Grenfell Tower, two years on: Forever in our hearts

12 June 2019
Didier Ibwilakwingi-Ekom

 

On the 14th June 2019, our local community in North Kensington  will remember our beloved ones who lost their lives in the Grenfell fire. Two years on the anguish and anger remains, over what was the a community that was ignored and silenced. Stand with us and our community on June 14th, join us to remember

An evening of remembrance, June 14, Grenfell United.

6.15 pm: Wreath laying at the tower.  This will be shown on screen on Silchester Road and Kingsdown place.

7 pm: Multifaith vigil. on the junction of Silchester Road and Lancaster Road, will also be shown on screens on Silchester Road.

7.45 pm: Silent Walk.  The walk will start from Silchester Road, W11.  Follow @grenfellsilentwalk on Instagram for more details. Please head to Silchester Road and do wear something green.

Other related activities are as follows:

Thursday 13th June, St Francis of Assisi Church

Mass and Courtyard Ceremony –  7.30pm – 8.15pm at St Francis of Assisi Church, Pottery Lane, W11

Friday 14th June

Methodist Church

Open for contemplation and prayer – Midnight – 2 am at The Methodist Church, 240 Lancaster Road, W11

Humanity 4 Grenfell

St Helen’s Church Remembrance Service (Releasing doves and balloons, then walk to Grenfell to lay a wreath) –  11 am – 12.30pm at St Helen’s Gardens, W11

Al-Manaar Centre

Specific prayers to take place within the usual Friday prayers – 1.15pm at The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Road, W10

St Clement’s Church

Short ceremony and 72 Tolls of the bell at 6pm

All day prayer vigil – 7am – 6pm – both at St Clement’s Church, Treadgold Street, Notting Hill, W11 4BP

Grenfell United

Multi-Faith vigil, the junction of Silchester Road and Lancaster Road near the Methodist Church on Lancaster Road, 7 pm. Silent Walk – speeches will be held on the stage at the end of the walk, 7.45 pm, starting outside The Methodist Church. A private wreath-laying event for bereaved and survivors, shown on screens on Silchester Road and Kingsdown Place at 6.15 pm. An opportunity for the public to lay down flowers etc at the memorial wall by Grenfell Tower at 7pm

Saturday 15th June

Justice4Grenfell

Solidarity March at 12pm. Assembling at Portland Place, W1A 1AA – The Route Notting Hill Methodist Church • North along Lancaster Road • Left onto Ladbroke Grove • Left onto Cambridge Gardens (possibly Oxford Gardens or Basset Road dependent on numbers in attendance) • Left onto Bramley Road • Left onto Silchester Road returning to Notting Hill Methodist Church

Henry Dickens Centre Making hearts, the symbol of Grenfell. Every Tuesday from 6-8pm or every Saturday from 4-6pm at 104 st. Ann’s Road, W11 4DH

For full list of events see: https://www.kcsc.org.uk/news/diary-events-2nd-anniversary-grenfell-fire

Beyond all these activities, there remains a question that is worth its weight in gold: what choice do we make today to see this already traumatised community rebuild its mental and economic health?

This choice is based on two attitudes. Either we passively accept inadequate solutions from above and we suffer from its consequences. Or we refuse solutions that are imposed on us and we ourselves demand justice.

To tackle structural inequalities we must organise ourselves, through the power we have as citizens, to challenge and demand justice. We want a society based on justice, equality, work and solidarity, and it can only be achieved if we commit ourselves to organise and act together. Our dignity depends on it.

“You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

Stil l Rise by Maya Angelou

Didier Ibwilakwingi-Ekom

London Organiser, Migrants Organise

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