I am passionate aboutI am very passionate about social justice and working in collaboration with
others to bring about social change, particularly for those coming from the
most marginalised communities.
Growing up in a socially deprived community, social justice is something very
important to me. As I have both experienced and witnessed first-hand how
issues such as; poverty, racism, inequality and a lack of opportunities, can
affect communities for the worse.
I understand the dark and ugly reality that many people face who are growing
up in communities like Peckham where I grew up. I understand their
frustration with the political system and their inability to have faith in a
system that they feel cannot resolve their issues. However, I am determined
and have faith that there is still hope and that things can change for the
better. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye or stick our heads in the
sand, saying 'things will never change'. WE are that hope and the change that
we wish to see.
When it comes to bringing about change I have realised that you are either
part of the problem (by doing nothing) or part of the solution (by doing
something) their are no in-betweens. I have decided to be part of the
solution and I pray many others join me to be part of the solution too, so
that we can make this world a better place. It's not going to fix itself.
ActionsThrough the work I do with ClearView Research I am able to conduct research
and produce reports looking into several social issues such as crime, housing
and political apathy. These reports have been influential in terms of
changing the way decision-makers perceive these issues and these reports have
been referenced in parliamentary debates.
Through the work I have done as a Director at Bite The Ballot, I have worked
on developing and executing national campaigns to get young people to
register to vote and turn out to vote on election day. In 2014 we created the
annual National Voter Registration Drive in the UK and since we have been
coordinating this campaign almost 2 million millennials have registered to
vote. Our recent campaign that we coordinated ahead of the EU referendum
called #TurnUp, was the most successful registration drive in any Western
democracy (per capita) contributing towards 1.1 million under 34 year olds
registering to vote. As part of this campaign, we formed partnerships with a
wide range of partners from private, public and charitable sectors such as:
Twitter, Facebook, Uber, Deliveroo, Tinder, NCS and UK Youth.