PROTEST, POLICING, CIVIL RIGHTS – Workshop

 
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Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/06/2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
SOAS, Institute of Education, Student Union

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6pm – 7.30pm Discussion. Followed by practical workshops 7.45-8.45pm.

Shelly Asquith President UAL SU and Occupy UAL
Raj Chada Human Rights lawyer
Nadine El-Enany –Defend the Right to Protest
Janet Alder – Sister of Christopher Alder
Aaron Bastani– Novara Media

Green and Black Cross and Kevin Blowe of Netpol (Network for Police Monitoring) also discuss their work providing grass roots support and monitoring of police activities

7.45-8.45 Workshops

Organising against Prevent Samayya Afzal NUS BSC & Womens Officer Bradford SU Rm 4429, SOAS Main building

Know Your Rights Wail Qasim DtRtP and GBC JCR SOAS Main Building

Countering Surveillance and Intelligence Gathering with Kevin Blowe NETPOL Rm 4426 SOAS Main Building

Following the election results, we can expect to see a wave of protests against Tory plans to impose more austerity, more cuts, and more misery on working class and oppressed people. But we can also expect an intensification of state repression and a crackdown on the right to protest and the right to strike.

After the police kettled, attacked and arrested protesters on the #FuckTheTories demo the media once again ramped up the rhetoric of criminalisation by branding them a “violent mob” and warning of a “summer of thuggery”.

This was followed by the Police Federation’ announcement that its own members will be adopting a violent, ‘paramilitary’ style of policing, ‘where the first options are teargas, rubber bullets and water cannon.’

The Tories have wasted no time in setting out their political priorities: they want to use their majority to
to make it almost impossible for trade unions to strike and have revived plans for “banning” and “disruption orders” which will target Muslims and criminalise dissent. The Human Rights Act is still not safe in their hands.

If we are going to build effective protests and movements we need to organise to defend the right to protest, challenge the racist policing of communities and criminalisation dissent.

The lesson of past five years is that when we work together, share experiences, and make defence a collective and political task, we can beat repression. In this workshop we will bring together individuals and groups – such as GBC and Netpol – with lots of experience resisting repression, with anyone who wants to get involved in protests against injustice. Come to discuss how we organise:

“know your rights”, police monitoring, legal observing, arrestee support, court support, defence campaigns and resistance to surveillance and intelligence gathering, and how we connect struggles against repressive protest policing to struggles against police racism and deaths in custody.

Get involved – Solidarity!

6pm – 7.30pm Discussion with

Aaron Bastani – Novara Media on shape of protest to come

Raj Chada Human Rights lawyer on what we can learn from key protest cases from Occupy to Harmondsworth

Nadine El-Enany –Defend the Right to Protest on counter terror legislation and criminalisation of muslims and dissent

Janet Alder – Sister of Christopher Alder on building solidarity agains state racism and deaths in custody

Shelly Asquith President UAL SU and Occupy UAL on dismantling the policing of our universities

Green and Black Cross on their grass roots support for protesters Green and Black Cross

Kevin Blowe on Netpol’s work monitoring the police Netpol: The Network for Police Monitoring

7.45-8.45 Workshops

Counter Terrorism Act and Prevent – building opposition and non-cooperation Samayya Afzal NUS BSC & Women’s Officer Bradford SU Rm 4429, SOAS Main building

Know Your Rights Wail Qasim DtRtP and GBC JCR SOAS Main Building

Countering Surveillance and Intelligence Gathering with Kevin Blowe NETPOL Rm 4426 SOAS Main Building

Defend the Right to Protest * SOAS Students’ Union * nus black students’ campaignPROTEST, POLICING, CIVIL RIGHTS – Where are we heading – How do we organise? Workshop

 
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