BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award honours: “an ordinary woman who fought with a mother’s love for what she believed was right and simply refused to give up”

Anne Williams at the Hillsborough Memorial Service at Anfield

Anne Williams at the Hillsborough Memorial Service at Anfield

Anne Williams, whose fifteen year old son Kevin was killed in the Hillsborough Disaster of 1989, has been honoured by the BBC at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Anne, who campaigned tirelessly on behalf of her son alongside the families of the 95 others who died at Hillsborough, passed away three days after the 24th memorial service at Anfield in April this year. She was awarded the Helen Rollason award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity. The Liverpool Echo reports:

Having lost her beloved 15-old-son Kevin in 1989, Anne was at the forefront of those challenging the original inquest verdicts for many years, refusing to give up on the fight for justice despite seeing three memorials to the Attorney General and a petition to the European Court of Human Rights all rejected.

Her tireless campaigning, along with new evidence she uncovered, helped lead to the formation of the Hillsborough Independent Panel and, though she received her terminal diagnosis just six weeks after their historic report of September 2012, she was in attendance at the High Court last December to see the accidental death verdicts quashed and new inquests, set to begin next March, ordered.

LACUNA’s first issue: “On Protest”  to be published in February 2014, features an interview with the Chief Civil Servant to the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report. The publication of this report finally vindicated the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and brought to light previously unseen documents which implicated South Yorkshire Police, amongst others, in the disaster and subsequent cover-up. To read more about this story, and find out what it takes to bring about effective change through protest subscribe to our mailing list , like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Can academics change the world..?

Professor Yash Tandon

Professor Yash Tandon

Professor Yash Tandon believes that they can. Professor Tandon, former Director of the South Centre, member of the interim Uganda Parliament (1979-1980) and political activist has given an exclusive interview to LACUNA in which he discusses his experiences as both an academic and a revolutionary. Professor Tandon was involved in orchestrating the overthrow of Idi Amin’s brutal regime in the late 1970’s, and has spent large periods of his life in exile from the country of his birth. The feature, which will be published in LACUNA’s first edition in February, explores questions including:

  • What does it take to overthrow a despotic regime? What costs do those involved have to bear?
  • Can the ends ever justify the means in the context of protest?
  • How do you judge the right time to act?
  • What can academics achieve in the “real world”?
  • How do you stick to your principles in the face of enormous brutality?
  • What can Syria and Egypt learn from the experiences of Uganda?

For Yash’s fascinating responses to these questions and more please subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter. This is a feature not to be missed.