Solidarity with Ferguson and Justice for Mike Brown vigil and rally has been called by London Black Revolutionaries and NUS Black Students Campaign.
* Chair of London Campaign Against State & Police Violence
* Malia Bouattia & Others (NUS Black Students Campaign)
* NUS Womens Campaign
* Kings College London Students Union
* United Friends and Families Campaign
* RMT Union Paddington No1 Branch Secretary
* Brent Anti-Racism
* Wail Qasim – (Defend The Right To Protest)
* Justice For Mark Duggan Campaign
* Sean Rigg Truth and Justice Campaign
* London Black Revs
We also link here the Open Letter from the Community of Ferguson.
As law enforcement officials and national media gear up for a St Louis County Grand Jury’s announcement as to whether it will levy charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the August 9th shooting of Michael Brown Jr., activists have issued a 9 minute video communiqué providing an intimate look at the climate on the ground.
The video communiqué displays a cross section of the myriad groups activated in the region and includes exclusive footage of Vonderrit Meyers Sr., Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III, celebrated artist and HandsUpUnited.org cofounder Tef Poe, Taurean Russell, Lost Voices organizer Low Key, Millennial Activists United co-creator Ashley Yates, activist and Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, Damon Davis — a volunteer with The Don’t Shoot Coalition, Canfield Watchmen founder David Whitt, as well as local Ferguson business managers.
Viewers are encouraged to tweet, share, and embed the video using the accompanying hashtag #FergusonSpeaks —extended raw clips of each of the video’s subjects are available upon request.
March from Windrush Square to Brixton Police Station
Join Doreen Bishop, InPDUM and more to commemorate and demand Justice for Ricky Bishop, who died in custody at Brixton Police Station in 2001.
On the afternoon of Thursday 22nd November 2001, Ricky Bishop, a 25 year old man of African-Caribbean heritage, was arrested in whilst in a car and taken to Brixton Station. His mother, Doreen was informed several hours later that he was in hospital. Shortly after she arrived she was told that he had died. He had unexplained injuries to his mouth, wrists and legs.
The police issued a what the family describe as a misleading press release about the circumstances surrounding Ricky Bishop’s death. They also held grave concerns that they were not informed about the contents of the press release before it was issued.
An inquest was held but the family complain that vital evidence was withheld and the injuries on Ricky’s body have never been explained.
On 30th January 2014, G, a young asian male wearing a puffa jacket and other ordinary street clothing, observed the aftermath of a stop and search in Newham. As a concerned bystander, G monitored the stop and search, and protested when he saw the police officers’ conduct. This encounter resulted in G being charged with the following: one count of words/behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress; two counts of assault/resist of a police officer; and two counts of obstruction of a police officer.
G strongly feels that these charges are malicious and represent an attempt to prevent the peaceful monitoring of police activities including stop and search, by concerned members of the community. It is not a criminal offence to monitor the police’s activities, nor is it a criminal offence to question the police’s conduct. LCAPSV is standing in solidarity with G and demanding these charges be dropped.
G would greatly appreciate your support at his trial, at Stratford Magistrate’s Court at 9.30am. We will meet outside the court with banners, and will be present in the public gallery during the hearing. We must let the police and Crown Prosecution Service know that we are watching them in G’s case, and in every other instance of police harassment in London.
G has requested that people dress smartly where possible, this is to support him in demonstrating that he is a man of ‘standing in the community’.