Alton Open Minds

We are moving online

Alton Open Minds is delighted to be able to re-start it's programme by moving online and to be introducing Tumu Johnson as our first speaker to this new format who will be inviting us to 'explore disability'.

Please scroll down to read more about Tumu and her presentation and click on the link below to register if you would like to join us.

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Alton Open Minds

We are a new initiative in the Alton area that aims to create a welcoming and informal space for people to connect with others around a range of social and political themes, issues or challenges of our age.  In current times when strong, often polarized positions appear to emerge all too quickly the Open Minds initiative hopes to enable a move away from fixed, static viewpoints towards more open and enquiring conversations where a range of perspectives are allowed to flourish and develop.

The Open Minds initiative will run every month from the New Year 2020 for 6 months.  Each evening or ‘conversation’ will begin with an invited guest introducing a specific theme for discussion before a space is created for the audience to engage in ‘conversation’ around the theme.  The participation of audience members will be voluntary.  Themes are likely to include the climate emergency, migration, modern day slavery, gender identity and homelessness. The series has been designed to encourage people to come to as many 'conversations' as they can rather than to 'pick and choose' specific themes. 

Alton Open Minds is supported by Alton Quaker Meeting.  It is not intended to promote the Quaker faith.  It is hoped that the event will be of interest to all.

The views expressed by invited guests will not necessarily be representative of  Alton Open Minds.  

 
"Exploring Disability" - Tumu Johnson
Aug 29, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Tumu Johnson

Tumu is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist who works in the NHS and is entering her final year of doctoral studies. She is an experienced trainer and group facilitator; she has worked at a local level on community peer counselling projects and was a co-facilitator on an international project focused on strengthening womxn (*) leaders in progressive social justice organisations across Europe. She is currently an interim director at the disabled women's collective, Sisters of Frida and has been involved in intersectional feminist organising.

* the word 'womxn' is used intentionally and includes trans, non-binary and cis women leaders

Tumu will explore various understandings of disability and the implications these have on the lives of disabled people today. Thinking about the medical model, social model and disability justice framework; Tumu will share her reflections on these different approaches informed by her lived experience of being disabled. She will highlight some of the oppression and harm that disabled people experience today in the context of the global pandemic and explore the intersection of ableism and racism. Tumu will share some examples of resistance and the work of disabled people to build liberated communities, which sustains her hope. 

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore is a professional fundraiser and has raised over £3 million in voluntary income for environmental and social justice causes. 


Sarah offers freelance Fundraising and Strategy consultancy and is currently working with Unseen UK supporting the charity in its fight against human trafficking and modern slavery. Prior to this role she was Director of Fundraising,  Membership & Communications at Avon Wildlife Trust and has also worked for International NGO TREE AID, Triodos Bank and Friends of the Earth. 

Sarah will bring our attention to the shocking evidence that more people are trapped in slavery around the world today than at any other time in history. Modern slavery is everywhere, even right on our own doorsteps. In fact people are being forced to work in horrific situations, for little or no pay in every town and city in the UK. 

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Lyndsay Burtonshaw

Lyndsay Burtonshaw is the Turning The Tide Programme Coordinator for Quakers in Britain. They are a participatory facilitator and activist, inspired by witness in action, Paolo Freire, and Beautiful Trouble. Working with the Training for Transformation principle of meeting people where they're at, Lyndsay specialises in workshops on public speaking, power and priviledge, white allyship for racial justice, non-violent direct action, and spiritual activism. Lyndsay is part of the Stansted 15, and likes to ride bikes, swim in the sea, and herbal medicine.

Tatiana Garavito

Tatiana Garavito is an organiser and facilitator working on issues around migration, race and climate justice. She has many years’ experience leading the strategic work of social justice organisations and over three years’ experience in training development. She is one of the co-directors and facilitators of Organising for change, a training collective aiming to build transformative cultures, share organising tools, and help organisations manage the transition from traditional campaigning to organising approaches. She is a founding member of Wretched of the Earth, a grassroots collective for Indigenous, black, brown and diaspora groups and individuals demanding climate justice and acting in solidarity with our communities, both here in the UK and in the Global South.  Tatiana currently manages the Sanctuary Everywhere Programme at British Yearly Meeting, Quaker House, London which currently works with local Quaker groups on migrant and racial justice.

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Upcoming Conversations 

 

1930 29th August 2020 (online)

Exploring Disability

Date to be confirmed

Hidden in plain sight - modern day slavery in the UK

Date to be confirmed

Moving into Social Action

Date to be confirmed

Still Fighting Colonialism

Presentations and Conversations

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Exploring Disability 

Tumu Johnson

29th August 2020

Wooden Door

Hidden in plain sight - modern day slavery in the UK

Sarah Moore

Date to be confirmed

Rock Maze

Moving into Social Action 

Lyndsay Burtonshaw

Date to be confirmed

Flowers on Wood

Still Fighting Colonialism 

Tatiana Garavito

Date to be announced

 

Previous Events

The Climate and Ecological Emergencies - Haley Pinto

Sea Turtle
Moving People

Exploring the Role of Gender in our Lives - Sally Wrenwood 

Homelessness - D. Hunter

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