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The Black Gold Injustice: A Permanent Condition?

*Race * Poverty * Environment * Justice * Action*

Join a new series of events to explore how our daily lives connect to climate change in Africa, the Caribbean and beyond
A global economy based on fossil fuels will lead to more natural disasters, resource wars and scorched frontiers of oil & gas exploration. Across the world, it is our Black and indigenous communities who are hit hardest by climate change and pollution. But why should these groups be denied the right to livelihood, or to clean and healthy environments? Social justice movements can challenge the ‘environmental racism’ embedded in our dependence on fossil fuels.

Reserve tickets ASAP on Email: [email protected][2] and tel: 07758253823.

16th April – 6pm African, Caribbean Network Office, 6pm, 30 Bell Street, Glasgow – Ben Amunwa of the remember saro-wiwa  project leads “No Condition is Permanent: oil politics and resistance” – a discussion-based workshop on strategies to address environmental injustice, it’s race, class and gender impacts, in Africa and beyond.

19th April – Edinburgh University, Balcony Room, 12-2pm Ben Amunwa of Remember Saro-Wiwa Project leads “No Condition is Permanent: oil politics and resistance” – a discussion-based workshop on strategies to address environmental injustice, it’s race, class and gender impacts, in Africa and beyond.

19th April Aberdeen 6-8pm – University of Aberdeen (MacRobert Building near the intersection between King Street and St Machar Drive) MacRobert Building King’s College, Aberdeen, AB24 5U -Debate: ‘”Exploitation or Development? Oil, Politics and Human Rights in Nigeria” – Ben Amunwa of Remember SaroWiwa Project and other speakers. With a discussion on “how women’s experiences of our local environments are significant in understanding the power structures that determine the global conditions of our struggles.”

3rd May – Edinburgh University, Teviot Dining Room 1-3pm – Maria Adebowale – Director Capacity Global – Living in a clean and health environment is everyone’s right

3rd May – 6pm Glasgow, African, Caribbean Network Office, 30 Bell Street, Glasgow -Maria Adebowale – Director Capacity Global – Living in a clean and health environment is everyone’s right.

Black Gold Injustice organisers are from all over the UK. We recognise the integral links between anti-racist struggle, social justice and environmental injustices. We are committed to integrating an anti-oppression framework and analysis into all of our work. This means addressing whose voices are heard, which priorities are chosen, what actions are taken, who does the work, and who gets the credit.

Our aim is to connect our communities fighting for basic human and environmental rights whom refuse to let ourselves or those close to us, live in uninhabitable conditions. We will continue to provide tools and perspectives for developing multiracial perspectives and inclusive strategies for action to defend our communities for dignity and justice in the face of growing inequality.

Supported and Organised by:

The African and [3]Caribbean Network Ltd (A&CN)[4] is a voluntary sector umbrella organisation and coordination body providing surgery, advice and support services in housing, anti-poverty work, employment, group capacity building and community development for 40+ African and Caribbean community groups representing 10,000 people in Glasgow and the surrounding region.

So We Stand[5] is a peoples movement for empowering social change building self defence strategies to better our lives and communities.We provide training, support, and solidarity to grassroots struggles for environmental, social and multi-racial justice. We engage with popular education to build a culture of creative action and self-determination connecting different local experiences of injustice to protect life.

AfroGossip[6] are an inspirational medium for African & Caribbean communities based in Scotland? We promote and encourage greater awareness and appreciation of the African culture through media. We showcase and create opportunities for fresh talent and already established entertainers/ performers of all backgrounds while developing Black pride to challenge wrongful stereotypical views associated with people of black origin.

AMINA – The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre[7] is a Scotland-wide Charity works with mainstream agencies and policy makers to enhance their understanding of muslim community and of barriers preventing muslim women from accessing services and participating in the society. MWRC also provides direct helping services, community development and a listening ear to muslim women.

Remember Saro-Wiwa[8] is a coalition of UK-based organisations and individuals encompassing the arts and literature, human rights and environmental and development issues.

Platform London[9] works across disciplines for social and ecological justice. It combines the transformatory power of art with the tangible goals of campaigning, the rigour of in-depth research with the vision to promote alternative futures.

Capacity Global[10] believes that everyone has the right to live in a clean and healthy environmen. Any action, item or process infringing on this right can be described as environmental injustice. We work specifically with people and communities in urban areas, who suffer most from environmental injustice, to ensure their voices get heard and fight environmental injustice to create opportunities for environmental justice.

Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA)(http://www.seda.uk.net/[11]) aims to promote the design of communities, environments, projects, systems, services, materials and products which enhance the quality of life of and are not harmful to living species and planetary ecology.

Gratefully Supported by:

Artists Project Earth (APE) (www.apeuk.org/[12]) aims to create a better world through the power of music and the arts.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://remembersarowiwa.com/wp-content/uploads/BGI-I.jpg
  2. [email protected]: mailto:[email protected]
  3. The African and : http://www.acnglasgow.org
  4. Caribbean Network Ltd (A&CN): http://www.acnglasgow.org
  5. So We Stand: http://www.sowestand.com
  6. AfroGossip: http://www.truegossip.co.uk
  7. AMINA – The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre: http://www.mwrc.org.uk/
  8. Remember Saro-Wiwa: http://www.remembersarowiwa.com
  9. Platform London: https://www.platformlondon.org/
  10. Capacity Global: http://www.capacity.org.uk
  11. http://www.seda.uk.net/: http://www.seda.uk.net/
  12. www.apeuk.org/: http://www.apeuk.org/