The Greater Manchester Law Centre launched their manifesto at a public event on 11 April 2019. The event was packed. 150 people were in attendance: students, advisers, lawyers and community groups, old and new friends.
Norma Turner, one of GMLC's founders, chaired the event and speakers included GMLC Patron and human rights lawyer Robert Lizar and GMLC trustee Sukhdeep Singh. GMLC housing solicitor, Kathy Cosgrove, spoke alongside Stacie Martindale, who GMLC have been represented in a homeless shelter case.
The response was overwhelmingly positive and supportive “We need community law centres to ensure people's legal rights.” or “We demand the full restoration of legal aid and a new generation of social welfare lawyers, the legal right to a secure home for all and an end to the hostile environment inflicted on benefit claimants and migrants”.
Greater Manchester Law Centre’s call was to action was to "Join the fight by fighting together": Community groups and individuals gathered after the event to make contact, plan and exchange ideas.
Over the coming month the Greater Manchester Law Centre will work hard with this Manifesto, flush out the main themes in articles on their website and engage further with the community, organisations and politicians.