published: 17 November 2018
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.
The UFFC rally & protest
This years event was attended by about 400 people including the family campaigns of Kingsley Burrell, Leon Patterson, Kishni Mahay, Marc Cole, Sheku Beyoh and many others, as well as groups such as INQUEST, Fight Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter, London Against Police Violence and others.
Families addressed the crowd giving their accounts of what happened to their loved ones and their long and continuing fights for justice and accountability. See full 2018 report here >