Journey to Justice

Economic Injustice

Manchester CWU report

On 13th March we were in Manchester taking part in a CWU conference for activists thinking of standing as candidates for councils or Parliament. We ran their final session on ‘Antiracism, class solidarity and building community.’

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JtoJ’s workshop with Take Back The Power at the Winch

On Thursday 10th March 2022, Tania and Martin from Journey to Justice delivered a workshop on economic (in)justice in the UK at the Winch (https://thewinch.org/), a youth charity based in Camden.

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Members of the Journey to Justice team delivered a workshop on racial and economic justice to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in Birmingham (Feb 2022).

Using our unique approach to social justice and human rights education, the CWU regional leads were invited to consider the present day challenges and injustices facing their membership through an historical lens. We presented participants with lesser told stories of collective and individual action from our Archives of Activism: our civil rights exhibition (www.jtojhumanrights.org.uk/) and economic injustice sites (www.economicinjustice.org.uk).

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Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival – 5th December 2021

At the 8th annual Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, members of Journey to Justice hosted a panel discussing Economic (In)Justice, Class and Education. We showed a short extract from our mini documentary, focusing on class and education, made with the film production company Rainbow Collective.

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The grand launch of two new JtoJ online resources June 17th 2021 on Zoom

Over 100 guests attended what was an unforgettable evening and a celebration of scores of people’s talent and time. We love both resources and are so grateful to the designers, builders, film makers, all participants, volunteers, funders, advisers & exhibition schleppers.

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Economic (In)justice: systemic stress and the working poor – a personal take

Whenever I look at my parents, my heart immediately fills up with a huge burst of gratitude and recognition for all the sacrifices they have made to help and support me and my brother achieve a good education and a kind of societal status that would somehow elevate our value in the eyes of others around us, those withholding the keys to opportunities, and access to major institutions.

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Who Will Champion the Rights of Those in Clothing Poverty?

In 2018 Sharewear Clothing Scheme launched Clothing Poverty Awareness Day (9th June) to highlight the hidden issue of clothing poverty in the general population. Today the charity holds a Clothing Poverty Awareness Week to continue the conversation about this under-reported issue. This year’s #CPAW2021 runs from the 7-13th June and Louise Cooke, Founder, CEO and Head of Operations, writes a blog asking us all to consider the everyday impact of clothing poverty.

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Breaking our fall

“Life balances itself on a precarious ledge”[1]. Those of us with assets built through a good education, enterprise or class hand ups can shut our eyes to the ledge. We can delude ourselves we are in control of our lives. But sometimes we misplace our step on the precipice……. For me, my stumble came in my 30s when I lost my home after the breakdown of a long-term relationship. Then 20 years later another one with a second redundancy that went on for 6 months. But I was lucky. I could lean on my assets to cushion my fall; sheltering in a friend’s spare room the first time and drawing on savings the second time.

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Cause and Effect – Differences of the Rich

In my late teenage years, and like many in that age group, I had a taste for worldly literature and an admiration for cynicism. My friends and I were therefore impressed [and reassured] by a reputed exchange between two writers of the early twentieth century, seen by us as the gentle and naïve F. Scott Fitzgerald and the tough and cynical Ernest Hemingway.

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How we talk about protest matters

As a linguist, I care greatly about language – it’s a means by which we shape opinion and convey ideas. In relation to protests and social movements, language is of particular importance; it’s a means by which support is rallied and wants are communicated. Language is also the means by which the public learn about protests and social movements, especially through press coverage, which plays a substantial role in giving protesters a platform to amplify their voices.

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