This week, there are events every day around the country that highlight death in police custody, from meetings at Westminster, community events, conferences in universities, film screenings and a publication launch. The week culminates in the peaceful annual remembrance procession march on 31 October fronted by the United Families and Friends Campaign from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street, where a petition will be handed in to demand justice for those who have died in state custody in suspicious and controversial circumstances.
It is the final week of Black History Month – a month of celebration. This is not the history we want to ‘celebrate.’
Tues 27 Oct
Nottingham group Chat‘Bout launch a newspaper about racism, the criminal justice system and the role of women created in collaboration with artists Barby Asante and ‘sorryoufeeluncomfortable’, plus screening of films of the past and present looking at race, activism and social justice.
Venue: Nottingham Contemporary
Wed 28 Oct
Black Lives Matter Conference, Nottingham
Includes: A presentation on the first known black man to be killed by the police, David Oluwale in Leeds
A presentation on the role of poets in human rights campaigns with a focus on the Justice4Sheku campaign case as an example
Thursday 29 Oct
Meeting at Westminster
Sheku Bayoh Family hosted by MP Roger Mullins has invited other MP’s to listen to their case. Family Lawyer Aamer Anwar and Deborah Coles of Inquest will be present
Who Polices the Police?
Time : 18.30
Place: The Drum, Birmingham
Friday 30 Oct
Fruitvale Station with Uncle Bobby whose nephew Oscar Grant was killed by police on New Years Day 2009
(Sheku Bayoh Family members present, will also address audience)
Venue: Karibu Centre in Brixton:
Starting point: Trafalgar Square, London
End point: 10 Downing Street, London
Celebrating our Struggle
with hip hop artist Akala
Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies, (SOAS) Russell Square, London.
15 Nov: Policing the Crisis: Defend the Right to Protest conference, 15 November 2015