UFFC 20th Anniversary conference and rally…
source: Tippa Naphtali
published: 2 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.
Other keynote speakers included Janet Alder, the sister of Christopher Alder who died in Hull Police Station in 1998 and who has campaigned for justice ever since, and Sherene Razack, distinguished Canadian Professor and the Penney Kanner Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies.
A number of other presentations were delivered by family campaigns, support organisations and scholars including Saqib Deshmukh (Justice for Paps Ullah Campaign), Deborah Coles (INQUEST), Marcia Rigg and Aji Lewis (Justice for Sean Rigg Campaign and Justice for Seni Lewis Campaign), Tippa Naphtali (Mikey Powell Campaign / 4WardEverUK), Dinesh Napal (Graduate in Law, Development and Globalisation) and many others.