Read Britain and the struggle for human rights an article by Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC – JtoJ steering group member and founder of human rights law firm Bindmans LLP; Chair of British Institute of Human Rights 2005-13. Legaladviser to the Race Relations Board 1966-1983.
On 21 June the wonderful Conway Hall was host to our launch – a night of song, dance, poetry, film and speeches celebrating movements for social justice – compered by our Chairman Mark Hutchinson. There was a full house and teams of dedicated volunteers prepared delicious food and drink, all donated. The launch was made possible by our funders and the hard work of 40 volunteers and 45 performers. Many in the audience have given to our crowd funding campaign – thank you!
“Ben, make sure you play ‘Precious Lord, Take My Hand’ in the meeting tonight, play it real pretty.”
These were the last words uttered by Martin Luther King on 4th April 1968 to the musician Ben Branch. Today, Journey to Justice launches its first project examining the creativity of and links between the American civil rights movement and social protest in Britain. King’s words hint at the inextricable link between struggle and song. Many have been inspired by the principles and passion that were invoked and the manner and methods used in the struggle for human dignity and justice. And for …
All campaigns for justice are made up of individual journeys and everyone has a story to tell. June 21st 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the murder of civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andy Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Mississippi. The launch of Journey to Justice is dedicated to their memory. We remember Kevin Gately who was killed 40 years ago in a demonstration against the National Front, here in Red Lion Square.
It’s remarkable how much Journey to Justice has achieved in a year by what is essentially a group of volunteers. Huge thanks to the …