repeating ourselves in such disbelief “I can’t believe we are protesting about *this* in 2017”. Despite the weather reaching 0 degrees at some points the turnout and solidarity  was warming. I will say this though, it was disappointing […]

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My Visit to St. Winiefride’s RC School

After it was revealed that a local primary school in Newham had asked it’s pupils to come to school dressed as slaves to mark the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month myself and Cllr Beckles took these actions and on of them was to meet with the headteacher of St. Winiefride’s RC School. James and I were keen to hear the […]

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Follow up on Newham Black History Month

After it was revealed that a local primary school in Newham had asked it’s pupils to come to school dressed as slaves to mark the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month myself and Cllr Beckles took the following actions: We wrote joint statement  expressing our disappointment We wrote to Sir Robin Wales asking for an urgent meeting to discuss […]

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Black History Month- “First of all” Black People Existed Before Slavery

It was extremely disappointing and upsetting to read that a primary school in Newham had asked it’s pupils to come to school dressed as slaves to mark the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month. As local black councillors and having grown up in one of the most diverse boroughs in the UK it was surprising that […]

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Mayor of London’s Online Hate Crime Summit 2017

This morning I was up super early to speak with Jason Rosam on BBC London Radio to talk about the Mayor of London‘s brilliant new police unit to tackle online hate crime. The Online Hate Crime Hub is made up of specially trained officers who will work with community groups. social media organisations, academic hate crime specialists […]

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Why Local Politics Matters, And How To Get Involved

Last month, The Ethical Unicorn blogger, Fran interviewed me. We discussed the importance of local government, why and how to get more involved. “Today I’m so excited to share an interview with one of the most inspiring people I know, Seyi Akiwowo. I met Seyi several years ago, and have seen as she has worked for several […]

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Idea Inspired by Jeremy Corbyn #LocalLeadership

Not sure if it is egotistical of me to write a #LocalLeadership blog post about my own leadership skills but I think if I were to ask influential boss women like Nan Solane, Rachel Tripp or Lyn Brown I think they would say “WRITE IT SEYI! “.. ..so I am :). Rachel would actually say […]

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