Extract from opening speech by Minkah Adofo of United Families and Friends Campaign:
“We are here today, at a very minimum, to say that these people, our loved ones, did not die in vain. Second, we are here today to say to the British government that we want justice. And third, we are here to recognise that these killings are not just about isolated officers… they are backed up by the state.
We want everyone to know this is not just an issue that affects the Black community, although we are disproportionately represented… In fact, the majority of the people killed in custody are actually white.
It’s important that you support the campaign, because an important question is raised over these killings, and the question is – what kind of society do we want to live in? It seems very clear to us, that we are living under a police state. Because when the police, and the various agencies of the state can go out and commit these brutal murders and get away with it, it means that none of us are safe.”
Also featured in the video:
Marcia Rigg, sister of Sean Rigg
Carole Duggan, aunt of Mark Duggan
Myrna Simpson, mother of Joy Gardner
Ajibola Lewis, mother of Seni Lewis
For a collection of tweets from the day, see here.
In August 2011 Britain was on fire – what was the spark that led to the crisis? When Mark Duggan was shot by the police the scene was set for a confrontation but it was not the first time. In this grass-roots documentary we hear why Tottenham burned, show how the flames spread and look at the deep-rooted reasons that have set fires blazing in the last four decades. Four people in this small community, all black and working class, have died at the hands of the police and this film retraces their story. Powerful witness testimonies are balanced against police reaction to the violence that exploded and the film offers a fresh political analysis of the cause of the uprising. Exploring ideas of collective memory ‘Burn’ is poetry for the people.
This event will feature a screening of the new documentary film by Migrant Media, followed by a Q&A with Marcia Rigg (Sister of Sean Rigg), Minkah Adofo (United Families & Friends Campaign) and Director Ken Fero.
The social media hashtag we will be asking people to use is #LCAPSV
We have the new addition of Marcia Rigg, who will be speaking about the recent developments regarding her brother, Sean Rigg’s case. We also will be running mini Stop & Search workshops as well as a speak-out session where all participants are invited to share their thoughts and experiences. Also we recognise that this weekend is the Stand Up for Ferguson weekend of action. We will show our solidarity with those fighting police brutality across the United States.
Our conference is about building our solidarity with one another and resisting together. Below is one story of the many rebellions we want to see across London and beyond: