Welcome by Director of Journey To Justice, Carrie Supple
All campaigns for justice are made up of individual journeys and everyone has a story to tell. June 21st 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the murder of civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andy Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Mississippi. The launch of Journey to Justice is dedicated to their memory. We remember Kevin Gately who was killed 40 years ago in a demonstration against the National Front, here in Red Lion Square.
It’s remarkable how much Journey to Justice has achieved in a year by what is essentially a group of volunteers. Huge thanks to the steering group, scores of volunteers, associates, patrons and advisers – too many to name here – for your time, energy and talent. We are very grateful to our funders for enabling us to organise this evening, develop our website, crowd funding, social media and start planning our 2015 pilots in Newcastle and Sheffield.
It’s wonderful to see the organisation grow from what was an inkling of an idea, born when I visited the King Centre in Atlanta, Georgia with my friend Jude in 2012. We have had a tremendous response from a fantastic range of people of all backgrounds and ages. Educators, young people and students, human rights and faith groups, artists, filmmakers, designers, fundraisers, media people, musicians, historians, curators, trade unionists and politicians. Journey to Justice strikes a chord for anyone
concerned about creating a more fair society. It’s a simple concept – that we can be inspired by the example of human beings who choose to stand up and challenge injustice. And that we must look after each other.
Carrie Supple, Director, Journey to Justice