Taking a Stand : Grenfell

After the Grenfell fire I felt so sad and helpless. Sitting safe at home, watching the news while the fire raged on, there was nothing I could do but pray for those families who lost everything in that blazing inferno. It was incomprehensible how these people could be so neglected that we were left to watch in sadness as the fire was finally extinguished and then watch again in utter disbelief the stories that started coming from survivors and firemen. 

I was moved to make a sign and get out there and use my voice to protest at Kensington and Chelsea town hall. The people there needed my sign I thought... who would have time to have sorted graphics in such a short space of time? I'm glad I did as there were not many visible signs... there were a lot of very (rightfully) angry people being glared at by the press and their unforgiving cameras. The council were not opening up their doors so I also wanted them, up there in their safe towers to see and read that we the people demand justice for the Grenfell victims.

I was photographed, quoted and filmed by many press organisations. I ended up being one of many voices of protest - I really wanted to articulate the disgust and dismay that many of us are feeling. I felt I had to stand for what I believed in there and then. We all do. We owe it to our communities.

We are London.
We are Strong.

Click link below to view video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-london-40239008?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=59440435e4b06d5de2effd00%26%27This%20isn%27t%20a%20natural%20disaster.%20This%20is%20here%20in%20London.%20It%27s%20disgusting%27%26&ns_fee=0#post_59440435e4b06d5de2effd00

Click link below to view video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-london-40239008?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=59440435e4b06d5de2effd00%26%27This%20isn%27t%20a%20natural%20disaster.%20This%20is%20here%20in%20London.%20It%27s%20disgusting%27%26&ns_fee=0#post_59440435e4b06d5de2effd00

As artists and creatives perhaps now is the time to take a stand for our beliefs? This was spotted in Crystal Palace by artist Artful_Dodger_01.

arfuldodger_01_grenfell

Women March on London

Saturday 21st January 2017

On Trump's first day of presidency women all around the world marched in protest against him.

London came out in full force and with it some great banners with various protest messages. I went with some friends and made a banner which spoke of my views about trump as a racist and sexist. A protest is just that - an opportunity to say your piece and to represent. The march was positive and brought a sense of unity to us women, we are not and never will be aligned on all our views, but surely it's a positive step in the right direction to stand together and speak your mind.

This is a collection of some of the banners from the day that caught my eye.