The BLM Global Chats Instagram Live series discusses all matters relating to the progress, lessons learned, and future of global Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities and movements. We invite social justice activists, advocates, policymakers, and experts to share their perspectives and stories, in order to educate and spread understanding. This series informs audiences and serves as a historical archive of the voices behind the global BLM movements.
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Bwalya Sørensen – Black Lives Matter Denmark
Black Lives Matter Denmark
Bwalya Sørensen accepted an invitation to establish a BLM chapter in Denmark in 2016. She was motivated by her indignation provoked by the migrant and rejected asylum seeker prisons. Since then, the chapter has grown to be a national antiracist, decolonial, and influential movement for change. BLM Denmark is a voice for the racialised voiceless, fearlessly speaking truth to power and confronting racism.
Sonya Renee Taylor – The Body is Not An Apology
Dismantling Systems Of Oppression From Within
Artist, Activist and transformational leader Sonya Renee Taylor is a National and International award winning writer and performer, published author, and founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, an international digital media and education company committed to radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool of social justice, whose content reaches over 1 million people monthly. Sonya currently resides between California and New Zealand where she is an inaugural fellow in the Edmund Hilary Fellowship for global impact change makers. You can learn more about her radical self love work at www.thebodyisnotanapology.com
Dr. Ian Ralby – I.R. Consilium
Justice In Theory & Justice In Practice
Dr. Ian Ralby is founder and CEO of I.R. Consilium, a family firm that provides leading advice and assistance on maritime and resource security. He is a Senior Fellow at the Global Energy Center of the Atlantic Council, and previously spent three years as a Maritime Crime Expert for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Global Maritime Crime Program, and four years as an Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies. He continues to serve as an expert advisor and consultant for various government agencies, international organizations, and private sector entities.
Kaelyn Apple – Yale University Student
The Importance of Black Studies in College Curriculum
Kaelyn Grace Apple is a first year combined PhD student in the Department of History and African American Studies. Her research focuses on the origins and legacies of slave laws in the British Atlantic, looking specifically at matrilineal slave laws passed by the Virginia General Assembly prior to the American Revolution. Apple is deeply invested in ongoing studies of slavery, legal history, and gender along with providing access to higher education for likeminded students.
Jermoh Kamara – HVK Children’s Foundation
Black Lives Matter Movement in Africa
Jermoh Kamara is a native of West Africa, Liberia and a resident of Worcester, Massachusetts. She is the founder of HVK Children’s Foundation, a public health focused non-profit, which works with rural schools in Liberia. Kamara serves on multiple boards, including African in Worcester Response to COVID-19, and has an extensive background in international development and public health.
Mayor George Hansel – Keene, New Hampshire
Local Politics, Diversity, and Decision Making
George Hansel is Mayor of Keene, New Hampshire, and vice-president and co-owner of Filtrine Manufacturing Company. Hansel is committed to improving the live of Granite Staters. He has worked on public policy in New Hampshire across a wide variety of issues including: public higher education, homelessness and economic development.