Oxford Community Action’s #Black Lives Matter Anti-Racism Pledge

#BlackLivesMatter – Oxford Community Action stand in solidarity with all those demonstrating and protesting as part of the #Black Lives Matter Movement in the US, UK and globally against the racist killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We understand that working to enable Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals and communities to reach their full potential and enjoy equality, as active citizens in the UK and globally, entails sustained commitment to challenging and opposing systemic-institutional and structural racism. ‘Grenfell Tower’, the ‘hostile environment’, ‘Windrush Scandal’, the adverse and disproportionate impact on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities of the Covid-19 pandemic, the disproportionate numbers of deaths of Black people in police custody and those subject to the criminal justice system, highlight the race and class inequalities. This necessitates urgent actions in uprooting systems of racism in the present, which are inextricably linked to the structural racism of the past. As an anti-racist, social justice coalition of multi-ethnic community groups and collective of ethnic minority voices, Oxford Community Action reaffirms it’s commitment to opposing all forms of racism.

And in this present moment, we make a pledge to call out and oppose the particularly virulent form of racism that is Anti-Blackness.

#BlackLivesMatter

Oxford Community Action is supported by East Timorese Community Association, The Syrian Community in Oxford and Oxfordshire, Sudanese Community Oxfordshire, Oxford Swahili Community, Nigerian Community Oxfordshire, Palestinian Oxford Community, Algerian Community Oxfordshire, City College Oxford and One Justice.

Mujahid Hamidi – Director, Oxford Community Action

Hassan Sabrie – Director, Oxford Community Action

Nigel Carter – Secretary, Oxford Community Action

Rosalia Da Costa – Chairperson, Oxford Timorese Community Association

Hadi Nuri – SYRCOX Leader, The Syrian Community in Oxford and Oxfordshire

Amier Alagab – Chairman, Sudanese Community Oxford

Mohammed Said Mohammed – Oxford Swahili Community

Alhaji Taofik Shodunke – Nigerian community Oxfordshire (NICOOX)

Khaled Al-Qadi – Palestinian Oxford Community

Feras Al Zudi – CEO, City College Oxford

Imade Edosomwan – President, One Justice

Sasha Johnson – Secretary General, One Justice