SIGN NOW: On-line ePetition - Impact of policing and community safety measures on young people.
We are a local community campaign, brought together by our shared concerns arising from the summer riots.
Our actions are focused on these four areas:
THE SUMMER RIOTS
INEQUALITY & YOUTH PROBLEMS
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Stop & Search Legal Project (SSLP) is organising a public meeting along with Stop Criminalising Hackney Youth (SCHY) at
7pm on 6 September, at Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby's Walk, E9 6DF http://www.chatspalace.co.uk/
The details are as follows and everyone is very welcome - it would be great to see you there.
Chair: Ava Vidal, comedian, writer, patron of SSLP (www.avavidal.co.uk)
Kam Gill,Stopwatch www.stop-watch.org.uk
Sadie King, Stop Criminalising Hackney Youth www.schy.co.uk
Sheun Abiola, young person from Hackney CVS Stop & Search Monitoring Group
Young person from YH World
Sophie Khan, lawyer, Stop & Search Legal Project & Director, Police Action Centre www.policeactioncentre.org.uk
Gary McFarlane, journalist & campaigner
Young person from Hackney
A bit of background....
As the Guardian and LSE's collaborative report 'Reading the Riots' revealed, police use of stop and search powers is a real cause of resentment among young people in Hackney, particularly young black men, many of whom described it as something the police use to bully and harass them as they are going about their day today lives.
Hackney Council's Community Safety and Social Inclusion Committee asked the police about this at a meeting in September 2011 and invited them to look into it and report back to them one year later. We are now approaching that one year deadline and the Council Committee are due to hear from the police at a meeting on 11th September. We want them to hear from the community too, hence the public meeting.
The meeting will be filmed by independent documentary maker Isis Thompson.