Campaigning news collective, 4WardEverUK, is to launch a new website in 2019 to raise both awareness and funds for an initiative inspired by Mikey Powell, who died in police custody on 7th September 2003.
Mikey’s cousin, Tippa Naphtali said; “This fund has the potential to make a real difference for families and their campaign groups that need financial support during the often long and drawn out struggles for justice that can last for decades.
“The needs of affected families and children often get lost in the equally important work of campaigning and lobbying of state institutions. We want to change that with a permanent national fund set up specifically for their needs.“
Come and join IWOC London and friends on Monday 17 December for a screening of INJUSTICE – Ken Fero’s award winning documentary about the struggles for justice by the families of people that have died in police custody.
The fund will make small grants available for families and their campaign groups across the UK to provide practical domestic assistance, to further the work of their own campaigns or to assist them in engaging in other local, regional or national campaigns, events and initiatives.
This year the United Families marked the 20th year of the annual rally and protest by also holding a conference on 26 October, followed by the rally on 27 October from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street.
The conference entitled Interrogating State Violence: Custodial Deaths, Justice and Resistance, was a co-production by the Centre for Research on Race and Law, United Families & Friends Campaign, Migrant Media and 4WardEverUK.
Over 250 people attended the conference held at The Light, Friends House in Euston London. It was opened by Akala (BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, Supporter of UFFC), with a powerful statement on social justice and progression which earned him a standing ovation.