Mr Mark Chambers from Sutton, started a hunger strike four days ago, and intends to pursue this course of action until something changes. He is part of the campaign entitled ‘Justice for Children’, and is currently residing (day and night) in Sutton Town Centre surrounded by placards that explain the protest. I met Mark today (Sunday the 10th of May 2015), where he explained his situation to me, and I (and my partner) signed his petition.
Ordinary people are often subject to purely arbitrary and unjust decisions made by Social Workers and supported by Judges in the Family Court. This institutional corruption effects the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, and has the devastating effect of separating children from their parents. Mark Chambers explained to me that due to the fact that he has separated from his partner, local Social Workers, acting in conjunction with the Family Court, have prevented him from having access to his four children. This is despite the fact that he has proven in Court that the allegations levelled against him by Social Workers (such as he ‘hates women’), are false and have no substance in reality.
This is a protest from the grass-roots of British society where people are expected to remain crushed by the power of a corrupt establishment. Individuals in this situation, who have done nothing wrong, but who do not possess the financial resources, or the right kind of social contacts, are treated with disrespect and indifference, whilst their children suffer the trauma of permanent separation from their birth parents. Mark Chambers is seeking justice not only for himself, but also for the thousands of others in the UK who find themselves in a similar situation. People can sign his petition, or share his story through social media. Mark Chambers’ hunger strike began on the day of the 2015 General Election which saw the return to power of a vicious rightwing government that has revelled in cutting resources for ordinary people. This is an important protest that brings attention to the plight of ordinary people, a plight that is usually ignored by the authorities and the mainstream media. Mr Mark Chambers will be taking his petition to Westminster on Wednesday the 13th of May, 2015, and we wish him every success in his fight for justice.