Austerity, Injustice and the Power of Protest
Sunday 27th October, 11-5,30am,
University of London Union (ULU), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
The arrest of 286 anti-fascists during a five thousand strong protest against the EDL in East on Saturday represents a serious escalation in attacks on the right to protest. The tactic of mass kettling and blanket arrests was the same used against anti-fracking protesters in Balcombe just a few weeks ago. The bail conditions imposed now ban people from protesting against fascism in the future.
These incidents are part of an intensification of policing and the criminalisation of protest at a time of unprecedented government cuts, growing inequality and injustice. Groups like UK Uncut, environmental & anti-racist campaigners have been targeted and subject to surveillance. Students protesting against fees were kettled and beaten. All of this has gone alongside fresh attacks on trade union rights. The use of anti-trade union laws against anti-fracking protesters, for example, is a sign of things to come, whilst the government is preparing to give police yet more dispersal powers under new laws.
Speakers include: Susan Alexander mother of Azelle Rodney, Darcus Howe activist, Carole Duggan aunt of Mark Duggan, Gareth Peirce civil rights lawyer, Trenton Oldfield imprisoned protester now threatened with deportation, Owen Jones author Chavs, Brian Richardson Lawyer and Unite Against Fascism, Janet Alder sister of Christopher Alder, Eamonn McCann civil rights campaigner, Alfie Meadows injured protester, Margaret Gordon Legal aid lawyer of the year, Nina Power, Hannah Dee Chair DtRtP, Sheila Coleman Hillsborough Justice Campaign, Alastair Morgan brother of Daniel Morgan, Amy Jowett injured anti-fascist protester, Dave Smith anti blacklisting campaign, John McDonnell MP, Fahim Alam director Riots Reframed, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, Matt Foot Campaigning Lawyer, Val Swain NETPOL, Jelena Timotijevic UCU NEC, Marcia & Sam Rigg -sister of Sean Rigg, Occupy Sussex defendant, Sara Tomlinson NUT, Ken Fero director Injustice, Susannah Mengesha; Estelle De-Bouley Newham Monitoring Project, GBC plus activists from international struggles tbc
Workshops and Forums include: Austerity & the law – the changing face of policing; Legal Aid Cuts – How do we fight austerity justice?; Deaths in custody -who polices the police?; Protest, Stop and search & UKBA -Know your rights; The politics of Prisons; Which side are you on –strikes, unions and the law; Riots-then and now; Defending the right to protest on campus; Resisting police racism after Macpherson; How to run an effective defence campaign; When fear changes sides- the power of protest today
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