BEMA are holding two events this week that are open to all –
The Ogaden: History, colonialism & National identity
Thursday – 6pm – Arts Lecture room 5
We will be looking closely at the crimes against humanity committed as a means of destabilising the region, driving ethnic Somalis out of their land as well as resistance and the use of poetry as a tool of survival and reaffirmation of their sense of national identity.
The evening will be concluded with traditional dances popular in the Ogaden Region.
Sound of da Police: Racism, Resistance and Police Brutality in Britain today
Friday – 6pm – Nuffield G17
Topics covered will include Deaths in Custody, racist Stop and Search methods, how Mental Health laws are used disproportionately to detain Black men, and the use of state violence against BME women and Muslim communities to maintain control and surveillance.
The event is open to all, students and non-students, and will include workshops on know-your-rights and stop & search.