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Hugh is a poet who grew up in Hackney during the 1970s at the height of the SUS era. Learn about his experiences and how he became a writer. Curriculum links: PSHE, Citizenship, Politics, English, Creative Writing
In 1982 Goga Khan was one of the Newham 8, a group of young Asians whose case upheld the right of self defense and highlighted racism in the police force. Learn about his case and how others organised to defend him. Curriculum links: PSHE, Citizenship, Politics, Law
Martha Osamor is a Nigerian-British politician, community activist and civil rights campaigner. Martha was one of the founders of the Scrap SUS campaign and the United Black Women Action Group in Tottenham who later became part of the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent(OWAAD). Learn about her work as an activist and politician.
Curriculum links: PSHE, Citizenship, Politics
Panel member of the 1997/99 Home Office inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, Richard also served as a Cabinet Advisor to the Mayor of London and as President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. Learn about how Richard became an activist through his experiences of police brutality and poor housing conditions affecting his patients in Notting Hill in the 1970s. Curriculum links: PSHE, Citizenship, Politics, Law
“In England and Wales, the ‘sus law’became the informal name for section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 which permitted a police officer to stop and potentially convict individuals as ‘suspected persons.’ Section 4 was repealed in 1981 following uprisings in Brixton.”Based in Brick lane, we at Fighting SUS recorded oral histories in order to preserve and explore the events, effects and significance of the SUS laws. This is our creative response to the oral histories we recorded and our findings in various archives such as the Bishopsgate Institute, National Archive and George Padmore Institute. Our artistic expression branches through poetry, spoken word, drama, rap, singing and music.
WHY ARE WE CALLED FIGHTING SUS?
Despite repeal, SUS may have embedded itself into modern society: using art, research and oral histories, we are fightingSUS and its legacies in present-day Stop and Search, systemic racism and social injustice.We started out as a small group of young people in year 10 in January 2018, researching the history of the SUS law and interviewing individuals affected and campaigners who fought for the repeal of SUS. This summer, our group expanded to create artistic responses, do research and learn about the SUS era: the nation’s history of black power, rebellion and resistance.
TEAM: Jolina Bradley, Esmeralda Atikpoe, Mariam Bangura, Saqif Chowdhury, Shanaz Conteh, Thery-Claire (TC) Leshe, Tania Aubeelack, Jessica Lima, Liza Akhmetova, Memuna Rashid, Sarah Ogunfeyimi, Brandon Leon
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