Sites of Resistance invite you to join us at 6pm Wednesday 21st November 2018 at Number 70 Oxford Street, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, M1 5NH to discuss recent developments in fracking and anti-fracking protests, and the wider significance of this in terms of defending the right to protest. We are delighted to confirm that Richard … Continue reading This is No Small Fracking Matter
Since 2012, there is emerging a counter-narrative to the predominant discourse of the violent black ‘gang’ which we argue has been (ab)used to justify the over-policing and development of harmful criminal justice policies and practices which deliberately target black, mixed race, Asian and other minority ethnic groups and communities across England and Wales. Of note, … Continue reading Being Matrixed: The (over)policing of gang suspects in London.
Being removed from your family as a child and taken into the care of the state is inconceivable for many of us. Often the context is traumatic and, in 99% of cases, this intervention has nothing to do with the child’s behaviour. Yet the evidence reveals that down the line, when that child becomes an … Continue reading Adult Care Leavers: Battling a Care-less Process
Matteo Tiratelli of the University of Manchester discusses new research findings on stop and search. Stop and search has been a controversial topic over the last few years. In 2014 the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, told MPs that as many as 250,000 street searches were probably carried out illegally last year and called for … Continue reading New study finds little if any evidence to suggest increased stop and search can reduce levels of violent crime
During a parliamentary debate on 25th January 2018 MP’s from both Government and opposition parties expressed clear concerns regarding the use of joint enterprise laws. This debate is particularly welcome as the failures that have shaped the problematic use of these laws over the last four decades have been both legal and political. Two years … Continue reading Demands for political and legal redress for Joint Enterprise ‘wrong turn’
The time has come to call an end to the use of ‘gang’ lists, such as the MET Police Gangs Matrix. There is sufficient data to challenge the assumed relationship between serious youth violence, as a pressing issue of harm in society, and the policing of gangs. We argue here that rather than support an … Continue reading Death Knell for Police Gang Lists
A Family Statement This statement is being read at sentencing at Manchester Crown Court on 14.9.17 behalf of the families involved in the Not Guilty by Association family group. This group includes a number of the families whose loved ones were charged as defendants in the two murder trials. The group is supported by local … Continue reading NOT GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION
For Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in England and Wales, justice is elusive. That is the overwhelming message to emerge from the Lammy Review, launched on 8th September 2017 at the Royal Society for the Arts in London. Presented as an ‘independent review into the treatment of and outcomes for Black, Asian … Continue reading On the Lammy review