NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MARCH
BRIXTON TO DOWNING STREET via SCOTLAND YARD
SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 1999
ASSEMBLE 12pm BRIXTON, LONDON
*Sack Sir Paul Condon!
*Justice for victims of deaths in police custody & prisons! -
*Suspend officers involved - Prosecute officers responsible for unlawful killings!
*Justice for victims of frame-ups! - free Winston Silcott and reopen the cases of other victims of police frame-ups!
*Justice for victims of racist murders and attacks! - The Acourt brothers, Dobson, Knight and Norris are guilty of the murder of Stephen Lawrence! Prosecute racist murderers and thugs!
*Justice for immigrants and asylum seekers! - Repeal the Asylum and Immigration legislation - Reinstate all benefits - Recognise rape and sexual violence as persecution and grounds for asylum - Drop the proposed immigration and asylum laws! - End immigration & asylum detention!
*Stop police harassment! - Scrap "Stop & Search" powers! - Withdraw CS Spray! - No to "Zero Tolerance"!
*Defend & extend Legal Aid! - Legal Aid for asylum seekers, civil and 'class' actions and inquests into police abuses etc.
*For the right of community defence against racist attacks!
The revelations in the Stephen Lawrence inquiry have highlighted the institutional racism of the police and the whole criminal justice system. Many recent cases have exposed the injustice which affects black, Asian and other ethnic minority people and poor people generally. Now the government is proposing new racist laws against immigrants and asylum seekers.
The Stephen Lawrence inquiry highlighted the justice work that women do, in particular black women. Without women's voices, much of what black communities suffer in surviving violence and pursuing justice would remain hidden.
The groups and individuals below are organising a national Civil Rights March in London on 6th February 1999, shortly before the publication of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, and when the new Asylum Bill will be going through Parliament. This will allow black and Asian communities and anti-racists to declare our verdict on the institutional racism of the police, of government legislation such as the asylum and immigration laws, the legal system, and on racist killers who have gone unpunished. It will serve notice on the government that we won't be duped or pacified by any cosmetic 'reforms'.
The march is being called by: Shah Alam, Trudi Caesar (President of the Afro-Caribbean Society, Queen Mary & Westfield College), Black Women for Wages for Housework, Movement for Justice, Abdul Onibiyo, Save Immigrants and Asylum Seekers (SIAS), Sengul Family Must Stay Campaign, Winston Silcott Campaign, Kingsway College Anti-Racist Group (supporters so far)
For more details call 07957 696 636 or 0976 916 956