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Inclusion London legal aid campaign for transport justice | UNITE Magazine

Inclusion London have just two days remaining in their fight to establish a legal aid fund through crowdfunding site Crowd Justice, with over 70% of their goal reached.

The fund was set up by a group of Paralympians and activists in conjunction with the charity, with the aim of creating a legal fund to help disabled people who cannot afford to challenge discrimination due to the expense of hiring a solicitor, specifically for those who wish to challenge cases of discrimination on public transport.

Administered by the charity’s Disability Justice Project, the fund will pay legal costs in cases where the outcomes could include policy and practice change, which the charity says will make a significant difference to the lives of disabled people, allowing them to travel without fear of discrimination.

Anne Wafula Strike, a Paralympian and activist who found herself at the mercy of public transport and poor access in January 2017, said: “Many have heard of a particularly humiliating incident I had when I could not get access to a toilet on the train and had an accident. I was so angry and felt like It was the last straw. I decided to go public and launch legal action to ensure that nobody else has to go through the same experience. I wanted my local rail operator to care about their disabled customers and take their needs seriously. I could not start a court case because of the financial risks I would face if the case was lost.

“My case attracted a lot of publicity and got settled without going to court. But I know, many disabled people in a similar situation will not be able to stand up for what is right and and so transport providers will continue treating us like second class citizens. I am determined to ensure this is not the case.”

The crowdfunding effort has two days remaining to reach its goal. You can donate to help with the establishment of the fund here.

Image: Flickr/Matt Buck

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