In our final newsletter of the year, we would like to share our 2020 highlights with you! We are so proud of what we have achieved and excited to build on all of this work in 2021. We will continue to ensure our powerful members are truly at the forefront of change. From our team to yours - have a restful holiday and a very Happy New Year!
Andre premiered a documentary that he produced and directed about the Gangs Matrix at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Watch the short film here.
We wrapped up the 4WARD programme pilot with Essex CRC & BeNCH CRC. Over six months, our specialist intergenerational membership programme explored identity in order to empower men who identify as Black British, African, Caribbean & Mixed Heritage. We're so proud of all they achieved!
We launched 4Front Voices to uplift the voices of those affected by violence and the criminal justice system to amplify our experiences, ideas and vision. Read our pieces here.
We launched our first paid Youth Activism Fellowship to empower young visionary leaders with lived experience to explore their identity, identify the structural issues that impact our communities, speak truth to power and fight for the changes they wish to see in society. After graduating, our Fellows became the first cohort of 4Front Youth Activism Coordinators. Read their reflections on youth leadership here.
Following the police killing of George Floyd in the US, we joined thousands of protesters to demand police accountability & racial justice. 4Front's message was clear: the UK is not innocent. We highlighted the impacts of violent policing on our youth & communities, launched the Rest in Power resource to share the stories of victims of police & state violence in the UK & started a fundraiser to support healing & empowerment.
We featured in ‘Fighting the Power: Britain After George Floyd’, a BBC Three documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK. You can watch the documentary here.
We organised a protest at Tottenham Police Station to mark the ninth anniversary of the uprisings that took place across this country following the killing of Mark Duggan. Our members spoke powerfully about how policing can not increase safety whilst it inflicts such violence and harm & shared important resources to support the reimagining of what peace and justice could look like. Our work was featured in the historic September 2020 issue of British Vogue ‘ACTIVISM NOW’ & in rugby star Maro Itoje's new podcast.