SARAH REED JUSTICE CAMPAIGN UPDATE.
On February 23rd the Blaksox led Sarah Reed Justice Campaign (SRJC) with the Reed family’s support, organised a peaceful protest outside of Holloway prison in London.
It was to show solidarity with prisoners who know what happened before Sarah Reed ‘s tragic death on January 11thwhilst she was being held there on remand.
Blaksox had been informed that prisoners’ rights were not being respected, protected or promoted to give evidence to the Prison and Probation Ombudsman set up to investigate all deaths in custody.
The protest was attended by 120 people and was addressed by Marilyn Reed, Sarah’s mother who said,
“Thanks to everybody for showing solidarity and support by coming here tonight. Women in this prison are being harassed. We say, enough is enough. We say to the women inside this prison, we are with you, we are with your families and loved ones. Disclose what is going on inside this prison and what happened to my daughter. We are with you.”
Other protesters who made their contribution included young women from Sisters Uncut, Amrit Wilson, the long standing Gender and Race writer and activist and Lee Jasper, whose blog first broke Sarah Reed’s story to the world.
Temi Mwale one of the leading Blak sox members said
“We know we are in it for the long run. We know that there are too many authorities to hold to account. We are going to need mass mobilisation of the public to say No it is not OK for Black women to be treated in this way. That Black lives do matter and that the lives of women in custody do matter. “
Patricia Lamour Chair of the SRJC and co-founder of GEEDA an international women’s network, wrote asking for a paradigm shift in how Black women are treated.
“We believe much of what has happened to Sarah in her short life and untimely death is down to the fact that she was a woman and she was Black. Mental institutions need to safeguard all women from sexual violence and no mentally ill woman should be put in prison”
At the end of the protest, Blaksox delivered a series of letters to Julia Killick, the Governor of Holloway Prison, Nigel Newcomen, HM Inspectorate of Prisons and Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of Liberty.
If you know of any prisoners in Holloway who want to give evidence or want to support the SRJC please contact
NB. #BlackLivesMatter Bloc On the National Demo; Refugees Welcome Here - Stand Up To Racism Organised by Blaksox Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK, and the NUS Black Students Campaign .
Deaths at the hands of the State including the catalogue of failures by public authorities experienced by #sarahreed #sayhername , institutional racism, race discrimination in education and employment, the disproportionate impact of austerity and much more are all contributing to deepening racism faced by Black Workers, Students, Service Users and Communities.
Join the Black Lives Matter Bloc On the demo, wear red clothing, bring home made placards, whistles, drums.
Meet Sat 19th March 2016 11.30am at the foot of the stairs of All Souls Church, 2 All Souls Place, London, W1B 3DA which is right next to the main assembly point for a march to Trafalgar Square where there is a rally. Speakers at the demo will include Marilyn Reed, mother of Sarah Reed,