Our History

Our History4WardEverUK for Justice!

4WardEverUK was launched on 1st June 2006 by its founder, Tippa Naphtali, the cousin of Mikey Powell, who died in the custody of West Midlands police, Birmingham, UK in September 2003.

Established as a community collective, our 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 in custody; including the death penalty, other injustices and human rights abuses in the UK and internationally.

Feeling passionately about custody deaths by Tippa Naphtali

“We face neither East nor West; We face forward. All men of goodwill, organize, organize, organize. We prefer self-government in danger, to servitude in tranquility. Forward ever, backward never”  Dr Kwame Nkrumah

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Mikey PowellThe History:

The Mikey Powell Campaign for Justice website had become a widely used reference and information resource for many families, their friends, supporters and campaign groups.

Growing from their experiences and struggles following Mikey’s death in September 2003, his family wanted to do something to give exposure to his story.

In a very short time they met with other affected families who, like them, had no voice on the worldwide web; and what began as a basic website focused on Mikey’s case gradually developed into something much more comprehensive. A separate entity was needed to cater for this.

The Now:

The 4WardEverUK website was developed and launched in 2006 by Mikey’s cousin, Tippa Naphtali. It has grown considerably in its content and now has more than 2,000+ visitors a day on average (and growing) from around the world.

We support work for police, penal and mental health reforms in the UK and internationally. This is done through our website, other online resources, the organisation of and participation in events for justice, and direct support of families through our various services and resources.

4WardEverUK is dedicated to the memory of Mikey Powell, and continues to work with other campaigns, organisations and other families aacross the country and abroad in giving exposure to their issues and causes.

Funds are raised to support our work through advertising, donations from families and friends, some of 4WardEverUK’s services, Tippa’s personal investments, and through part of the proceeds from a partner agency, First Stop Web Design.

The Future:

4WardEverUK maintains this  website and other services to provide profiles,  news, event details, resources and useful  information, appeals, and photo galleries in  relation to deaths in custody and other injustices.

We want to ensure that our site can be a useful resource to a range of individuals, groups and organisations that are seeking to influence reform and provide assistance to affected families, supporters and friends both in the UK and abroad.

We will also be organising a series of film screenings, music, arts and other events in conjunction with other campaign and reform groups from home and abroad.


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