published: 12 September 2016
“Thanks to Dane Cobain for this write-up on the Youth Voices 4 Justice event”. Tippa Naphtali (founder, 4WardEverUK)
Hi, folks! I’ve got something a little bit different to you today. A short while back, I was lucky enough to be invited to perform at the Youth Voices 4 Justice Benefit show at Six Ways Erdington Baptist Church. It was a great night, to raise the profile of the National Family Fund and custody death issues, which I’m going to tell you all about.
It was organised by 4WardEver UK, a community collective providing news and information sharing services for our readers and members. Their purpose is to provide a one-stop-resource for case profiles, news and event details, useful resources, statistics, appeals, and more in relation to deaths and abuses whilst in custody; including the death penalty, other injustices and human rights abuses in the UK and internationally.
Custody death organisations are often considered to be controversial, despite statistics showing that it is actually a problem, and so the event organisers struggled to find a venue that would put the show on. Eventually, they settled on Six Ways Baptist Church in Erdington, a little outside Birmingham’s city centre in one of the suburbs, and so that probably contributed to the (relatively) disappointing turnout.
Tippa Naphtali said; “I was so disappointed with the turnout at the Youth Voices 4 Justice event on 9th September. I’m tiring of big talk and little action when it really matters….”
A 4WardEver volunteer, Zinzi Eka-Naphtali; “I suspect brotha Tippa Naphtali is referring to the primary objective (raising funds for the Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund Appeal) rather than the event itself. After months of hard work, preparation and marketing I would say this is an understandable response by him”.