The expensive controversial 'Jubilee Square Project' in Leicester has come at a time when the city council have made cuts to many services for vulnerable people, including the homeless. James, a formerly homeless man who has become a brave campaigner, has been trying to raise awareness of homelessness and press the city council to support those who most need care. James supported a number of homeless people over the Christmas period by setting up a 'camp' which was part of a protest against the cuts.
James gave up his peaceful campaign because "I don't have the energy to keep fighting". Despite a peaceful protest, James was fined £1,000 under the 'Public Space Protection Orders' (PSPO) strategy. The civil rights movement Liberty have questioned PSPOs under the Human Rights Act, saying "councils should be helping the vulnerable - not slapping them with criminal records and unpayable fines".
As well as helping James, we hope this fund will support others and say no to PSPOs.