We all share one history, one present and one future. With NUC Unchained: “shared history, shared future” we aimed to stimulate youths to realize their full potential and contribute to a better, more equal and just world. New Urban Collective (NUC) is an organization based in Amsterdam. In collaboration with the African Caribbean Development Foundation and We-Rember, NUC organized an eight day youth exchange between London and Amsterdam. The NUC Unchained London exchange was the culmination of a series of events such as debates, movie nights, master classes and more that we have organized in the year of 2013; the year we commemorated 150 years of the abolition of slavery in the Dutch Kingdom. Unchained refers to the celebration of “keti koti”; the annual commemoration of the abolishment of slavery. Literally meaning “cut chains” this symbolizes the freedom of the formerly enslaved people. Unchained also symbolizes the freedom of a decolonization of our minds, our freedom of thinking and speech, and the emancipation of mental slavery. The freedom to be ourselves.
NUC Unchained essays
This publication is a collection of essays written by the Dutch participants of the NUC London-Amsterdam Exchange (2014). They reflect on the main theme: shared history, shared present, and shared future. This bridges looking at the past and learning lessons from it, following the concept of sankofa, towards the contemporary issues as stake, and future goals and ambitions. The assignment was also to incorporate the question: What can we learn from the social movements of the past and what kind of movements do we need to fight for justice and equality within the context of contemporary society? As many of the participants are already, to some extent, familiar with socialmovements, this question triggers an analytical perspective.
The essay was also intended to incorporate a reflection on the exchange by answering the question: What have you learned from this exchange and what do you take back to The Netherlands? Since the Dutch participants were outside of their everyday surroundings, this question enables the authors to incorporate a global focus to their experience. The personal, subjective opinions of the authors is something to be valued. During the workshop, many participants requested more time for dialogue to share opinions amongst each other. These essays were written in that same spirit.NUC Words Spoken NUC Words Spoken is a collection of poetry in which participants of the NUC Unchained: London-Amsterdam Exchange (2014) shared their work during a workshop Spoken Word and Creative Writing. The workshop was hosted by Winsome Duncan at the BME, Croydon in London (UK) and part of a series of creative workshops. The poetry assembled in this booklet is written by the participants themselves. Therefore, its purpose is to commemorate the individuals and remind each other that during this workshop our sharing informed us, liberated us, and entertained us –in short, the words spoken moved us. This booklet reflects the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of young European students and young professionals of African descent and the commitment and potential of young organizations and participants. The project was powered by: Youth in Action programme of the European Union. We would like to acknowledge and thank all partner organizations ACDF (Bilal Ameen), We-Remember (Kojo Bonsu), the workshop leaders, the EU Youth in Action fund, all participants and the organizing comittee of NUC Unchained 2013: Jillian Emanuels, Amanda Veldman, Samora Bergtop, Shivani Jagroep, Louise van Bennekom, Ashaki Leito, Jessica de Abreu and Mitchell Esajas