20 months on from the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed 72 lives, nobody has been held accountable, there are still hundreds of towers with flammable cladding, not all families have been adequately rehoused, developers are “consistently ignoring” the London Fire Brigade’s advice that sprinklers are crucial in their buildings and the second half of the inquiry has been delayed, probably until 2020.
In short, there has been no justice.
Lessons have not been learned – there has been little to no change to fire and building regulations.
To keep Justice4Grenfell in the national conscience and to make sure that the voices of those no longer with us are heard, 72 ‘models’ comprised of activists, survivors, members of the community and high profile supporters (including Adwoa Aboah, Emeli Sandé and others) united at the start of London Fashion Week to represent those who lost their lives in the disaster. They were wearing a protest t-shirt, designed by Grenfell Speaks and two young community members at SpiltSquare Design, that calls for a change to a system that let 72 people die.
London Fashion week is a perennial event in the international calendar and highlights the world talent, creativity and inspiration in our diverse city. The fire at Grenfell Tower is the unfashionable side of London where 72 people needlessly lost their lives. Their deaths will not be in vain. We are honoured to be a part of LFW that will assist our campaign in keeping a global focus on what happened at Grenfell, and to support the bereaved families in their continued fight for truth and justice. The accountable authorities have been inadequate and tardy in their response and 20 months on; no significant changes or improvements have been made and no one to date has been held responsible. These factors and issues are fundamental to ensuring that nothing like this is ever allowed to happen again.
Yvette Williams, Justice4Grenfell, Spokesperson.
We wanted to create a design that remembered and honoured the people who died at Grenfell Tower, and to serve as a reminder of why we continue to campaign as a community.Faisal Metalsi, Grenfell Speaks, T-shirt design.