JtoJ trustee and Sheffield teacher Mark Hutchinson was on BBC Radio Sheffield on 13th June 2020, discussing the history of the Sheffield Ladies Anti-Slavery Society, statues and what schools should be teaching about Black history today. Listen to the interview here:
Seeing George Floyd murdered in front of our eyes and the eruption of pain and rage which followed, has galvanised a phenomenal determination around the world to bring real, systemic change. It was a tipping point for those who are tired of yet another atrocity.
Benjamin Zephaniah said the number and range of people speaking out and marching in solidarity gives us hope, but the road is long. The work of Journey to Justice is an ongoing response to centuries of racism.
We welcomed members, volunteers and partners from Liverpool, Norfolk, Sheffield, Bristol, Leicester, London and Middlesbrough. The morning was spent developing ideas for our Economic (In)Justice project which was very fruitful indeed.
Tania Aubeelack spoke powerfully on behalf of JtoJ. She talked about the Mangrove 9 campaign for justice, focused on the role of Althea Lecointe Jones, physician and leader of the UK Black Power Movement.
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We were delighted to be invited by Islington Faiths Forum (IFF) Director, Roz Miller, to work in partnership with members of the forum to present assemblies to schools in Islington on the theme of peace. Read all about our visit here.
I went to Budapest to attend a ‘Youth Activism, engagement and civic learning’ conference funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the culmination of an international project. I enjoyed hearing speakers from Lebanon, Hungary, Australia, Hong Kong and Spain and UK youth activists (Advocacy Academy, MAP Youth in Norfolk and the British Youth Council).
I am a proud Hong Konger. Born and educated here, but also a white English speaker – with citizenship elsewhere. Many recent commentators would try and have you believe my presence at the protests confirms foreign intervention, a hidden international agenda. Some say that I, and the other two million protesters are paid, and give undeserved focus to the seven people holding Stars and Stripes flags.
This session focused on our work with local communities in the UK, including those tackling racial inequality. We made connections to key actors including Bayard Rustin, Paul Robeson & more recent activists.
I really enjoyed celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Kick It Out. It was well-hosted and everyone who attended the event had a genuine passion and commitment to transform the world of football into a better and more inclusive place. Carrie, Martin, Parul, Pat, Tamla and I ran a stall showing our films and examples of how our work links with various sports.
It has now been over a month since I have returned home from my time in London. Looking back on my trip, I can see how much I have grown from the new experiences I had. I remember being so nervous to navigate the underground whirlwind which was the tube system on my very first meeting with Journey to Justice. By the end of my time there I felt as familiar with the tube lines as the back of my hand.
Journey to Justice painted a far more beautiful picture of London for me than I ever could have done on …
Watching the plaque honoring Fredrick Douglass be unveiled is such an empowering experience. This is the very house where he stayed and was able to eventually buy his freedom. This is a beautiful honor and tribute to such a dark time in history.
It’s 6:30pm on a Monday night and I am an American college student taking an unfamiliar form of transportation, commonly known as the ‘tube’. I am on my way to go to a local library café to meet a group of various people I have never met before. I have arrived in London but a mere three days prior and I am praying I am heading in the right direction. I get off the train at my stop, make my way to the …