What is Blaksox

Call to ActionBlaksox was formed on October 1st 2015, the first day of Black History Month in Britain. It was as a result of four public events concerning the increasing levels of violence impacting London’s Black communities, particularly the women and young people. Nearly 2000 people attended those events. The initial £219.54p that kick started Blaksox was raised at the community event in Lewisham, organised by Sharon Hunter Cobbina as a consequence of the local killings of two young men within a two week period. The event was opened with a speech by Lee Jasper hyper link to the speech, and closed by Viv Ahmun, who called for the 450 people in attendance to support the creation of a social action movement dedicated to the community ‘doing for self’.

Blaksox is a response to the sense of frustration felt primarily in Black and other poor communities who feel locked into a cycle of social inequality, deprivation, poverty and violence and locked out of economic opportunity.

Blaksox is an income generating social action movement formed to inspire marginalised Black communities to respond to an increasingly challenging and changing political and economic environment.

Blaksox focuses on community driven mobilization and capacity building to ‘do for self’.

Action not words – We believe that:

  • By empowering our communities to take greater control of our lives and families, we can promote well-being, safety, social unity and prosperity.
  • The organic development of community assets and resources and the support and active development of local leadership into a coherent and effective community action framework can best achieve this.
  • The development of social capital is essential to enable the process of community empowerment.
  • The principles of #ethicalleadership and genuine transparency are essential to any such effort.

If people don’t think they have the power to solve their problems, they won’t even think about how to solve them.

Saul D. Alinsky,

Our Focus

We are engaged in a concerted effort to unlock the huge reserves of human capital currently underutilised in deprived Black communities across the UK, which includes working with statutory bodies to more appropriately commission services from those within Black communities who are better placed to meet their community’s needs.

Our immediate focus is on promoting this paradigm shift in thinking, whilst building economic capacity within communities to more effectively respond to the challenges they face in what will be an increasingly polarised environment. We aim to do this by following the core principles of social action and by the provision of ongoing training and human resource support that facilitates that change.