Sweden’s society vices that emanates from segregation, repression, political and juridical injustices prevalent among the immigrants made suburb organizations in Stockholm to partner with social movements in New York and Johannesburg at the seminar jointly organized by Black Coffee and Megafonen at Husby Träff in Stockholm, to discuss social movement and its importance on democracy and establishing more socially, culturally and politically sustainable cities.
Among the invited guests were civil right activists and lawyers from United State of America, Carl William. A researcher and immigrant right advocate from South Africa, Aline Mugisho was part of the speakers at the seminar.
The Husby resident law student, Rami Al-Khamisi opened the seminar with a newly written report on ways social movement interact with progressive lawyers to achieve important social and political objectives. He also emphasized how law can strengthen people’s situation, the civil society and challenge existing social structures.
Aline Mugisho narrated her struggle and frustration as a Congolese migrant living in Johannesburg, South Africa and the strategies that she developed in order to survive the volatile environment while fighting for access to her right. The processes lead her to a job as an editor for an English tabloid paper and later as a public relation officer for African Diaspora Forum (ADF), in South Africa. The ADF is an umbrella organization of migrants living in South Africa created in the aftermath of the 2008 xenophobic attacks specifically to work for an integrated society that is free of xenophobia and all other kinds of discriminations. The organization also creates awareness against stigmatization of blacks in South Africa, give legal advice on proper integration for new immigrants and campaign against xenophobia.
Carl Williams spoke about human right, resistance against oppression relating his experience on the Black Lives Matters-movement in USA. He also touched on other movements within the society that organize themselves within USA’s poor city districts with the aim of achieving an increased civil right influence, human rights and a just resource distribution. He advised the audience at the seminar on how to get effective civil rebellion against social injustices not through violence but rather through physical presence by showing solidarity, creating an agenda and supporting social movements that fight for just and equal society.
The seminar ended with a panel discussion which was moderated by Araia Ghirmai Sebhatu, founder of Black Coffee where the audience was able to ask questions.
Aline Mugisho narrated her struggle as immigrant in South Africa
Carl Williams spoke on human right and Black Lives movement in USA
Rami Al-Khamisi with Megafonen member holding his newly written report
Araia Sebhatu as moderator for panel discussion at the seminar
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