RJN News: October 2016

ATTENTION: THE PENAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IS COMING TO LONDON

The European Custody and Detention Summit is a trade fair for security companies, prison builders, and other profiteers to present new technologies that expand and privatise the criminal justice system.

The Summit is posing as a forum for providers and policy makers to share best practice and discuss the future of custody and detention. A closer look at the agenda and sponsors indicates that this event is not infact promoting the penal industrial complex, including the privatisation of criminal justice, the expansion of prisons, criminal justice and border enforcement.

The summit is taking place at the Tower of London on 15th and 16th November. It has been organised by the same networks involved in fossil fuel and arms trade meetings, such as the West Africa Oil & Gas Security Summit and the Eastern Europe Defence Summit.

Reclaim Justice Network are inviting other campaign groups to join us in protesting and boycotting the Summit.

  • You can read our full statement on why we are boycotting the summit on our website.
  • We are currently writing letters to all summit speakers and trustees of the Tower of London to reconsider their involvement in the event.
  • We are hosting a banner making session on 6th November, location TBD.

Campaign updates

Reclaim Holloway

Following the closure of HMP Holloway, Reclaim Justice Network (in partnership with Women in Prison) are building a broad-based, local campaign to ensure the site is protected for benefit of women, Londoners and the local community to build homes not prisons.

Stop G4S

News

  • United Friends and Family Campaign, in collaboration with Black Lives Matter UK, held their 18th memorial march (video) on 29th October in central London. Families of those who have died in police custody, prisons and psychiatric hospitals march to Downing Street. They delivered a letter to the Prime Minister demanding justice for the victims of state violence. You can see images from the march here.
  • Stop Detention Scotland have formed a public coalition to campaign against the building of a new immigration detention center in Paisley. We are supporting the campaign, and you can read the statement here.
  • Gleeds, a global consultancy firm, have published a report and video advocating for the government’s prison building revolution, but suggesting they build small custodial units rather than huge titan jails.
  • Three serving police officers have been charged with perverting the course of justice and perjury over Kingsley Burrell’s death, who died in police custody in Birmingham in 2011.
  • The family of Jamal Mahmoud, the 21 year old father who was recently murdered in HMP Pentonville, staged a protest outside the Ministry of Justice, demanding the closure of ageing and ineffective prisons.

 

Events

  • London Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee and Radical Assembly South East London are holding a joint event on building resistance to prisons in the UK. The meeting will be held at The Field, 385 Queens Road, SE14 5HD on 14th November, 7pm.
  • Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts (BARAC) are hosting a day demo and an evening public meeting against mass forced deportations. More info here.
  • Housing activists, including Focus E15 are holding a public conference and day school on resisting social cleansing.
  • Radical booksellers Housmans will be hosting ‘Writing Police Wrongs’, an evening of fiction and poetry readings related to police injustice, followed by conversation.
  • The Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative at The Open University are hosting a day event critically engaging with harm across the criminal justice system. Click here for more information and registration details.
  • Organisations, think tanks and housing activists have collaborated to present Land for What? a conference tackling the housing crisis. We will be running a workshop on our Reclaim Holloway campaign. You can register here.

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