Kushinda Olanrewaju, mother, organizer and advocate has been in constant struggle with the State, regarding her son Meshach Boland, for the past 17 years. In fact it was struggles with the police and her son that led Kushinda to organize with the Uhuru Movement.
Meshach, now 29-years-old is a learning disabled African man who, since age 11, has been consistently denied access to facilities, benefits and services by the London Borough of Brent.
These support services, which are integral to his ability to thrive and to cope day-to-day, have been replaced with harassment, assaults, false arrests, unjustifiable strip searches and a breach of his rights while in police custody.
First the system FAILS to provide support services and then JAILS the victim with targeted and degrading treatment
For more than 17 years, the Council has woefully neglected Meshach by employing psychological abuses and discrimination which has had a detrimental impact on his development and independence. As a result of this systemic failure to support Meshach, his self-esteem and dignity has been deeply affected; causing him to unpredictably lash out, an emotional response associated with his conditions.
Meshach is due in court to face a charge of ‘common assault’ on May 11, 2016. Had he received the services due to him as a human and a citizen, he would not be as vulnerable to this parasitic system.
The African National Women’s Organization is organizing a protest rally in defense of Meshach and his mother Kushinda Olanrewaju who has been engaged in this tug-of- war with the Council for 17 years in relative isolation.
We must stand with his mother and family to demand that the Crown Prosecution Service reverse its decision to prosecute Meshach!
We also demand that the ‘Diversion Policy’ be utilised for Meshach, which moves away from criminal prosecution and toward social services support.
Here’s what you can do:
Come to the Protest Rally on May 11, 2016 at 1:00pm Willesden Magistrates’ Court 484 High Rd, London NW10, UK.
Meshach is due in court to face a charge of “common assault” on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 1:00pm in front of Willesden Magistrate Court, 484 High Rd, London.
Had he received the services due to him, he would not have been vulnerable to this parasitic system.
Join Kushinda, Meshach, his family and the African National Women’s Organization (ANWO) as we protest this unjust process.
We must stand as one community to demand that the Crown Prosecution Service reverse its decision to prosecute Meshach!
We also demand that the “Diversion Policy” be utilized for Meshach, which moves away from criminal prosecution and toward social services support.
Fists Up, Fight Back!
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