Nabil Choucair and Yvette Williams MBE, Justice4Grenfell (J4G) - Campaign Update
J4G is a community-led organisation, focused on the long-term goal of obtaining justice for the bereaved families, survivors, evacuated residents and the wider local community, collaborating with representative organisations.
Nabil Choucair, former bus driver and mechanic. On Wednesday 14 June 2017, Nabil lost six of his family members in the fire that roared through Grenfell Tower. The Choucair family lived in two flats on the 22nd floor of Grenfell Tower. Sirria Choucair, (Nabil’s Mum) 60, who was born in Lebanon, lived in flat 191. Her daughter Nadia, 33, son-in-law Bassem Choucair, 40, and their three children, Mierna, 13, Fatima, 11, and Zainab, three, lived in flat 193. All six were trapped and died in flat 193. The last phone call from the flat was at 3.24am. That was the last known contact with the Choucair family and those who had taken refuge in their flat. Eleven bodies were later found there and identified. Nabil has consistently said that he is convinced that there is a wide-ranging conspiracy to hide the truth about what happened from relatives and survivors. Nabil is a founding member of the Grenfell Tower Trust.
Yvette Williams MBE, long term activist and trade unionist, Yvette has lived in Notting Hill for over 35 years. She worked with the Mangrove Community Association and served tenure as a Trustee for the Tabernacle Community Centre and the Pepper Pot Club. Founding member of Operation Black Vote. Yvette was head of Equality and Diversity for the Crown Prosecution Service in London for 14 years, developing hate crime prosecution policies and community engagement strategies. Co-founder of the Justice 4 Grenfell Campaign and witnessed the fire on the night with her daughter after receiving a phone call from a friend who had been evacuated.
In October 2019 the J4G team won the Significant Contribution award as Woman of the Year; and in April 2020 the Campaign won the Education Category at the New York Film festival for the film Grenfell and Social Murder
Lester Holloway, Policy Officer: Anti-Racism, TUC Equality and Strategy Department - TUC Anti-Racism Taskforce Update.
Lester has a background in policy and anti-racism including spells with Runnymede Trust, Operation Black Vote and The 1990 Trust. He was previously an activist and executive member at the Anti-Racist Alliance, and was news editor at The Voice, and editor of the New Nation newspapers. He was also a founder member and secretary of the National Association of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Councillors. Lester joins from CLASS (Centre for Labour and Social Studies), a union-supported think-tank.
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This meeting is supported by LESE Race Relations Committee
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