If you were one of the 182 cyclists arrested on 27 July, and aren't already in touch with GBC, then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as a matter of urgency. Background info below. Please forward this request to spread the word.
London Green Party Officer
It turned out to be a good thing that we had a different venue for the meeting about the Critical Mass cyclist arrests last Thursday evening, since around 100 people turned up.
It seems people found it OK from the map stuck up at Firebox, and we made very good use of the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall!
Many of the arrestees that Green and Black Cross (GBC) have already made contact with turned up, along with - and this was an especially valuable aspect of our having initiated the meeting - some of the 182 who weren't already in touch with GBC. (GBC have taken on to co-ordinate defence stuff, at least to the extent of trying to trace people, getting them in touch with one another, and linking them up with appropriate lawyers.) There were also people at the meeting from 3 different legal firms who've taken on some of the 182 [though there's at least one more firm involved too], together with other Critical Massers, several CON people, and others - including a few from groups that work on issues of activist support, the right to protest, etc [though CM rides aren't generally considered to be protests as such, of course].
There was an introduction to the legal issues surrounding the police's purported use of the Public Order Act, and discussions of related issues - including news of a successful challenge to the bail conditions by one defendant already. The solicitors at the meeting are all currently giving advice on these cases free, and will continue to do so at least up to and including any further challenges to bail conditions.
There was discussion of the possible roles of a defence campaign, and of its importance in terms of other CMers not arrested last time, and in terms of its wider political significance. But there was agreement that launching a more general defence campaign would be kept on hold pending an arrestees-only [plus GBC] meeting, which is being organised by GBC any day now - since any campaign around the arrests needs to be done with the views and interests of those arrested having priority.
The most important thing we can all do right now (apart from generally making a fuss about the police behaviour in any forums open to us, and of course ensuring that the turn-out on the August CM ride is absolutely
massive) is to spread the word in any direction which might reach arrestees, since some are still not in touch with the main bulk of others from the 182.
So please push this message out:So please push this message out:
If you were one of the 182 cyclists arrested on 27 July, and aren't already in touch with GBC, then e-mail email@example.com as a matter of urgency.
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