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We will be ending the year with two final events to mark the end of 2015:

CANDYMAN AT FRUITVALE FILM CLUB

Sunday 27th December, 3pm at The Field, 385 New Cross Road, London SE14 5HD
Fruitvale Film Club presents CandyMan – made in 1992, it is about the ghost of a lynched Black man who takes revenge on anyone who calls him by his name. Join us in (re)discovering the film in a friendly atmosphere.

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1031749636864894/

BRIXTON PRISON DEMO: MAKE SOME NOISE

Friday 31st December, 6pm
HMP Brixton

HOSTED BY:
– London Campaign Against Police Violence
– Defend the Right to Protest
– NUS Black Students
– Black Dissidents
– Community Action on Prison Expansion

Noise demos outside of prisons are a continuing tradition across the world. A way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned during the New Year, remembering those held captive by the state. A noise demo breaks the isolation and alienation of the cells our enemies create, but it does not have to stop at that. It is time to imagine a world without incarceration, without detention, without racism and injustice.

The proportion of people of African-Caribbean and African descent incarcerated here is almost seven times greater to their share of the population. In the United States, the proportion of black prisoners to population is about four times greater.

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1650029808594377/

In North London there will be a demo at 8pm Pentonville Prison and 9.30pm at Holloway Prison https://www.facebook.com/events/483674028483728/

Hope to see you there!

Content Note: Video footage of an aggressive arrest on a man of South Asian heritage

On Sunday 19th December, a young man of South Asian heritage is accosted by Thames Valley Police in the Buckinghamshire area.

The Police asked for his details, he was under no legal obligation to provide it unless he was driving a car. Apparently the Police forcefully and perhaps unnecessarily put him on the ground to arrest him and claimed that his refusal to identify himself was the reason for the arrest, on these facts alone, we believe this arrest is unlawful. We post the video, purely for the audio as the footage is poor and will support any further action the man decided to take against Thames Valley Police.

Watch for yourself and share this video.

By Stafford Scott

Following the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker and with the subsequent on going homicide investigation by the IPCC, the Peace Alliance and Tottenham Rights will be hosting a community meeting to address any emerging community concerns.

This will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday 17th December 2015 at the Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach, London, N15 4RY.

The IPCC will be in attendance along with Haringey Council and the Metropolitan Police. The local MPs have been invited and will most likely be In attendance. The solicitors for Jermaine Baker’s family will be attending  and continue to urge that the media respect the wishes of the family for privacy.

This Sunday, come and join London Campaign Against Police & State Violence for end of year drinks and refreshments!

Date & Time: Sunday 13th December, 3pm – 7pm
Location: Hootananny, 95 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/196162920722876/

All newcomers will be offered a free beverage of their choice and have an opportunity to speak with our activists and organisers.

Throughout the year, LCAPSV has continued to support several individuals who faced bogus charges of police obstruction and assaulting a Police Officer, in all of these cases they resulted in those charges being either dropped or acquitted.

We have also worked with others to lead a campaign against Operation Shield, a police pilot enabling the police to evict families from social housing on the basis of suspicion of criminal activity. Two councils since have officially claimed to have pulled out, read about that here

In May, we worked with Defend the Right to Protest and NUS Black Students Campaign to hold a vigil for Julian Cole and Freddie Gray

Below is a video from the vigil:

In August, we ran our Brixton Splash Cop Watch for the second year with volunteers and monitored police activity.

In October, we worked with Cherry Groce’s family to hold a memorial event for the 30th anniversary of her shooting and our members exposed that zero complaints about police racism were upheld over the last 12 months.

We have also worked to run lunch clubs with Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth and now our own Fruitvale Film clubs at the Field in New Cross

2016 will come with more challenges not least due to the new powers to search drivers for immigration status under the Government’s Immigration Bill 2015-16.

We hope you can join us to reflect over the year and look towards the new one!