The panel’s letter included this feedback. We are delighted and say congratulations to all winners.
“We received a high volume of compelling applications and Journey to Justice’s proposal stood out for the timeliness of its subject and track record of exhibitions that bring activism into museums, as well as a host of other institutions…
It was a really inspiring, eclectic evening, bringing people together to unite around shared feelings of hope, resilience and a motivation to push for change – with beautiful music as well. Key themes that arose include the intertwined nature of economic and racial injustice. Speakers shared their individual journeys to justice ranging from marches for freedom in 1960s America, work tackling poverty pay and student action against racism today. JtoJ volunteers talked about our work on civil rights and challenging economic injustice.
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.
To mark International Human Rights Day, Journey to Justice is delighted to welcome Janice Kelsey, a US civil rights activist from Birmingham Alabama, whose story we tell in our travelling exhibition. She will be the main speaker at our online event with Bishop Jonathan Jackson, Senior Pastor at NTCG The Rock in Springhill, Birmingham.
They will be joined by other speakers from Birmingham whose work is focused on social and economic justice as we look at history, today and what we can do now.
Come and hear Rona Topaz (Disability Officer, Open Labour London) and Gail Ward (disabled advocate) discuss how to overcome barriers to employment for disabled people and the idea of a guaranteed basic income for all. October 29th, 8-9pm on Zoom
For anyone who wants to discuss what we can do about systemic racism.
Following the success of our July event where people shared their responses to the murder of George Floyd, there were requests for a chance to focus on what we can do about systemic racism – in the workplace or any institution, understanding where power lies and how to effect change.
Carrie Supple, director of JtoJ joined Bridget McKenzie of Climate Museum UK and Michelle McGrath of Museum of Muck on a webinar to discuss ‘Being An Activist Museum Worker’. Scores of museum workers took part and we talked about building solidarity in the ranks, how to bring systemic change in the sector and asked questions including, Is activism the business of museums? and Why are the oppressed doing all the work? It was a really fruitful discussion leading to new contacts and sharing experiences. Thank you to friends at the International Slavery Museum for inviting JtoJ to take part. Congratulations …
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.
For highlights of JtoJ’s year Oct. 2018 – Oct. 2019 we hope you enjoy our newsletter full of projects, people and places we visited and partnered with, plus fab photos and feedback. To make sure you are up to date with all JtoJ news sign up to our mailing list on the Contact Us page.
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.