Last year the Grenfell Tower fire highlighted the failure of our political discussions to include and provide adequate housing for those quickly being left behind. Into the gap has stepped social activists doing much more than raising awareness but channeling funds, organising and campaigning. Their response to Grenfell has shaped our engagement with politicians and the press. This session explores the consequences of Grenfell on activist movements with community organiser Pilgrim Tucker, Emma Dent Coad MP and Grime artist Saskilla. Chaired by humanitarian worker and activist, Samra Said.
Born in Leeds and raised in South London, Saskilla began MC’ing at the age of 15. He gained prominence on the grime scene as a member of famed collectives Roll Deep and Nu Brand Flexxx before releasing his solo album Godson of Grime. Since the Grenfell Tower fire, Saskilla has been actively involved in Grime for Grenfell and hasn’t shied away from confronting questionable narratives around the tragedy. He tweets at @saskilla.
Pilgrim is a community organiser and campaigner who has worked for trade unions and charities. Her work focuses on housing and estate regeneration and she supported the Grenfell Tower Residents Campaign and the Grenfell Action Group. She tweets at @PilgrimTucker
Emma Dent Coad MP
Emma is the Labour MP for Kensington. She served as a council-appointed board member of Kensington and Chelsea TMO, the tenant management organisation which manages the council’s housing stock, from 27 June 2008 to 31 October 2012. She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kensington at the 2017 snap election and continues to fight for justice for the Grenfell residents. She tweets at @emmadentcoad
Samra is a humanitarian and creative who has worked in the charity sector for over 15 years. She manages UK domestic programmes, and in this role led Human Appeal’s response to the fire at Grenfell Tower. Samra is passionate about tackling homelessness and rough sleeping. She tweets at @Samra_Said