Self-help support vs ravages of 'welfare reform'. Never attend anywhere official alone!
This blog currently focuses on national policy matters that impact upon KUWG members.
Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group as a group focuses primarily on combating benefits injustices locally through advocacy in individuals' benefit claims, and demonstrations that emphasise that there is hope when we come together. We are more angry than frightened.
The trial of the three guards who restrained Mr Mubenga on
board a British Airways flight is likely to finish next week. Closing
arguments are expected to start Monday. The jury is likely to go out
Wednesday and we urge all who can to come and bear witness in the final days
of the trial.
A member of the All African Women’s Group (a
self-help group of asylum seekers) from the Congo who has attended regularly
said: “Witnesses describe Jimmy calling
out “I can’t breathe”, and asking for help but he didn’t get it.What happened to Jimmy can
happen to any of us anywhere, unless justice is done.”
Women of Colour
Global Women’s Strike, which has helped co-ordinate a rota of people to
go to the trial, says:
"We are attending the trial to
support Mr Mubenga’s family and to demonstrate to
all that Jimmy’s life mattered. 827 people have died
in police custody since 2004 many of them people of colour. It is women –
mothers, sisters, daughters, wives – who are left to
pick up the pieces, defend our loved ones and are at the forefront of
campaigns for justice.From London to Ferguson, New York to Gaza, as long as money
is poured into privatised/militarised police forces, prioritising profit over
life, all our lives are on the line."