published: 31 October 2021
Hundreds of friends and relatives of people who died in prison or police custody in the UK have held a rally and remembrance procession through central London, calling for justice for their loved ones.
The rally, which is organized by the
United Families & Friends Campaign, has taken place every year in London since 1999. The group is made up of bereaved families and others affected by deaths at the hands of United Kingdom police, in prisons, in immigration systems, and psychiatric custody. Continue reading “Hundreds march in London for those who died in state custody”
source: The Guardian
published: 17 February 2021
Black Lives Matter UK has announced £45,000 of funding to the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) to set up a “people’s tribunal” for deaths in custody.
The coalition group of family members who have lost loved ones in state custody, formed in 1997, is so far the largest recipient of Black Lives Matter UK’s initial round of funding.
Continue reading “BLM UK to fund ‘people’s tribunal’ for deaths in custody”
source: The Cherry Groce Foundation
published: January 2021
Statement from the Foundation:
On the 28th September 1985, witnessed by her children, Cherry Groce was shot in her home by the Metropolitan Police. The shooting of an innocent mother sparked the Brixton uprising, in which a community rose up in protest to the ongoing, systemic injustice faced by Britain’s black community.
Having been paralysed by the shooting, Cherry passed away as a direct result of her injuries in 2011.
Continue reading “Cherry Groce Foundation : Plans for permanent memorial in Brixton”
Image Credit: FreeRangeStock – Jack-Moreh
published: 9 November 2020
In October 2020 the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) annual protest & rally moved online with a powerful video tribute that remembered the victims and heard from some of the families affected. See report here >
Traditionally, a letter is hand delivered to 10 Downing Street with the demands to reform state custody practices and procedures. This years letter was sent by post and is reproduced in full below.
Continue reading “UFFC 2020 : Annual Letter to the UK Prime Minister”