Friday, 28 May 2010

The return of the ‘sus’ laws?

This is an article from Socialist Worker this week, which outlines what lies ahead for policing from the Con-Dem coalition government.

New home secretary Theresa May promised to ramp up police powers in her speech to the Police Federation annual conference in Bournemouth.

May wants to give police powers that echo those of the hated and racist “sus” laws.

They would have the ability to charge people with “minor” offences without the involvement of the Crown Prosecution Service.

May also outlined plans to “untangle the knot” of police health and safety regulations.

At first glance this seems like a minor point—but remember Jean Charles de Menezes.

It was the breach of health and safety regulations that brought the police before the court.

For all the talk of restoring civil liberties, the Con-Dem coalition have made it clear that any such changes will be secondary to the huge cuts they plan to make to public services.

We have to continue to push for reforms, and at the same time stand firm against any attempts to reintroduce 'sus', which was used so draconianly - mainly against black people - during the 1970s/1980s.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Tribute to Mikey Powell - Saturday 15 May, Leicester

4WardEver UK, The Mikey Powell Campaign and several other groups will present this event on Saturday to mark what would have been Mikey's 45th birthday, and to showcase other families cases and campaign groups.

The eveing includes:

Tribute to Mikey Powell following the recent inquest and to mark what would have been his 45th birthday

Family spotlights (different families tell their stories)

Focus on / solidarity with those on US death row (featuring Tony Egbuna Ford)

Speakers from key UK/International groups: INQUEST, Prison Reform Trust, Reprieve etc

Campaign banner exhibition (banners from family campaigns on display)

Live music / dance / poetry

Fundraising raffle & sign-up to the United Families & Friends Campaign

Stands by various campaign & pressure groups...

To book a ticket go to the Mikey Powell Campaign website.