The National Memorial Family Fund – Ambitious plans for the future!

NATIONAL MEMORIAL FAMILY FUND

source: 4WardEverUK
published: 13 April 2021

The National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund has unveiled some ambitious plans for the future. It is hoped that the new initiatives will be rolled out over the next 3 years.

Support will also be provided by 4WardEverUK, Catalyst 4 Change CIC, Birmingham Irish Association, Migrant Media and the United Families & friends Campaign and others.

See current Memorial Family Fund grants and services here:
www.memorialfamilyfund.org.uk/future-plans

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The Watchmen : State Violence in a Democracy

French Riot Policesource: Bella Caledonia
published: 4 April 2021

The role of the police in western society is beginning to be understood and challenged in ways that were inconceivable only a decade ago. The belief in ‘law and order’ and the infallibility of the police – or at least their role as a force for moral good in a system designed to uphold basic rights was deeply held.

But the deluge of state violence now routinely witnessed and shared has fatally undermined that belief system and exposed as being based on a set of myths. ‘Policing by consensus’ – the idea that you can only police a society if a level of good relations is maintained is under threat and new radical notions of abolishing the police system as we understand it are emerging.

How did this happen?
Police forces in the US and Europe work in different social contexts, with different histories and different gun laws, but for many years now people have witnessed and shared police violence and gained an insight into how they operate.

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BLM UK to fund ‘people’s tribunal’ for deaths in custody

Akala Supports Families
Akala Supports Families @ UFFC Conference London 2018 – Image credit Natasha Thompson

source: The Guardian
published: 17 February 2021

Black Lives Matter UK has announced £45,000 of funding to the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) to set up a “people’s tribunal” for deaths in custody.

The coalition group of family members who have lost loved ones in state custody, formed in 1997, is so far the largest recipient of Black Lives Matter UK’s initial round of funding.

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