The Reverend Osagyefo Sekou – a leading organiser of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, to demand justice for Michael Brown – will be visiting the UK in January for a solidarity tour. He will speak alongside Carole Duggan, Marcia Rigg, Janet Alder and other campaigners and activists around the issue of deaths in custody.
We hope this tour will help amplify solidarity for families and protesters in Ferguson and across the US. We also want to renew support for those here in Britain who have suffered injustice at the hands of the state and are fighting to end the culture of impunity that protects the police.
Rev Sekou will be in Britain from 23 to 30 January 2015. The tour will cover Brixton, Tottenham, Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton and other cities. We will publish more details on this site as they become available. See below for statements from campaigners in support of the tour, from Marcia Rigg, Carole Duggan and the Reverend Sekou, together with our launch statement and a biography of Rev Sekou.
The Ferguson Solidarity Tour has been initiated by: Defend the Right to Protest, United Families & Friends Campaign, NUS Black Students Campaign. Supporters include: Justice for Mark Duggan, Justice for Leon Briggs, Sean Rigg Justice & Change Campaign, Justice for Christopher Alder, Justice for Kingsley Burrell Brown, Justice for Thomas Orchard, Julian Webster Campaign, Birmingham Strong Justice 4 All, Friends of Mikey Powell, INQUEST, RMT Black Solidarity Committee, 4WardEverUK, Youth Project Moss Side, GBC Manchester, Black and Ethnic Minorities Association, rs21, UCLU BME Students Network, Hysteria, KCL Intersectional Feminist Society, KCL African & Caribbean Society, KCL Action Palestine, KCL Ethnic Minority Association,BARAC, I Too Am Sussex, School of Global Studies – Sussex University and others tba.
We are keen to work with other campaigns, trade unions and activists in organising and funding the tour – get in touch to get involved. You can email us at fergusonsolidarityUK@gmail.com