Friday, 22 June 2012

JENGbA UpRISING - Tuesday 26 June


Come to JENGbA UpRISING Tuesday 26 June!

On Tuesday 26 June, JENGbA is holding our first fundraiser/awareness event at the Tabernacle Powis Square W11. 

The Tabernacle has a long history of activism for the West London community and is also a fantastic music venue. The event is being supported by MOJO Scotland, the Miscarriage of Justice Campaign that Paddy Hill set up along with Gerry Conlon when he was released from Prison. 
Paddy is also going to be one of the speakers; he retains the same passion and anger directed to miscarriages of Justice as he did 20 years ago when he was released after 17 years of wrongful imprisonment.  He is heartbreakingly honest about what prison does to innocent people, and he's an inspiration to all of us who have a loved one imprisoned by the 'justice' system. 
MOJO Scotland have also secured The Alabama 3 to perform for us. Their track 'Woke Up this Morning' is well known from the Soprano's but they are brilliant social commentators in their music and sure to be an unforgettable gig. 

The rap artist Goddaz has recorded a song for JENGbA which he will perform for the first time on the 26th - and has promised all proceeds from sales to go to the campaign. 

Also speaking will be Janet Cunliffe, whose son Jordan was convicted to a life sentence for the murder of Garry Newlove, a murder which he did not commit. Jordan, who is blind, was 15 at the time of conviction and is currently serving time as a miscarriage of Justice. 

Janet hopes that her talk will dispel some of the myths around prison life and Jordan's wrongful conviction. She says: "Life in prison for my young son is horrendous. It is not a cosy place with playstations, three hearty meals a day and as much leisure time in the gym as you choose. It's a dungeoun filled with bullies, boredom, tasteless food and unimaginable sadness. But for someone paying the highest price possible, which is a life sentence for the actions of another, it is also a place of mental torture.

This is just one of many examples of how the Joint Enterprise law is being applied.

The JENGbA UpRISING will be the first of many. It is not just about fundraising (although we are now supporting 340 prisoners and the cost of sending in  a regular newsletter to keep them updated is a paramount concern). It is a campaign run by volunteers so all funds raised will support our activism and our determination to expose the abuse of an archaic 'principal' to lock up innocent men, women and children. 

Our UpRISING event is also about raising awareness.  We are asking people young and old to attend, we are asking lawyers and barristers, we are asking politicians but most of all we are asking you. We hope you will come to listen to our message - not enough people know about the inhumane and unjust reality of the Joint Enterprise law so we hope that you will help us spread the word and demand that this horrific law is outlawed.

You can buy tickets to the event here

Gloria Morrison - Campaigner for JENGbA - Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association