Interrogating State Violence: Custodial Deaths, Justice and Resistance

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Venue: Friends House, The Light
Booking details: Free entry; booking required

Interrogating State Violence: Custodial Deaths, Justice and Resistance
by Centre for Research on Race and Law, United Families & Friends Campaign and Migrant Media

A conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Families & Friends Campaign will take place on 26 October 2018 in London. The conference aims to bring to focus research on the issue of deaths in custody in the UK. The anniversary event will map trajectories of struggles for justice over two decades, highlighting new research and policy directions, as well as offering contextualised and historical understandings of state violence.

Keynote Speakers

Akala - BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur

Janet Alder - sister of Christopher Alder who died in Hull Police Station in 1998 and who has since campaigned for justice

Sherene Razack - Distinguished Professor and the Penney Kanner Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies

 

Event Times


Interrogating State Violence: Custodial Deaths, Justice and Resistance

Friday 26 October 2018, 9am-9pm

Venue: The Light, Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1

Interrogating State Violence: Custodial Deaths, Justice and Resistance
Friday 26 October 2018, 9am-9pm. Venue: The Light, Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1

Provisional Programme (please note that these times are subject to change)

9.00 Arrival and registration

9.30 Introduction

9:45 Panel 1: The Mirage Of Accountability

Chair: Nadine El-Enany (Centre for Research on Race and Law)

Timeline of Dissent - Saqib Deshmukh & Zia Ullah (Justice for Paps Ullah Campaign)

Family justice campaigns and the Angiolini review one year on - Deborah Coles (INQUEST)

The perpetual killing machine - John Moore

A system designed to fail - Dr. David Baker

11:15 Tea and coffee

11:30 Keynote 1 - Akala (BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur)

11:50 Keynote 2 - Janet Alder (Sister of Christopher Alder who died in Hull Police Station in 1998)

12:30 Lunch break

13:30 Panel 2 - Evasion and lessons learned

Chair: Ken Fero (Migrant Media)

Strategies for campaign into law - Marcia Rigg and Aji Lewis (Justice for Sean Rigg Campaign and Justice for Seni Lewis Campaign)

Violences during deportations - Monish Bhatia

The unaccountability of blackness: the anti-black logics of English police officers’ accounts as provided for inquests - Carson Arthur

The David Bennett Institute for Black Mental Health: Reclaiming our Madness 20 years on - Dr. Joanna Bennett

15:00 Tea and coffee

15:15 Keynote 2 - Sherene Razack (Distinguished Professor and the Penney Kanner Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies, Canada)

16:10 Panel 3 - Strategies for the future

Chair: Kadija George (Sheku Bayoh Campaign)

From Protest to Change - outcome-focussed campaigning - Tippa Naphtali (Mikey Powell Campaign)

From racism and pathologisation towards transformative visions to prevent state deaths - Dinesh Napal

Comparative Struggles for Justice Internationally - Nosa Imaghodo

From Love to Justice: Families’ Interrogation of Racial State Violence Nadine El-Enany (Centre for Research on Race and Law)

Launch of the UFFC justice research project - Lisa Cole (Justice for Marc Cole Campaign)

17:55 Summary and discussion

18.15 Break

18:30 Film and Q&A

INJUSTICE (98 minutes/Migrant Media/Ken Fero & Tariq Mehmood) - The struggles for justice by the families of people that have died in police custody (Winner Best Documentary BFM London Film Festival 2002, Winner National Social Justice Award 2003, Winner Best Documentary (Human Rights) One World Film Festival 2003. Distributed by the BFI).

Q&A with Marcia Rigg, Stephanie Lightfoot Bennet, Aji Lewis, Myrna Simpson, Germaine Phillips, Kadi Johnson, Tippa Naphtali, Lisa Cole, Raj Mahay and other families.

21:00 End

 

UFFC 20th Anniversary Procession

Saturday 27 October 2018

Venue: Assemble at Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square, London at 13:00

Hosting Organisations

- United Families & Friends Campaign

- Centre for Research on Race and Law, Birkbeck Law School, Birkbeck College, University of London

- Migrant Media

- 4WardEverUK

The United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) is a coalition of family justice campaigns affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody. Established in 1997 initially as a network of Black families as a response to a string of highly controversial deaths, over recent years the group has expanded and now includes the families and friends of all those who have died in custody.


This event is free however booking is required via this page.

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Speakers

Janet Alder - sister of Christopher Alder who died in Hull Police Station in 1998 and who has since campaigned for justice

Sherene Razack - Distinguished Professor and the Penney Kanner Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies

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