A woman from the charity Hope Not Hate has started a group for people of colour in the Welsh capital.
Tatiana Garavito says, “people of colour do not really get spaces and the opportunities to get involved in political activism.” She plans to facilitate a space where this is possible.
People of colour black and brown can come and start discussing some of the issues they face in their communities and how they can overcome these issues.
We want to change the horrible narratives that have been used to talk about people of colour.
The group in Cardiff have been working on a campaign called ‘Barclays we are disappointed.’ Garavito says at least one in five migrants or refugees have had their bank accounts closed by Barclays or other banks. This makes it difficult for them to find work and earn a living. The campaign aims to put pressure on banks in the hope that they stop closing refugees’ accounts.
The People of Colour Collective in Cardiff has eight members.
Similar projects are going on in Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and other cities in the UK.