Abolition or Reform? Dismantling Criminal Justice

Below is LCAPSV’s introductory text for Reclaim Justice Network’s event: Abolition or Reform? Dismantling Criminal Justice, which is next Thursday, 6:30pm at University College London. More details here: https://downsizingcriminaljustice.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/event-abolition-or-reform-dismantling-criminal-justice-19-november-2015/


London Campaign Against Police & State Violence came together after our Chair, Steffney’s son had been Tasered, sprayed with CS gas and severely beaten for being black while in a public phone-box. Steffney made a call for a community response and people gathered to support her son’s appearance at a South London police station, as he faced charges. Eventually he was acquitted of all charges against him.

Her son’s case was a familiar one, predominately young black men being harassed, assaulted, even killed by police officers. Only for the victim of police brutality to be charged as if they were the aggressor.

We are interested in criminal justice because it directly affects us, black people are disproportionately represented at every level. This is inseparable from structural racism in housing, health, employment, education and more. Today we live in a society in which black people are the most likely to be expelled from school, become unemployed, stop and searched, Tasered, stripped-searched by police, prison staff and airport immigration, convicted and receive the harshest sentences including imprisonment.

We deem these outcomes not just as class oppression but also as white British supremacist, where white British people are at the top of a social hierarchy and the black is at the bottom. The governing structures that produce these outcomes are founded upon racialised laws and enforcement, exemplified particularly by drug laws. By racialised, we mean that power is constructed in a way that makes black life and particularly black Muslim life at the moment, targeted as suspect. It is not hoodies, nor the music that we create that criminalises us, to be black is to be regarded criminal by default.

We are for reform in the short-term and radical change in the long term, but if we eliminated these racial biases in the system, we would still be campaigning. We do not seek an equality of violence within the criminal justice system. We want to end the violence that it creates and perpetuates.

November Update: Conferences, Workshops and Film Club


Below is a list of upcoming events that we either involved in or being organised by supporters of LCAPSV

http://presleymills.com/portfolio/somatic/ INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Date: Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th November, 9am – 5pm
Wac Arts
Hampstead Town Hall Centre,
213 Haverstock Hill,
​London NW3 4QP

Global Women’s Strike conference, CARING, SURVIVAL AND JUSTICE
​VS. THE TYRANNY OF THE MARKET. Speakers include Reni Eddo-Lodge and Canadian organisers of Black Lives Matter movement.

Link: http://gwsconf15.weebly.com/


DATE: Sunday 15th November 11am – 5pm
SOAS Students’ Union, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG

A day of workshops to discuss, organise and build solidarity against state violence, injustice, and the criminalisation of protest. LCAPSV will be there discussing policing in communities.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1700814696831339/

http://suminvest.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=http://suminvest.com/advisors/whowehelp/ ABOLITION OR REFORM? DISMANTLING CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Thursday 19th November, 6.30pm – 9pm
Woborn Suite, UCL, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU

Reclaim Criminal Justice event including a speaker from LCAPSV. More details: https://downsizingcriminaljustice.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/event-abolition-or-reform-dismantling-criminal-justice-19-november-2015/

FB https://www.facebook.com/events/929656673749374/


Date: Saturday 21st November, 1pm
Location: Home Office London, SW1P 4DF

Organised by Lesbian and Gays Support the Migrants.
Migrants in the UK and at our borders are facing increasing attacks by the government and by the media. The government will soon be passing an Immigration Bill that will prevent migrants from accessing housing and criminalise migrant workers.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499371540357358/


Date: Thursday 26th November
Location: Goldsmiths Students’ Union, SE14 6NW

Further details to follow.


Date: Saturday 28th November, 12pm
Location: Central London, TBC

JOIN SISTERS UNCUT to resist lethal cuts to domestic violence services. DETAILS to be confirmed, but for now SAVE THE DATE!! We want to make this action as big and beautiful as possible.

FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1390062737959697/


Date: Sunday 29th November, 2pm
Location: The Field, 385 New Cross Road, London, SE14 5HD

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1617909318463936/


Date: Sunday 29th November, 3pm
Location: The Field, 385 New Cross Road, London SE14 5HD

LCAPSV hosts a monthly free film screening at “The Field” in New Cross, to provide a space where it is possible to enjoy an interesting movie but also to share and discuss experiences of violence, objectification, oppression and harassment. This could include intrusions such as constant stop and search, or physical violence, or the everyday stress of being made to feel you somehow have to account for yourself and your experiences of racism.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/625034454305022/

That’s it!