Heavy police & UKBA activity is expected in Brixton on Thursday 6th March according to information published here. We support the callout for people to go down & monitor events, meeting in Windrush Square from 1pm. The following leaflet is reportedly being circulated by Lambeth Council and Trident Command:
“Lambeth Council, Lambeth Police and Trident Central Gangs Unit, will undertake a significant number of activities in Brixton to tackle gang related violence, street crime and Anti Social Behaviour. This planned partnership day of action will include weapon sweeps in parks and open spaces, trading standards and licensing visits, abandoned car removals, Anti Social Behaviour operations, tenancy enforcement and operations to tackle robbery. Windrush Square Engagement Event 2pm-6pm – COME ALONG!
There will be various stalls offering information designed to encourage young people into education, employment and diversionary activities including Job Centre Plus, Street Doctors and Dance United London Academy. In addition, the London Fire Brigade will be present along with mobile Police station, Battersea Dogs and Cats home and Community Safety. This
day will be supported by the mobile CCTV van and increased police patrols during the evening as well as arrest enquiries on those persons involved in gang related violence. Local police and council officers will be present throughout the day to provide reassurance patrols and assistance. Officers from Police and Council as well as local Safer Neighbourhood staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.”
We are revolted by attempts to give this blatant day of concerted oppression and social cleansing a friendly face by combining it with a fluffy outreach event. Will Dance United London Academy be providing us all with afternoon entertainment while police and other state agents drag people off the streets?!
Reblogged from https://network23.org/antiraids/2014/03/05/thursday-6th-march-stand-up-against-state-repression-in-brixton/
According to Lee Jasper - BBC Cameras have been invited to film Police operation dubbed “Brixton Unites”
From English Collective of Prostitutes:
Violence against sex workers is increasing.
Tragically, two sex workers have been murdered in London in the past three months. At the same time, the police have stepped up raids, arrests and closures of premises where women are working in relative safety. This is despite senior police officers admitting that: “[police] operations to tackle the trade are “counterproductive” and likely to put the lives of women at risk.”
Eighteen flats in Soho, Central London, have been closed. Most of the women who were evicted are mothers and have now lost their livelihood.
Women are appealing against eviction on Monday 24 February at Isleworth Crown Court. Please join us in demanding that these closures be stopped.
Please write urgently addressing your letters to:
- Borough Commander Alison Newcomb email@example.com
- Westminster Cllr. Nickie Aitkin in charge of community safety firstname.lastname@example.org
- And cc: English Collective of Prostitutes email@example.com
020 7482 2496
5 Glasshouse Walk, London SE11 5ES.
This is an Anti-Fascist Network call out to oppose the Royal Berkshire EDL division call to march in Slough on Saturday the 1st of February.
Join us standing against them.
The EDL say they are not racist, but their record proves otherwise. They easily expand the target of their hatred to anyone who isn’t white, to immigrants and those who don’t fit their crude definition of ‘English’. Their supporters have gone on the rampage and violently attacked Asian owned businesses, trade unionists, and have been convicted of arson attacks on mosques.
Who are the EDL?
The EDL are part of a wider shift to the (far) right in British politics that scapegoats Islam and immigrants for the problems we face. They want society to return back to a mythical “golden age” where everyone knew their place. This is fantasy and nonsense. The EDL are a product of misinformation and lies fed through over a decade of anti-muslim, anti-immigrant scare stories in the tabloids and papers like the Daily Mail. Whenever and wherever the EDL have marched unopposed, they run amok and attack people.
In the last half year, there has been a sharp rise in racist attacks and attacks against mosques, including firebombs and nail bombs. EDL marches are helping create and sustain a climate where such attacks are possible, giving confidence to the attackers by making them think they are a part of a growing popular movement. It is important that we stand up and stand united against their presence.
Stand up united against the EDL
The EDL are coming to Slough to try and intimidate, harass and bully people from minority backgrounds in the town, while also boosting their own egos. We need to stand up and unite to send them a clear message that their message of hate is not welcome on our streets.
We will be assembling from 11am to 4pm in Salt Hill Park.
More info to come nearer the date…
Facebook Event: Join the AFN Bloc – Slough
The verdict of lawful killing in the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan is an insult to his memory, to his family and to all people of colour brutalised by police. The Metropolitan Police shot an unarmed man while he was surrendering: that this has been deemed lawful by 8 of 10 jurors speaks to the depth of this system’s contempt for people of colour. As the UK’s mainstream media currently reports verbatim press releases from the Met as though they were factual accounts, it is important to remember, and to enumerate, the ways the justice system is weighted against people of colour and how it defends and upholds the culture of police impunity which has grown alongside increasing state repression.
Structural racism is endemic throughout the criminal justice system. People of colour in the UK, and particularly working class people of colour, face disproportionate use of stop and search, disproportionate charging decisions and disproportionate custodial sentencing. This is not the work of a few bad apples, racist officers with personal grudges, privileged judges with contempt for ordinary people, though both undoubtedly exist: this is a systemic problem, the same institutional racism documented in the Lawrence enquiry. With this verdict we have learned once again that police violence against communities of colour, no matter how brutal, no matter how blatant, is mandated by the state and defended by the mainstream media. Inconsistencies in the police narrative of this killing - the IPCC’s initial claims of a shootout, later withdrawn; the ‘most wanted criminal in Europe’ whose record amounted to nothing more than petty offences - were consistently ignored by a mainstream media eager to toe the line and present Mark Duggan as a gang member and a dangerous criminal, in spite of the facts. This uncritical rehashing of police lies, and the reliance on racist tropes about urban Black men, also speaks to deep structural racism within the press.
Similarly, responsible reporting from the inquest itself, where time and again the police account of Mark Duggan’s death was contradicted by forensic and video evidence, was restricted to local newspapers and community voices: the mainstream media was largely silent about the gaping holes in the police record. Expert witnesses showed that none of Mark Duggan’s DNA or fingerprints were found on the gun nor on the sock police claimed he used to hide it, though the DNA of others was found on both. Officer V53, who shot Mark Duggan, claimed Duggan was upright and pointing a gun at him, though forensic evidence found that the bullet’s trajectory meant Duggan was bent over and turned away when he was shot. After video evidence showed their testimony was false, police witnesses were recalled to court for their failure to provide a plausible account that fitted the evidence, something which the judge called a “stark problem,” though “systemic perjury” might have been closer to the mark. There was only one civilian witness to Mark Duggan’s death, only one eyewitness without a state interest to protect: Witness B, who described what he saw as “an execution”.
At the time of writing, the liberal left is appealing for calm, and citing respect for the criminal justice system as a democratic institution. There is considerable police pressure on Mark Duggan’s family not to ‘inflame’ the situation or to harness public rage at this appalling miscarriage of justice. Behind this pressure is the memory of the riots that followed Mark Duggan’s death: then, the left condemned the thousands of young people, many of colour, who took to the streets in defiance of state violence and repression. The police force they fought then, and the courts that so brutally and disproportionately punished them in the weeks that followed, do not exist to protect them or their interests. They are more than aware that the criminal justice system is a form of state violence against them: they are living that reality.
SLAF stands in solidarity with the family of Mark Duggan, with all those still imprisoned following the riots, and with those facing the daily reality of police harassment and violence. We stand in solidarity with all people of colour facing the systemic racism of the UK court system. We will continue to work towards building community resistance against state violence. We will be joining Mark’s family at the peaceful vigil they have called at Tottenham Police Station at 2pm on Saturday 11th January, and we call on all antifascists to do the same. No justice: no peace.