Police Spies Out of Lives / Support group for legal action against undercover policing

from thefreeonline on 13rd Jan 2023

Support group for legal action against undercover policing

25/03/19 ©David Mirzoeff 2019

Where we stand

The women and our many supporters, believe that:

There are no circumstances in which it would be acceptable for an undercover police officer to engage in intimate relationships with either targets or members of the public under the guise of their undercover identity.

Police Spies Out of Lives

The fact that this has taken place repeatedly, despite being morally wrong and unjustifiable, shows that within the police forces in the UK there exists:

    • institutional sexism – women have been used to shore up undercover identities, without regard for those women’s right to a private life (whilst men have been affected, evidence so far shows that it is primarily women’s lives that have been abused in this way).
    • institutional prejudice against members of the public who engage in social justice and environmental campaigning, including a disregard for their human rights.

Both these forms of institutional prejudice must be challenged and stopped; each has reinforced the other.

We call for:

Until these things happen, we have no reason to believe that these abhorrent abuses have stopped, or that the police acknowledge their actions are wrong, and that they must change.

We come from different backgrounds and have a range of political beliefs and interests, and we are united in believing that every woman, and every person, has a right to participate in the struggle for social and environmental justice, without fear of persecution, objectification, or interference in their lives. We welcome allies who wish to engage with the above issues in this spirit of democratic empowerment.

The women we support who are bringing legal action are doing so to highlight and prevent the continuation of psychological, emotional and sexual abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers. You can take a stand with them by signing up to the above statement, using the contact form below.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Police Spies Out of Lives

IN THE NAME OF KING AND COUNTRY

IN THE NAME OF QUEEN AND COUNTRY

Undercover police officers were on duty when they infiltrated our most personal lives, deceiving us into intimate, sexual relationships. Maintaining His Majesty’s peace: monitor political protest, get close to the main players, then disempower the groups ‘by any means necessary’.…

WHERE WE STAND STATEMENT – please sign and send your support

  • Add your name to the public list of supporters who agree with this our Where We Standstatement
  • When you sign it, you can also send us a message of support.
  • Discuss the statement with your friends and family; share it on social media.
  • Raise it with your colleagues and allies.  Could your group or your organisation add its name too?
  • Could you publicise the statement through your networks?

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY

Write to the following people – and ask others to do the same.
If you feel able to, share your letter on social media. You don’t have to agree politically with your MP, local councillor or commissioner to tell them how you feel on this issue. Don’t let them pretend to themselves that no-one cares. Tell them YOU do. Tell them why. Tell them that you’re not going to give up until those who are responsible are brought to justice.
Invite them to sign up to the Where We Stand statement, and to take action in whatever way they can.

  • Write to your MPYou can contact your MP via TheyWorkForYou.com
    Please let us know if you receive replies from your MP. You can email us on contact@policespiesoutoflives.org.uk. You can also send copies of your letter to your MP to the Home Affairs Select Committee (homeaffcom@parliament.uk) and the Home Office (public.enquiries#@#homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk). Your MP should do this, but don’t leave it to chance.
  • Write to your local councillor – You can contact local councillors via WriteToThem.com Your local council should be holding your local police force to account via the local Police Authority. The undercover unit responsible for the abuses is known to co-operate with many of the police forces across the UK and internationally.
    Make it clear that this isn’t policing, it’s abuse.
  • Write to your local Police and Crime Commissioner – You can contact your Police and Crime Commissioner via www.gov.ukMake it clear that you are expecting strong statements from all sections of the UK police condemning the abuse of private lives and recognising that institutional sexism and institutional prejudice must be challenged. Invite them to sign up to the Where We Stand statement.

PETITIONS & CAMPAIGNING

Is your group or organisation interested in this issue? Do you want to create your own campaign? This could be an awareness initiative, a petition covering a particular aspect of the case, or a fundraising activity (e.g. sponsorship, gig, or other event) to raise money for legal costs. We would love your help! Let us know your plans, so that we can tell others what you’re doing.

We welcome allies who wish to engage with these issues in a spirit of democratic empowerment.
–  Where We Stand

TRADE UNION AFFILIATION

PSOOL welcomes affiliation from trade union branches. Several of the officers who deceived women into intimate relationships became members of trade unions which they spied on.The Metropolitan Police has admitted there was collusion between these Special Branch units and the Economic League / Consulting Association. Information about trade union activists was passed to private construction companies such as Skanska and McAlpine  in order for them to blacklist workers. The spycops scandal goes to the heart of the trade union movement.

Get Involved

YOU CAN HELP

This issue is far wider than the cases we are involved with. Not everyone affected by police abuse can take the police to court for what happened. For those who try, the process is long and painful. Please join us in speaking out and taking action in whatever way you can and encourage others to do the same.  If you share our campaign on social media please use the #spycops hashtag and tag us in.

DONATE

The women involved in litigation about undercover relationships are dealing with the emotionally challenging work of preparing their cases and rebuilding their lives – often in the face of enormous blocks placed in the way by the police, who again and again belittle and obstruct legal proceedings and public knowledge. All those we support – including those who have reached a settlement out of court – are facing ongoing battles to get to the truth, including through the public inquiry. Costs are incurred for meetings, travel and other childcare. The women affected should not have to bear these costs alone.

Whether you are sending a personal donation, putting on a benefit gig to raise funds, or sending money from your group, we really could not thank you enough.

Donate here (via Paypal). Cheques and Postal Orders (in GBP) can be sent to:
Police Spies Out Of Lives, c/o 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX, UK

If you’ve donated to us, please also consider setting up a standing order to the Aftercare Fund – a solidarity fund for all those affected by undercover police abuses.

DON’T GIVE UP!

Let’s not allow this abuse to deter any of us from building a better world for everybody. Keep fighting oppression – whether it’s oppression against women, or any other kind. Keep creating social and environmental justice. Keep taking direct action. Keep building community. Keep building networks of love, respect and mutual aid. Keep doing what you’re doing, and don’t stop. You’re amazing. Thank you.

We come from different backgrounds and have a range of political beliefs and interests, and we are united in believing that every woman, and every person, has a right to participate in the struggle for social and environmental justice, without fear of persecution, objectification, or interference in their lives.
– Where We Stand

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