A brief visit to her website will give you this:
“Sanchia Alasia is a Labour Councillor for Alibon Ward in Barking and Dagenham and a specialist in French politics.
Sanchia has been selected as one of the six new Labour Party candidates for the European elections in 2014 in the London region.
After working with Labour Party activists to defeat the far right in Barking, Sanchia now wants to use this direct experience to help sister parties fight the far right across Europe.”
Now, here is how I got to meet this fearlessly ambitious woman of Colour, henceforth one of my many heroines.
I was working on a project and I needed some contacts given that I was a few months old to Belgium and well isn’t it most about who you know?
The hunt began. I literally hacked into Sanchia’s world. Hm, at some point, maybe not because me though, but she changed her email address. That did not stop me and I just continued writing to her and she kept politely saying she was too busy.
The project came and went but I felt I needed to meet with Sanchia before she became an MEP and I couldn’t anymore right? Hahaha.
We started to get along but each time we thought we could meet, one person’s schedule got sort of jilted and so bam no meeting.
My breakthrough just came last week or so when Sanchia told me she would be in Brussels this week.
Of course you can imagine my panic! I booked two lunch dates in case she could only be available for either of the days. I sent her reminders, shared the events on google calendar and sent hangouts, sms and what have you.
D-Day came and we met for lunch at the European Parliament itself.
The picture surely speaks for itself.
We sure look like sisters from different mothers right? Hm, I sure do want some of Sanchia’s drive oh me who is just a year old in Europe but who is looking at taking it by the horns in a very short time to come.
So, for a woman of colour, ( don’t mind her nationality on the passport because your colour makes a sometimes unpleasant difference) to be this assertful in Europe, is a sure feat not to be overlooked.
I obviously literally interviewed her and here is a sum of what she told me
I also asked her if there was anything I could do to help with her campaign as you can see from the hangout below (ignore the time for that’s how some of us work):
It is therefore for the above reasons that I consider Sanchia a heroine of mine.
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