Journey to Justice Annual General Meeting, November 14th 2020 by Zoom
We were delighted with the turnout of members – 35 from Italy, the USA and all over the UK. We welcomed four new trustees: Tania Aubeelack, Veronica Fletcher, Duncan Moore and Rebecca Walker who wowed the audience with their reasons for wanting to become part of the JtoJ team.
We said goodbye, with heavy hearts, to trustees Mark Hutchinson and Sheri Lawal and thanked them for all their time and talent they have given us for years. Members agreed to extend the number of trustees if necessary and the 2019-20 accounts were accepted. We outlined our planning for the next three years and our forthcoming priorities which include the Economic (In)justice project, putting our travelling exhibition online and finding a permeant home for the exhibition.
Our report of last year’s incredible catalogue of activities was well received. You can read it here
And we outlined how JtoJ has been able to make great progress despite the pandemic. Because we are all volunteers and with no office, our financial commitments are minimal. Coronavirus and the response to the murder of George Floyd amplified those inequalities JtoJ was created to address.
After the AGM, Dr Velma McClymont spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community and Black Lives Matter protests and the need for white allyship. Dr McClymont is a lecturer in British Colonialism and the Black Experience in Britain, a writer, community advocate and speaker.
With eternal thinks to everybody who helped make this past year another remarkable one – all volunteers, trustees, donors, advisers, patrons and partners.
“I wanted to drop you a line to say how impressed I was reading the AGM report on last year’s activities. It was wonderful to see the number, variety and richness of the activities. The thing that struck me was how each of the activities really reflected the individual nature and character of the community in which they were staged. This shows the real commitment to community led activism. Hats off to you the Trustees and team of volunteers. That is a hard thing to pull off.”
“I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed and valued the opportunity to come up to date with Journey to Justice’s inspiring work at yesterday’s online AGM. With AGMs aplenty in our life, this was the only one at which we have felt deeply moved by the contributions from attendees. JtoJ’s volunteers are wonderfully diverse, empathetic and dedicated. It was inspiring to hear of the achievements, aims and plans in which they have all played parts.”