Subversion, sabotage and spying: Political policing and state racism in the UK
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About the conference
Government policy continues to invent and punish ‘suspect and targeted communities’ and frustrate genuine attempts to hold its agencies to account. Building on a hugely successful conference in 2015, this event will examine the history and disastrous impact of the policing of social and justice movements. It will open a dialogue on ‘accountability’ so that a long-awaited 'momentum for change' can be driven by those directly affected by disproportionality and discrimination.
In light of the upcoming Undercover Policing Inquiry, the conference will seek to develop a strategic alliance between those directly affected by undercover policing (so far 170+ non-state individuals have been granted core participant status at the Inquiry), civil society and the public so that the Inquiry adopts a broader, open and more rigorous approach.
This conference is co-organised by The Monitoring Group and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. It is supported by Imran Khan and Partners and Tottenham Rights. The conference is hosted by London South Bank University, School of Law and Social Sciences.
NOTE: ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE PAY ON THE DAY AND BRING CORRECT CHANGE IF POSSIBLE (FEES ARE BELOW)
For last minute inquiries, email us or call Will McMahon: 07968 950 223 or Rebecca Roberts: 07956 604 355.
Press inquiries: Suresh Grover 07816 301706
Conference programme for Saturday and Sunday
Saturday: Policing of black, asian and 'suspect communities' – spying, lying, dying and racism
|10.15||Political policing: Setting the context|
|Tony Bunyan (Statewatch), Prof Mark McGovern, Colin Prescod (Institute of Race Relations)|
|11.15||Question and answer session|
|11.45||Policing of 'suspect communities'|
|John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor), Gareth Peirce (Birnberg Peirce), Paddy Hill (Birmingham 6 / MOJO UK), Becky Clarke (Manchester Metropolitan University), Salma Yaqoob/Muhbeen Hussain|
|12.45||Question and answer session|
|Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance, Undercover Research Group, Blacklisted Trade Unionists, Black Justice Campaigns, JENGbA|
|15.00||From 'suspect communities' to targeting of campaigns against injustice|
|Professor Gus John, Suresh Grover (The Monitoring Group), Vakass Hussain and Abrar Javid (Support the Rotherham 12)|
|15.45||Question and answer session|
|16.15||Why the Undercover Policing Inquiry is important|
|Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Imran Khan (Imran Khan & Partners), Kate Wilson (Police Spies Out of Lives), Stafford Scott (Tottenham Rights / The Monitoring Group)|
|17.15||Question and answer session|
Sunday: Spycops and the Undercover Policing Inquiry – is accountability possible or a pipe dream?
|10.30||History of the Special Demonstration Squad and Spycops, Herne and Ellison|
|Rob Evans (Journalist, The Guardian)|
|10.55||Question and answer session|
|11.05||The spied upon speak out|
|Baroness Jenny Jones (The Green Party), Piers Corbyn (scientist and housing activist), Helen Steel (Police Spies Out of Our Lives), Dave Smith (Blacklisted Trade Unionists), John Monerville (father of Trevor Monerville), Mark Wadsworth (journalist and anti-racist campaigner), Janet Alder (sister of Christopher Alder), Alastair Morgan (brother of Daniel Morgan), Sukhdev Reel (Mother of Ricky Reel)|
|12.20||Question and answer session|
|The post lunch session will focus on the challenges posed by the Undercover Policing Inquiry and how to address them|
|13.35||Challenges facing the Undercover Policing Inquiry|
|Michael Mansfield QC, Courtenay Griffiths QC, followed by a statement from Peter Francis (ex-SDS officer turned whistleblower)|
|14.15||Question and answer session|
|14.30||An official update from the Undercover Policing Inquiry|
|Piers Doggart and Stephen Brown, members of the Undercover Policing Inquiry legal team|
|14.50||Question and answer session|
|15.15||Discussion space for non-state non-police Core Participants at the Undercover Policing Inquiry|
|This sessions has been specially created for participants and members of the public to meet and discuss the latest information including issues flowing from the preliminary hearings. It will include contributions from some of the lawyers representing non-State core participants including Harriet Wistrich (Birnberg Peirce), Jules Carey (Bindmans), Kate Ellis (Imran Khan & Partners), Shamik Dutta (Bhatt Murphy)|
The timetable may be subject to change due to developments around the Inquiry. Delegates will be informed of any changes.
NOTE: ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE PAY ON THE DAY AND BRING CORRECT CHANGE IF POSSIBLE (FEES ARE BELOW).
IMPORTANT: If you are a registered Core Participant at the Undercover Policing Inquiry OR you are a student at London South Bank University, your entry to this conference is free.
Venue, date and time
London Road Building
100-116 London Road
London, SE1 6LN
|Unwaged - Saturday & Sunday||£ 10.00|
|Waged - Saturday & Sunday||£ 20.00|
|Small Vol. Org. Turnover under £2m - Saturday & Sunday||£ 60.00|
|Large Vol Org. Turnover over £2m - Saturday & Sunday||£ 120.00|
|Public & Private Sector - Saturday & Sunday||£ 200.00|