Day 73: His life honoured #107days

Today, Day 73, is the day of the party night to end all #JusticeforLB party nights. Two options are available, an English Country Dance at Bletchingdon Village Hall, or the LB Fighting Fund Party at Oxford Sports and Social Club, more details on both here.

Caroline Jordan is organising the Country Dance and here’s why she is supporting #107days and #JusticeforLB:

LB was loved, nurtured and cared for by his family, so much love surrounding him. When their family needed help and support, they were all let down tragically. I want to help raise awareness, so that more and more people can stand and say ‘This is wrong, this must never happen again’.

The Party Night is very much a collective effort, organised with the support of many people, including Jenny O’Loughlin (General Manager at OSSC), NansforJustice who have covered the cost of the room hire, Vic, Sam and Trev from Identica who designed the best tickets ever after researching London Transport with superb attention to detail, LNS Print for printing the tickets for free, and Alan, the bacon and egg bap man from outside Oxford station for providing the nosh.

As we prepare for an evening of celebration and fun (alongside some awareness and fund raising) it felt like a perfect time to share this contribution from Carrie Morgan. Carrie adopted her birthday, Day 70, to share with LB. Here’s what she sent us:

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My birthday shared with LB

For a day,
I held Connor in my heart and mind
Reaching for awareness of his life and laughter
Only guessing at the grief for its loss.
We took a toy bus to the beach..
..and we laughed
We leaned over a wall, watched city buses
busy about their business..
..and we laughed,
my dear daughter and me.

I shared LB’s story and art in the pub
Shocking folk and prompting bitter words.
Is it apathy, neglect, lack of care, inattention?
Switching off awareness so a young life ends.
Then their wonder at the alchemy of love,
Tragedy transformed, his life honoured
Enthusiasm, hope, vision for a better deal
Generated and inspired by loving family and friends.

Go well, justice for LB

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Hope everyone enjoys some love and laughter tonight honouring LB. Thanks to all those working behind the scenes organising both nights.

Day 39: Still time to get involved #107days

A fortnight ago Sara blogged on all the amazing things that had happened in #107days so far. Since then we’ve been blown away with yet more amazing actions, I’m not going to recap them all here because we’ve a ‘half way’ blog post in the offing that will do that. If you’ve not managed to follow daily I’d highly recommend looking back over the daily entries to this blog that highlight the remarkable range of thoughts and actions of so many brilliant people supporting #JusticeforLB.

This is a very short post, but one that is designed to draw your attention to the many ways in which you can still get involved and support #107days. We are very, very nearly out of days, and we’ve had to double up on some dates. We have had one or two people who have had to pull out due to unforseen circumstances so there is still a small chance of adopting a day, especially if you can be flexible on dates, so do still get in touch if you’d like to adopt one.

There are a number of other ways in which you can support #107days including the following:

Conferences, workshops and learning opportunities

Learning disability studies in academia – Monday 9 June – Manchester (Day 82)

Keeping me at the heart of care – Thursday 12 June – London (Day 85)

Our Voices, Our Choices, Our Freedom – Thursday 26 June – Leeds (Day 99)

There are also a number of local seminars being organised at universities and internal development time within organisations. We will feature these on their adopted days, but are happy to include details here too if they are open to the public.

Fun and laughs

My son’s not rainman – Thursday 15 May – comedy performance, tickets available (Day 57)

107 Red Balloons – Sunday 18 May – come join in (Day 60)

Party Night – Saturday 31 May – everyone welcome

Spend, spend, spend

Limited Edition LB Bus Pencil Cases – all pre-ordered pencil cases were snapped up in next to no time, but rumour has it there might be more…

LB’s postcards and art – available to purchase

Act now – do something

Drops of brilliance – have a think, identify a person or act that has helped, and share

Draw us a bus – draw, snap and share

LB’s Justice Quilt – you just have to send a patch and our stitchers will do the rest – they need to be received at the PO Box by end May, so get stitching

Postcards of Awesome – you still have time to send us a postcard and join this bunch that My Life My Choice handed over to us his week

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In a week of frustration and disillusionment captured by Sara here and here, it is a remarkable tonic to see so many people stand up and be counted, to reject the ‘system’s’ poor excuse for change, and to take action themselves to improve things and bring JusticeforLB and all dudes.

Thank you, each and every one of you.

ps Don’t forget we now have three flyers: 1) with campaign info 2) with info and space for your event details 3) with info and details of how to donate. We also have a blog banner that you can download onto your blog to raise awareness.