Journey to Justice

Migration Matters Festival

Every third week in June during ‘Refugee Week’ in the UK, the Migration Matters Festival, returns to Sheffield. It’s an international arts festival celebrating the contributions of migrants & refugees who have come to Sheffield.

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Great news from Nottingham!

Abi Rhodes, our wonderful Economic (In)Justice Project coordinator, has been successful in her application for a 6-month Fellowship with the University of Nottingham.

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Continuing our partnership work with the Communication Workers Union

On May 18th Journey to Justice met the National Executive of the CWU at their headquarters in Wimbledon, London. We were delighted to be invited to present our Economic (In)Justice resources, with a focus on ‘community-based action for change’.

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Journey to Justice and the University of Leicester – our partnership grows

JtoJ is delighted to be working with Professor George Lewis at the University of Leicester in order to find a permanent venue for our civil rights exhibition. After five years touring to 15 communities in England, seen by over 180,000 people, we can’t wait to see it installed in a new home in Leicester.

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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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Judge Craig Mitchell: The Superior Court Judge transforming lives on Skid Row

Hannah Simpson, a journalist, documentary researcher and Journey to Justice volunteer, has written a blog about an inspirational judge on LA’s Skid Row, who set up a running club for homeless individuals almost ten years ago.

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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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About Food Poverty

Despite being one of the richest economies in the world, the UK has one of the worst food poverty rates in Europe.

A person is said to be living in food poverty when they cannot afford to buy sufficient quantities of nutritious food. Food poverty often means having to skip meals and going hungry, or eating unhealthy foods which lack nutritional value.

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Why your mindset may be a barrier to tackling inequality

We walk through life with a set-up that discriminates against many people while masquerading as an inevitable norm. For somewhere along the line, inequality was built into systems that seek to prevent us from thinking outside this framework of existence where a minority live a luxurious life. We may no longer be ruled by monarchs and their social class, but we have wealthy groups of people who may as well be royalty when we consider how insulated they are from the impacts of poverty.

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How do we create an economically just society?

Helen Barnard, director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, advises activists: think big, campaign smart and seek the common ground not the high ground.

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Unforgettable memories of US Civil Rights movement veterans

Read these two fascinating articles with US Civil Rights movement veterans by JtoJ volunteer Hannah
Simpson, shedding light on unforgettable experiences and their lasting impact.

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JtoJ on BBC Radio Merseyside

Ngunan Adamu of Radio Merseyside interviewed JtoJ director Carrie on International Women’s Day 2021 about our aims, work and impact.

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