There is something Special about Station Support

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So when the protesters and activists have long gone home and the legal observers are enjoying their well earned and deserved pint the next phase of the back office is initiated. Step up the unsung hero’s of what we do station support. There is something special about the people that turn up for station support. You haven’t got the chanting and excitement of a demonstration/protest, you haven’t got the adrenaline rushing through you as a legal observer. These people have more than likely been standing shoulder to shoulder with those that are now in the cells. They may not know the people in the cells but they are showing solidarity. They sit in the station waiting sometimes for hours, waiting with coffees that may have gone cold and been replaced with beers and crisps and the cost of a fair to get the person home. As they sit for hours they constantly keep at the desk to get news of arrestees they get messages to friends, family and solicitors. they feed back to the GBC back office to continue the time lines. To sit in a police station not knowing how long it will take to be fed bullshit by police officers and refusing to be fobbed off is a truly selfless act of solidarity.

To come out of your cell to be greeted by people with smiles, hugs, friendship and solidarity is something you can not put into words or put a price on. For arrestees to know that there are people waiting for them and they are not on their own is one of the strongest forms of solidarity we can show our comrades in these situations. I remember walking out of my cell and seeing people asleep on the police lobby floor waiting for me. I can’t put into words how important this act of solidarity is and the act of letting comrades/arrestees know that they are appreciated.

Appreciating the work of all the support systems involved in protest but today it is a big up for station support. YOU FUCKING ROCK !!!

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In appreciation

Hampstead Mum

https://greenandblackcross.org/

Throw “Caution” to the Wind

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Accepting a Caution  – An admission of guilt sometimes with no evidence presented.

I remember a conversation I had with my son a few years ago about the routine stop and searches that he and his friends had been subjected too from his mid teens till early 20 ‘ s. Or when they were old enough that one of them had a car and they weren’t walking from A to B. The tone of the conversation was that this was normal.

We recently revisited this conversation when talking about knowing your rights with his sister and some friends. I knew about the stop and searches but this time what came to light was the amount of cautions accepted by the group for really really small violations or none at all. From teenage drunken arguments to the smell of marijuana and being searched to find chip’s of half smoked joints. Not unusual teenage behaviour that most teenagers grow out of. They accepted these cautions without question. Being picked up in the wagon, charged and processed at the station being told how this would result in far reaching consequences. Criminal records, loss of job prospects, their parents disappointment etc etc. So when you 18 and being intimidated by authority worried about what parents would do being offered a caution presents itself as a “get out of jail free card ” A caution should not be offered until there is an admission of guilt but we know that is not the case and often are offered for an admission of guilt as the favourable punishment.

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This summer at an activist camp I carried out a know your rights works shop in which one of the key messages is “Do not accept a caution”. when a man approached me afterwards and said he thought the training was invaluable and wish he had come across it a few years ago. The man was a retired probation officer and  had left when he had no fight in him left and how the system did not look out for the welfare of these minors and went on to tell me how  the majority of his case loads had arrived on his desk because of the misuse of cautions. He was based in the North where unemployment was the norm. boredom, no youth clubs, social and mental health issues, alcohol and drugs created the no hope social makeup. What he found was that cautions were used as a form of control and given to people for associations.  This was normal practice and by the nature of young people none would grass on a friend and silence was seen as guilt and collective punishment was used in the form of cautions for all. This isn’t the worst part of it it actually gets more sinister. His cases were a lot of young people that had been “known” to the police from this kind of policing and what was happening was when an arrest occurred and the youth went to court the cautions were used to prove bad character and therefore guilt by supposed previous behaviour. By the very fact that they had been issued made you guilty and a habitual criminal and the offender was more likely to be detained. So for some of his cases they had harsh sentences for what could in fact be a first offence. By the very act of accepting a caution, an admission of guilt with no evidence provided fast tracked them into the penal system. He said he saw it time after time.

There is no statutory basis for the formal caution, it is a discretionary procedure adopted by the police under home office guidance. A caution offered usually means they have little or no evidence to be able to charge you for the offence of which you are being accused and get a conviction. The police use cautions to pump up their crime result statistics and a caution should really never be accepted. (The exception to the rule of course is if your solicitor advises otherwise). But that’s the other thing most of these teenagers don’t assume solicitors to be on their side and rightly so as most Duty solicitors do not have the best interests at heart either and will advise this “Problem teenager”  to accept the Caution as the easiest option. Police are increasingly using cautions against people that don’t know the law. With the changes in legal aid and court costs sometimes no lawyer will be present at all and the result is people going to prison for next to nothing or nothing at all. Cautions do create repercussions, unlike a conviction a caution is never spent and can be used against you at any time. Cautions can ruin peoples lives.

We need to be teaching our teenagers is “No Caution” ” No Duty Solicitor”. The criminal Industry is creating an income from our teenagers and their best interests are furthest from their minds.

Keep your hands off our teenagers and stop criminalising them for your statistics and financial gain.

The other side of the coin is that cautions are also being used for serious crimes such as violence and rape. Now what message is that sending out?  A fucked up one.

The Hampstead Mum

When the accusers are the abusers – Hampstead satanic conspiracy fuckeries

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“Top 10 conspiracy theories that have come true”. Don’t all stories start off as conspiracies? What about all the conspiracy theories that didn’t come true? Millions of them.

My problem with conspiracy theorists is the lack of objective conversations you can have with them. Yeah there might me a lot of truths you have in that story but there also happens to be a lot of untruths and it seems the problem is you can’t have an adult, objective conversation with out being accused of being part of the conspiracy. As I myself have experienced recently.

My experience has been with the Hampstead satanic abuse conspiracy. I am not going to go into the case in depth but for those that are not aware of it. A mother Ella Draper and her partner Abraham Christie accused the children’s father Ricky Dearman, members of the community, and teachers and parents from the local school of being involved with Satanic ritual abuse.  The court case actually happened last year but the usual restrictions where in place for the protection of the children. The children were placed in care for their own safety in September. (see time line below) So earlier this year the courts found that it was in fact the mother and partner that were guilty of crimes against the children and not those they were accusing.  Whilst the case for care was on going the mother dismissed her legal representative and started releasing the video’s. This was the biggest form of on line abuse of 2 children and others I have ever had to witness.

Within no time these accusations came to light after an incredible amount of videos, 16 in all, appeared on line of the children talking about the “abuse” that had been inflicted on them and others, these recorded on mobile phones whilst on holiday with the mother and boyfriend. These videos, to say the children had been schooled would be an understatement. They made me cry. 2 young children being filmed talking of things that they should have no understanding of, being questioned about murder of babies, cooking and eating and satanic sexual abuse. This was the child abuse ! This footage was the child abuse ! If the children had been abused then these conversations should be with a professional, if these children had been abused this was surely secondary abuse and could also create false memories of abuse.

So the online conspiracy heads went to town on this and the videos where getting millions of views. Court orders where taken out to get the videos removed and people kept on reuploading saying the story needed to get out. More abuse. At the time the video’s were released appeared Araya Soma who claimed to be helping the mother and released the names, addresses and telephone numbers of other children at the school saying they had been abused and their parents where also involved. This was all screen grabbed as I knew so many people listed and actually shaking with anger. And for questioning these posts being abused myself with such venom. I was considered a predator, an abuser or at the very least a facilitator for child abuse, just for daring to question such abuse. Religion, satanic abuse, children, tattoos, blood drinking, child sacrifice. All the ingredients were there in just the right quantity and it spread like wild fire but seemed more fitting for an Edgar Allen Poe novel.

So all of a sudden Hampstead was under siege. People were having shit posted to their house, phone calls where being made to people falsely accused of being abusing their children and the children themselves answering the phone calls. Strangers from all over the world were making contact with people in Hampstead and abusing them for being part of a so called Satanic abuse case.  The on line abuse became physical, mental and community abuse.

We were in lockdown. The police vans were parked outside our houses, outside the schools ( several schools where included in the accusations), outside the synagogue which is used by one of the schools, outside the church. Police walked up and down the streets. Neighbours had people come into earshot asking them if they have eaten babies. The local Church had baying conspiracy hecklers outside on a Sunday. The local church goers being abused and accused and not being allowed to go about freedom to practice their religion. And the police brought in to protect them and services disrupted by the likes of Christine Ann Sands Who claims to be “one of the chief organizers and one of the few public faces of Anonymous” with the  American evangelical style thrown in.

No longer do you hear children playing outside in the courtyards or outside their front doors as they did this time last year. Things have calmed down now but it’s on-going   The schools now hire private security guards who stand outside the school and walk the crocodile lines of children to the different buildings. We have children in our schools that think they need to be protected from these fanatical conspiracy heads. We look at people in the street and wonder if it’s one of them and await for some comment. The conspiracy cult who prefer to believe the most hideous heinous outlandish stories rather than the truth. Those that like repeating the story of the abuse so much you wonder what they are actually getting off on. Those that are facilitating the abuse of those children by carrying on the lie. There is the messiah complex with so many of these people promising to save the world from paedophiles, the illuminate and other secret societies. They seem to prey on naivety, uneducated and damaged survivors. They are predatory and abusive.

Only last night I took the dog for a walk and tucked under every windscreen wiper was a flier titled ” GOOGLE PAPA KILLS BABIES”  with the second line “THIS IS AN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT WARNING TO ALL PARENTS”. They have actually printed the abuse claims in detail along with excerpts from the bible. The children’s pictures are all over the internet. More abuse and so on and so forth. So unfortunately for the dog our walk changed route and I removed every last one of those fliers and I will do again and again.

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A note to whom ever…

Uk Column, Hampstead research, Belinda Mckenzie, Christine Ann Sands, Araya Soma and the like…….You don’t fucking belong here in Hampstead or anywhere. You are sick and twisted, you are the abusers. You have destroyed so many childhoods and yet you claim you are the saviours.  You are a disservice to any child that has been or is being abused. You are the enemy.

I don’t take too kindly to having police and private security patrolling my streets even less yourselves. You’ve had your 15 minutes of fame at the expense of innocent children,  now just fuck off.

Hampstead mum

http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/crime-court/timeline_how_fantasy_hampstead_satanic_abuse_cult_allegations_came_to_be_online_1_4001668

http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/crime-court/hampstead_school_at_centre_of_false_satanic_cult_allegation_welcomes_judge_s_ruling_1_4001462

http://www.ipt-forensics.com/journal/volume3/j3_3_1.htm

Can you really call yourself an activist ?

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We all have our pet hates, things that for some reason have struck a chord, a company, a government policy, fracking, housing, cuts, NHS….etc. What ever we have chosen to support it is one of a hundred and one things we could have chosen to take to task. But they are all symptoms of the same capitalist system. We can pick and choose who and what we want to protest against when the fancy takes us. My mates are protesting against fracking, and others about the housing crisis and the gentrification of our neighbourhoods. The range of injustices is so vast you could go protest hopping everyday and some of us do. So we are all activists…….

Day after day I see members of DPAC (Disabled People Against the Cuts) out there blocking the roads, storming Parliament and Locking on. Day after day I hear of how many disabled people are dying because of the cuts to the benefits and the loss of Independent Living Fund. They are relentless in their struggle for Independence and freedom. You see the difference is if they don’t succeed in their struggle they may well end up back in institutions or even die. My friends don’t have a choice.

When I get ready to go to a demo/action it’s pretty straight forward. I get up have a coffee, squeeze a little toast if I am feeling it, check in with a few people ,make sure I know where I am going, who I am meeting and what time. I pack my bag, some water, maybe a sandwich and bustcards. I make sure my phone is charged, put on my steel toe caps and leave the house to jump on the tube.

When my DPAC friends get ready to go to a demo/action it may take them hours to get ready. The struggle just to participate in an everyday activity such as getting out of bed can take an extraordinary amount of time, to take their drugs, unplug this tube, change this bag, to change their clothes, to prepare themselves to get to an action can take so much time and energy but they do. And there is no just jumping on public transport as very few routes on public transport are viable for disabled people. So before my friends even meet me on the street their struggle to be there is unquantifiable.

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When I stand shoulder to shoulder with other protesters against police lines we push and we shove but we stand there and we remain there of our own free will. When DPAC face police lines they get manhandled, they get pushed out the way, they get removed, they do not have the freedom given to us by our abled bodies to remain. They do not have the freedom to resist as we do. I have watched police officers push wheelchairs over, I have been pushed over wheelchairs, I have watched wheelchairs be pushed out of the way. I have seen my friends deprived of the rights of protest and their freedom of movement by the police using their disabilities against them. When DPAC stormed Parliament recently the police deleted all photo’s taken and stopped the press recording the action. When did you ever hear of that ? DPAC scare them and so they should be scared.

This is my issue……If we aren’t standing with those made most vulnerable by cuts (sorry DPAC I know you dislike the word vulnerable) and aiding these people within our society against the fascist state how can we call ourselves activists? Where is the solidarity?  Have we become so singular in our objectives that we aren’t willing to support others? If we are not protecting our disabled comrades then really it’s all about self interest. It must be ? Because thousands of disabled people are being cleansed from our society and you can only be bothered to get up when it suits. If this is the case we are fucked !

In solidarity with #DPAC

A Hampstead Mum

http://dpac.uk.net/

Peoples Assembly you nearly had my attention there.

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So the bullshit elections are over and we can get back on with our daily lives away from the bread and circuses of reactionary and popular politics with a royal baby thrown in for good measure. We can get back to dealing with the politics of daily survival in this slave economy, the housing crisis amongst our families, the destruction of our communities, the mental health crisis effecting our population…….. The “A” word Austerity which is the black dog so many of us have to deal with.

So as expected the reactionary protest flared and arrests ensued. The police behaved as normal and agitated, attacked and arrested innocent people. Rumour has it some “man” spray painted some statue or another. Uproar and outrage were the response. The next interesting thing that happened was the Radical Left General Assembly hosted by the Brick lane Debates. Some good groups coming together lets keep an eye on them and then the Peoples Assembly machine managed to ride the wave and created a National Demonstration to end Austerity and the invite now has 58k. Impressive.

So you’ve caught my eye for a number of reasons the march was billed to go from the Bank of England  to Hackney – different, they must have something planned other than the usual speeches, and the number of different blocks I have been invited to some of them not the normal run of the mill unions, and a few radical groups that do not normally do the A – B. Any way for what ever reasons I actually had a little hope in this being a little different. So much so I made some stencils.

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But no it wasn’t to last for long Peoples Assembly have changed the destination of the demo. What the Fuck? What the fuckity fuck ?

Why do we always have to march to Parliament. To go to the power house and beg (sorry demand) change. Peoples Assembly want us to march from the Bank of England to parliament on a Saturday and listen to some “amazing” speeches and then go home. Ok so the majority of people will do just that. But why not use this amazing opportunity to take the people to a place that they are needed. Why go to a place that has systems ready to control the way we move using police lines, the way we behave with Agent provocateurs/Agitators ,the cameras to record every face that was there, the forward intelligence teams to record known activists when no crimes are being committed by innocent protesters.

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Why not take the march to a place where the young and angry will not be provoked into unrest by provocative, and aggressive police tactics creating opportunities to arrest innocents. Why not take us to a place we can highlight what is a real issue at the moment the critical housing crisis for example. We could hold our speeches and our assembly in the belly of the beast. In one of the many areas being gentrified, we could take it to a specific place to highlight one of the many issues that is threatening the working class the real politics of life and survival.

So why not? Why not make the march an action? Why not give people the taste of the power they hold? Why not ? Is it because actually you really don’t give a shit that you are taking people into one of the most highly secure areas in London and you know that to get the coverage you want the arrests. Are you secretly hoping that a blac bloc will run amok and smash a few windows of companies that don’t pay their tax or spray paint some slogans that provide cheap journalism an easy story. Are you willing to sacrifice the people you can’t engage?

So why don’t you take it somewhere else? Why not ? Why not take it where they don’t know how to facilitate your demo and have an assembly that is inclusive and progressive. Because right now all your doing is giving the state another opportunity to criminalise any dissent and alienate the disengaged further. I will not be promoting another fawnification of bullshit parading where no solidarity is being shown to the people that most need it.

Fucking waste of time oh yeah and I heard they wanted to raise £60,000 for that privilege. I want my stencils back !!

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Hampstead mum

There’s no justice just court costs

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Being an activist usually means at some point in your activist career you will be committing some form of disobedience, be it civil or criminal. Ranging from trespassing in buildings highlighting tax avoiding corporations, locking on to lorries carrying chemicals into fracking sites, or obstructing entrances to highlight the sale of illegal torture equipment in our Capital city. What ever or how ever we protest we will be and should be working outside the establishment rules otherwise what’s the point ?

It’s a costly affair protest, from getting arrested, to having to attend bail dates, trips to the solicitors, then to court cases, delayed hearings, and fines. The thing about being arrested for an action and the following legal proceedings is that we will always plead not guilty because this isn’t about the law, this is about morals and ethics. We are doing this because we believe that our actions are valid. So the new “Criminal court charge” that was introduced through the back door this week is another attack on our right to protest.

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These costs are not means tested and are across the board for whatever your “crime”  We are all too aware of what a profitable business crime is for the establishment and you as a protester will be given the same court costs as a person that has violently attacked somebody. So for an activist that has somehow crossed the line i.e. entered the Arms Fair and refuses to leave protesting about the illegal sale of torture equipment by an exhibitor, may then finds themselves in a magistrates court for aggravated trespass. Of course goes “Not Guilty” but subsequently found guilty, you will be expected to pay your fines of around £200 -£300 and also pay court costs of £520

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So what’s going to happen? Will it be only rich people can protest? Are we going to see protesters unable to carry on protesting because they are in debt bondage to the courts. “Sorry I can’t come to stop the Arms dealers till I pay off my debt to the courts” Are orders going to be made against earnings, benefits, possessions? Is this going to put people off protesting?  Are people going to be pushed to pleading guilty so as to not incur such high costs. Pleading guilty at a magistrates only costs you a mere £150 a snip of the cost.

So with cuts in legal aid and now court costs we seem to have one legal system for them and one for us. The rich versus the poor. And it’s not going to get any easier. So what can we do? We could create a legal aid type funding system through the help of benefactors, philanthropists, and funding. Or we could just up our game become more militant and make sure we don’t get “court” .

To quote Netpol………..

The potential impact of the new Criminal Court Charge is one more reason why campaign organisers need to ensure they ask for legal observer support at their protests – and why, if you can help, we need more people to train and volunteer to carry out this important supporting role.

Contact GBC Legal at gbclegal@riseup.net for further details about future legal observer training.
Hampstead Mum

https://netpol.org/2015/04/13/criminal-court-charge/

https://www.caat.org.uk/

What happens if you Break Bail conditions?

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In light of the new police tactic of mass arrests that are becoming common place Here is a little info on bail conditions that may help.

What happens if you Break Bail Conditions ?

While answering bail is a crime, breaking bail conditions is not. How ever you can still end up in trouble. Follow these simple instruction or check

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/a_to_c/bail/#a07  for full details.

Have you been charged with a Crime?

(were you given a sheet saying what you’re charged with and when to go to court?)

NO:

The police can arrest you if they reasonably suspect you’ve broken the conditions but have to charge you or release you on the same conditions. Any time spent in custody after being booked in counts towards the total you can be held for ( normally 24 hours).

= YOU CAN’T BE SENT TO JAIL

Yes:

You can be arrested if police reasonably suspect that you’ve broken the conditions or they reasonably believe you are likely to break them. They must then bring you before Magistrates within 24 hours not including Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas or Boxing Day. The Magistrates then decide whether to give you bail and if so can change, .eave or drop the conditions. But they cannot remand you in custody if there is no real prospect that you will get a custodial sentence.

So if you are on bail for a non imprisonable offence = YOU CAN@T BE SENT TO JAIL

If you are on bail for a imprisonable offence = YOU MIGHT BE SENT TO JAIL

Does it matter if the conditions are imposed by a Court or the Police?

YES!

Although there is legally no difference breaking police or court bail conditions post charge Magistrates take breaking conditions they impose more seriously than conditions imposed by the police and it’s the Magistrates who decide if you get remanded and try your case.

Annoying the Police = Cross Police

Annoying the Judge = Unhappy You

Street Bail is different

Street bail is where you are given bail without being taken to the police station but are given a written condition that you attend a police station at a later date.

  • No other conditions can not be imposed as part of street bail
  • It is NOT an offence to fail to answer police bail
  • You can be arrested if you don’t attend the police station. This is just like a first arrest for the offence.

You do not have to give your name and address when arrested. It can be an offence of obstructing a constable in the course of their duty to give a false name or address