A new fund to support the election of Greens of Colour has raised over £20,000 in its first few weeks. The fund is named after Deyika Nzeribe, who tragically died last year on 1 January – months before he was due to contest the Manchester Metro-Mayor elections.
His activism in Manchester included involvement in the local Environmental Education Network, the PAC45 Foundation – which commemorates the 1945 Pan African Congress – and the Northern Police Monitoring Project. Deyika was also a local poet and heavily involved in supporting black theatre, film and cultural life.
The fund aims to support people of colour to be elected at all levels of government as Green Party representatives. Samir Jeraj, former councillor and Hackney Green Party coordinator, has been appointed as the interim chair of the fund, and over the coming months will be putting together a board to set a strategy and start investing the money in a new wave of Green Party candidates.
Attendees gathered to launch the fund at the Black Cultural Archives on Windrush Square, Brixton, on 21 June – the day before Windrush Day, the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush from the Caribbean at Tilbury Docks.
Local poet and Lambeth Green Party local election candidate Michael Groce entertained the audience, who heard from friends and comrades of Deyika, leading Green Mayors Magid Magid and Cleo Lake, and outgoing leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Barley.
Magid explained: “We’re launching this fund today because the Green Party recognises its own shortcomings when it comes to diversity, and because we’re committed to making that right.”
“We see the climate crisis,” Lucas added, “and recognise that it’s one that affects those in the Global South first and worst.”
For more information about the fund visit https://greenparty.org.uk/deyikafund