The Postcards for Justice campaign is well under way now. Over 100 people have got in touch with us asking to act as Justice Ambassadors. A huge thanks to all of you! We’ve sent them all a small pack with the postcards, some key points about how the changes will affect different people, and some suggestions on how to get the most out of being an Ambassador and spreading word about the campaign even further. We’ve even sent them a pre paid envelope so they can return the postcards to us easily and with at no expense. If you want to get involved please email us firstname.lastname@example.org!
Many people have asked to see the final postcard design, so here it is:
Some of you might notice that the text is slightly different from that on the winning design submitted to the Design for Justice competition, which you can see here. This is the back of the card, with room for each person to add a personal message to Nick Clegg.
Our first signed postcard was from Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of Liberty. Liberty have been at the forefront of opposition to the government’s plans to transform legal aid since they were announced in April this year. You can read more about why they believe these “brutal cuts to our legal aid system […] are jeopardising our proud legacy as a nation which believes in justice for all” on their website here. And here’s a link to Shami’s speech at the Rally for Legal Aid on 30th July 2013.
We are also proud that human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is acting as a Justice Ambassador. Peter was on the panel of Judges who chose the winning postcard from the shortlist. We’re glad he’s still supporting the campaign even though his favourite design didn’t win overall!
We still need more Ambassadors to help raise awareness of the devastating impact that the legal aid cuts and the changes to Judicial Review will have on the ability of some of the most vulnerable people in our society to access justice, the quality of criminal defence and the ability of hundred of criminal law firms to continue practising, and the ability of each and every citizen to hold government to account when it acts outside the law.
Please get in touch with us at email@example.com if you would like to get involved!