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7th June 2020

Radio interview on the show “Dagens P1”

19th June 2020

Theresa Elise answered questions about daily encounters with racism and the problems concerning the handling of racism in Norwegian Schools.
 

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Collecting stories of experienced encounters with racism in Norway

 

Founding Meeting

12th February 2020 

Founding Meeting: Afryea Collective was founded in London on February 12th 2020 with the intention to strengthen identity, build community and celebrate diversity whilst promoting female+ creators.

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9th June 2020

Speech: Demonstration for George Floyd

Theresa Elise shares some of the stories shared on Afryea Collectives Instagram about racism in Norway under a memorial for George Floyd in Trondheim, Norway.
 

 
 

In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and the global Black Lives Matters demonstrations that followed Afryea Collective, in June 2020 to collect stories about experiences with racism in the Norwegian society. This was because whilst people were coming forward with their stories they were met with the statement “Racism doesn’t exist in Norway”. This resulted in close to 120 individual stories where approximately 60%  of the stories had taken place in Norwegian schools and of these 60% many concerned teachers who had ignored the problems their pupils were faced with or who themselves had stated racist remarks. Afryea Collective chose to be vocal about these findings as many of our members have themselves had experiences with racism in Norwegian schools and knows first hand how damaging it might be.

Graphic Design: Malin Rotnes

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27th June 2020

Opening of Trondheim Pride

4th September 2020

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"In 1969, people gathered in the streets of New York to fight for their fundamental rights and stand up against Police Brutality. The Stonewall riots were met with criticism of violent riots by the protester, rather than criticism of the background for the protests.

In 2020, people are again gathering in the same streets to fight for their fundamental rights and to stand up against Police Brutality. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations are met with criticism of violent riots by the protesters, to a greater extent than criticism of the actual treatment of black lives.

One cannot be a champion of Pride without being anti-racist or without standing up against transphobia, misogyny, biphobia, ableism and other forms of oppression.

We must stand together in the fight against ALL oppression. We cannot proudly talk about our equal society until that equality encompasses us all."

Norwegian: 

“I 1969 samlet folk seg i New Yorks gater for å kjempe for (sine) grunnleggende rettigheter og stå opp imot unødvendig og urettferdig maktbruk fra Politi. Stonewall riots ble møtt med kritikk av voldelige opprør fra demonstrantan sin side heller enn kritikk av bakgrunnen for protestene.

I 2020 samler folk seg igjen i de samme gatene for å kjempe for (sine) grunnleggende rettigheter og imot unødvendig og urettferdig maktbruk fra Politi. Black lives matter-demonstrasjoner blir møtt med kritikk av voldelige opprør fra demonstrantene sin side, i større grad enn kritikk av faktisk behandling av svarte liv.

 

Man kan ikke være forkjemper for pride uten å være antirasist eller uten å stå opp mot transfobi, kvinnehat, bifobi, funksjonshat og annen undertrykkelse. Vi må stå sammen i kampen mot ALL undertrykkelse. Vi kan ikke med stolthet snakke om vårt likestilte samfunn før den likestillingen omfatter oss alle.”

 

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Meeting Camilla Trud Nereid, Director of Upbringing and Education

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The First Kanko-Meeting: “How to become a proactive antiracist in Norway”

7th July 2020

Learn how you can become a proactive antiracist in Norway.

 

Join Afryea Collective at Pöbel Bar July 23 and take part in an interactive conversation about racism. We will be hearing from people who themselves have experienced racism and from others who actively work against racism in the Norwegian society. They will share their experience and give advice on how we all can become proactive antiracists.

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Conversation: «Discriminated»

29th July 2020

Theresa Elise in conversation with Azra Halilovic and Norwegian Minister of Culture, Abid Raja about racism and discrimination under the festival “Olavsfest”. Hosted by  Litteraturhuset and Adresseavisen.

Read the original article here

 

First Article: “Dear Teacher, You can stop Racism”

14th August 2020

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Sandra Abena Nøsen Opoku og Theresa Elise Nøsen Opoku, spoke, on behalf of Afryea Collective, at the opening of Trondheim Pride September 4th 2020.

Racism in Norwegian Schools

19th June 2020

Request to the Minister of Education to call for action

Young women want better handling of racism in Schools,

Read the original article here