12: Burning Work: field map

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This chapter explores techniques for navigating and contesting the racialised legal geographies and policy frameworks that have disproportionately harmed multiple areas of life for people of African heritage within postcolonial Britain. The author draws on his own heritage, and gatherings with colleagues, friends, family and elders. The chapter begins at Elouise ‘Mama’ Edwards’ celebration of life in March 2021 – a towering figure within the African Caribbean diasporic community and beyond, who was committed to the community work of building support structures as foundation for freedom and balance. The writing of this chapter also cuts across and connects insights from organising with Windrush Defenders Legal C.I.C. and Channels Research Group; Q&As with civil servants; data analysis; libations; drumming; collaborative writing; counter archives; forums; judicial reviews and footnotes linking the multiple electronic languages of digital documentation. This poetic constellation of media and words maps the field through which memory survives – establishing lines of sight – towards scripting dreamt formulations of reparative futures.

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