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Journey to Justice presents
Journey to Justice in Tower Hamlets – opening event
Saturday 10 December
IN A NUTSHELL
To mark the arrival of our exhibition, we celebrate artists and activists for freedom with performances and inspiring speakers.
Rich Mix will be host to a celebration of the music, poetry, film and arts of social justice. The event will mark International Human Rights Day and the arrival of Journey to Justice in the east end, so long associated with leading movements for equality in the UK. JtoJ complements and has been working with an already vast range of organisations and activity focused on rights for all in Tower Hamlets. We are dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to take action for social justice by learning from human rights struggles past and present. The afternoon will promote Journey to Justice’s flagship project: a multimedia, interactive travelling exhibition highlighting the links between the US movement and social justice struggles in Tower Hamlets today. Reflecting on her involvement in the civil rights movement, Jean Stallings said,
"It is so important to feel part of something. ... You just have to give a part of yourself… I wasn't a leader but a little seed . There is real joy in working together and learning you have a voice. It's important you participate and speak out without fear".
The exhibition is at Rich Mix from December 3 2016 – January 1 2017.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The event will demonstrate a fantastic range of music, dance, poetry and activism – brought to us by local and national performers and speakers of all ages who give their time and talent to working for human rights.
Guests will have a chance to visit the exhibition before and after the show.
Opening the event will be Jean Stallings who was part of the National Welfare Rights Organisation and Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign in the USA in the 1960s. Jean has been an anti-poverty activist ever since and we are delighted she can be with us.
Journey to Justice patron Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, human rights barrister
Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green & Bow
Roger McKenzie Assistant General Secretary, UNISON
Dan Jones Cable Street resident and antiracist activist
‘Naga MC’ rapper and poet
The Romford Rebels ‘Iron Sky’, a dance about those who rebel against social injustice
The Grand Union World Choir brings together singers from the whole spectrum of London’s cultural communities and this is reflected in its worldwide repertoire.
Sing Tower Hamlets cross-borough choir
Girlz United, young women from Tower Hamlets will talk about their JtoJ project focused on local struggles against racism and will read poetry they wrote in response to it
Alexandra Letu and Adam Jabran, JtoJ Live, students from George Mitchell School, Leyton
Roisin Gewirtz-O’Reilly fundraising for Journey to Justice as part of her Batmitzvah project
The event will be hosted by local historian, author and radical tour guide Dave Rosenberg
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING
‘The inclusiveness of J2J shone through. Especially important was putting people on stage who clearly are not often given such a platform alongside confident experienced speakers and leaders and the MP.’
‘It was an amazing launch, full of warmth and love, and loads of positive energy to move the project forward.’
‘The event was fantastic on so many levels. The message came through so clearly and strongly with every act. It made us think about how we should stand up for our rights at work.’
WHY DOES RICH MIX MATTER?
'Rich Mix represents the world in London and offers a perfect, welcoming venue for everyone, celebrating the arts and their beauty and power to inspire action for justice.'
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
There will be a cash bar and café
This event is wheelchair accessible.