Reparations Motion Statement to Bristol City Council

Shawn SobersMon 01/03/2021 11:38To: democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk Dear Bristol City CouncilI write this is support of the Reparations Motion, which is being tabled tomorrow, March 2nd.Bristol has a global reputation of being a progressive, forward thinking, innovative and independently minded city.  Passing this motion for reparations would position the city as a global thought leader, and be respected

Why we remember the Battle of Adwa.

“Do not return evil for evil. Do not indulge in the atrocities which the enemy has been practicing in his usual way, even to the last. Take care not to spoil the good name of Ethiopia by acts which are worthy of the enemy.” Emperor Haile Selassie I – May 5th 1941 I meditate on this quote

Statement in solidarity with the Colston 4

Greetings to you today, January 25th, 2021 My name is Dr Shawn Sobers, and it is an honour to make this statement today in solidarity with the Colston 4. George Floyd in the United States, was killed on May 25th, which is a date known as African Liberation Day. It is so named to commemorate

Parallel State – Setting the tone of the nation state, the civic and the hyperlocal.

Thank you for this invitation to speak at this Parallel State event. In this short address I’d like to share some thoughts relating to three dimensions of the politics of human experience – the nation state, the civic, and the hyperlocal. The Nation State Setting the tone of a Nation State is part of the

Tory policy vacuum

From what I’ve seen, this Tweet screengrab is pretty accurate. Even Boris himself only criticises Corbyn rather than talking about his own policies. Tory policies tend to be centred around self-interest of the wealthy, or those who want to gain wealth irrespective that it will be at the expense of others. That’s not good to

DECOLONISATION VS SELF-DETERMINATION

Just trying out these sentences, seeing how it feels saying them out loud…. 1) If only we built up our own spaces, with the same energy that we try to decolonise other people’s. 2) If only we built up places that already belong to us, rather than attempting to decolonise spaces that don’t. 3) With

There to witness.

In Birmingham with family. 4pm-ish. Pouring with rain, I had my hood up and an umbrella. Saw a Black boy running from a police car. They jumped out, caught him, pinned him down and cuffed him. I ran across the road to get closer to them. Told my family to keep on walking, while I

A call for a Black Bristol filmmakers archive – (Introduction to ‘Talking About Trees’)

[This introduction was delivered verbally, not reading from a script. The below speech was written up afterwards from notes and memory, with some additions placed in brackets.] Introduction by Dr Shawn Sobers to the film ‘Talking about Trees’. Afrika Eye Film Festival – 10th November 2019. Watershed, Bristol Welcome to the final film of the