Tuesday, 4 December 2012

JENGbA Activities Update

Sometimes it’s good to get an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of a campaign like JENGbA

Here’s what’s been happening just over the past few months and this list isn’t exhaustive!
  • 20th November Canterbury Uni – Gloria gave talk to Law Students with June and Jesse Parsons who told the students about their son Anthony’s case. The students sent us emails afterwards, asking how they can help JENGbA and thanking us for attending.
  • Anglia Ruskin Uni 26th November 2012 JENGbA talk to Law students was met with disbelief and offers of help.
  • 6th December 2012 – Invitation to the Howard League Conference with DPP in attendance.
  • 13th December Sodiq Film – Gloria invited by Diane Abbott MP – Justice Select committee members also invited. https://twitter.com/SODIQFilm
  • 15th December – Edge Fund Launch party, JENGbA’s input “Prisoners’ Voices” https://www.facebook.com/edgefund?ref=ts&fref=ts
  • 17th December – Attending Leveson Inquiry Discussion, Bindmans Solicitors invitation.
  • 25th January 2013 This is Not a Gateway Festival http://thisisnotagateway.squarespace.com/
  • After talks by Glo and other volunteer campaigners, we now have links with Birkbeck College, London Law School, NCVYS (National Council for Youth Services).
  • Letters and articles have been published in the Guardian, Socialist Review, Justice Gap.
  • Intelligent Submissions have been made in response to the DPP’s draft guidelines from major organisations all in support of JENGbA. Legal professionals are making themselves available with expertise of the law in support of the innocent.  
  • UniteResist Conference – Deb and Patricia attended and were given donations for stamps.
  • Presence at numerous Court hearings to support families, including Kevan Thakrar’s Judicial Review.
  • Gloria’s contribution to handbook for Community Justice, So We Stand campaign.
  • Awaiting response from requested meeting with Sadiq Khan, Shadow Justice Secretary.
  • Continually supporting new families and prisoners who contact us.
  • Represented at Criminal Cases Review Commission Stakeholders’ Conference on
  • Wednesday, November 28th.
  • Cardiff Uni – support by law students and Pro Bono Unit who have had an overwhelming response from prisoners who want their voices heard.
  • Support of MOJO Scotland – Paddy Hill described JENGbA as the biggest Miscarriage of Justice group in the UK today.
  • Getting the word out via Facebook, Blog, Twitter which are continuously updated.
  • 10th October 2012 - Janet Cunliffe presentation at Manchester Metropolitan University about Jordan Cunliffe, JENGbA and the plight of Kevan Thakrar.
  • Regular meetings with Jeremy Corbyn MP.
  • Attending Deaths in Custody marches.
  • JENGbA campaigner talking about joint enterprise in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall from July to October as part of the Cultural Olympiad in a piece by Tino Sehgal.
  • Generally there is a huge gathering of media interest/attention with major stories pending (Guardian Weekend and a Guardian online film, Private Eye, not to mention the documentary film maker, Anton Califano who is following Janet with a major film producer, who is a trustee for the Sheffield film festival. Another well known filmmaker in London has approached Glo for a JENGbA documentary.
  • Anthony Davis was a main feature on a recent Panorama documentary, exposing the issue of the Supergrass - a follow up to the original expose that allowed Janet Cunliffe and Gloria Morrison to put Joint Enterprise in the public arena.
    The Bradford awareness seminar brought families together on a HUGE scale like never before in one community with a positive local media reaction, covering more than one case all supported by JENGbA.
  • George Galloway MP has asked for more details of the campaign and we believe with more work others will follow suit.
  • There are book deals in the pipeline and Channel 4 News have asked for intimate honest stories.
  • And of course our Patron, Jimmy McGovern after interviewing many of our families, has had his script accepted by the BBC with a film to be shown later next year. We all know that Jimmy’s previous projects and films have included Bloody Sunday and Hillsborough, so we have great faith that his next film will expose the injustice of Joint Enterprise and provoke the same public outrage and path to justice for our wrongfully convicted loved ones.
And all done from our campaigners’ kitchen tables - phew!