Ruth Potts has over 20 years’ experience of work in teaching, research, public affairs, arts and events roles that have focussed on, in her words, “interventions designed to question, and transform, the way that we live”. In the last five years she has been arrested twice, found not guilty once, and staged multiple interventions designed to make us turn away from the usual social distractions and instead pause, question and transform.
Most recently you took part in a peaceful protest to prevent a deportation flight due to send 60 people to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. What drove you to do this? What impact did this have?
“These secretive government flights leave from remote parts of airports in the middle of the night sending people who may have lived here for decades, are our friends and neighbours, to places where, at best they have little connection, and at worst their lives are at risk. The 15 of us who took part in the action had read the testimonies of three of the people due to be on the flight, who all had real reason to fear for their lives, and we acted because stopping the flight was the only way we could guarantee their safety. When the system fails, people ask for help and we have no choice but to intervene.”
Interview by: Nadya Powell / Photography by: Delia Spatareanu