Activism, academia and more quilt delight

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It was the Disability Studies Conference at Lancaster University this week and LB featured pretty centrally. I gave my first presentation at the inaugural conference back in 2003 when I was a PhD pup. And LB was a bouncy 8 year old still wearing his ELC police tabard and orange binoculars.

ryan5-44LB’s bus picture featured on the conference signs/abstract book, delegates were given LB Justice quilt postcards and the quilt itself was officially launched (the story of the quilt can be read here).
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The now legendary Chris Hatton said a few words at the launch (bit of a tissue jobby) and Mark Sherry (yep, Mark who made the #107days film from Toledo) read the approved resolution of the Society for the Study of Social Problems that relates to LB’s death. Such a remarkable happening. Solidarity from such an unexpected quarter and yet so blinking spot on. LB’s death is a social problem. A public issue.

Jack’s mum, Gina, brought some more of Jack’s cats to sell for the fund and he raised over Ā£100. All material used in making the cats is recycled other than the felt.
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There were also LB notebooks made by our lovely neighbour, Ruth, which went down a treat.
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It was a dynamic, energetic, creative and emotional space. I know it always has been a cracking conference but the unfailing commitment/action of Hannah Morgan to create this focus on LB/the campaign and weave (sorry) it into the texture of the event was exceptional.

Activism and academia.

And the quilt is just bloody amazing.
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3 thoughts on “Activism, academia and more quilt delight

  1. ‘Tis wonderful.

    Vicki Raphael
    Co-Director,
    07814085010
    Inclusion East CIC.
    NHS Participation and Innovation Award Winner.

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