Speak up for Justice is supporting the Relay for Rights, part of the Not the Global Law Summit, called by the Justice Alliance in response to the government’s Global Law Summit. The Relay for Rights will take place from 21 to 23 February. We encourage supporters to attend sections of the march or one of the rallies at the beginning and end.
Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling has launched the Global Law Summit (23 Feb), to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The event is described as a “unique one-off high level business forum”, bringing together a “mix of business leaders, public sector decision makers and government officials around the world.”
The real purpose of this event is to sell off our justice system as an investment opportunity for big business. Speak up for Justice believe that it is hypocritical of the government to hold this event commemorating the Magna Carta, while their reforms have undermined access to justice and decimated the system, by slashing the legal aid budget, making drastic cuts to funding, closing courts, as well as privatising policing, probation and prison services.
The Relay for Rights, will be a march from the birthplace of the Magna Carta in Runnymede on Saturday 21 February, arriving outside of the Global Law Summit event in central London on Monday 23 February, with a rally at the beginning and end.
Speak up for Justice will be joining the Justice Alliance in reminding the government of their duty to provide justice for all. We will be highlighting the attack on justice and calling for an integrated, publicly owned, accessible and accountable justice system.
Supporters are encouraged to support the action, by attending sections of the march or the rally at the beginning – in Runnymede, or the end, at Old Palace Yard, Westminster.
Please see the Justice Alliance website for details of the route of the relay.
Relay for Rights from Runnymede at 12 noon on 21st February
Saturday Day One – Runnymede to Hampton Court
Sunday Day Two – Hampton Court to Putney
Monday Day Three – Putney to Westminster
Monday – Rally at Old Palace Yard 13.00-14.00
Comedy night 23 February
The Justice Alliance has also organised a comedy night to coincide with the Relay for Rights, Stand up for Legal Aid: Justice Just Got Funny on 23 February.
The evening will be a star-studded night of comedy and music with a range of comedians.
Please see here for more details and for tickets for this event.