Civil liberties, justice, crime

Bolsonaro's threat to Brazil

Submitted by AWL on 23 November, 2018 - 10:55 Author: Alessa Alegre
Bolsonaro

Shortly before he was elected president of Brazil on the second round (28 October), Jair Bolsonaro made clear the extent of his intolerance to political opposition, saying of his political opponents “either they go overseas, or they go to jail”.

He plans vastly to increase the powers of the militarised police, which will have a significant impact on working-class, predominantly black, communities.

Fake news inside the left

Submitted by AWL on 7 November, 2018 - 11:02 Author: Cathy Nugent
fake news

On 26 October, the Red London Facebook page, purportedly a site run by Corbyn-supporting socialists, posted a meme indicating that the Clarion magazine and one of its editors, Sacha Ismail, support child abuse. Sacha is a member of Workers’ Liberty, and the parent of a young child.

The claim is ludicrous, reckless, and malicious. It is not the first time that Red London have smeared members of Workers’ Liberty. Who are Red London? What are their politics? What other attacks have they made on us and other socialists?

Police target groups campaigning against deaths in custody

Submitted by AWL on 23 October, 2018 - 4:45 Author: Simon Nelson
deaths in custody demo

It is now clear that police infiltration of left wing and campaigning groups is far larger than had previously been thought.

The particular revelation that police targeted not just anti-capitalist and direct action focused groups but also those campaigning against deaths in custody shows how desperate the police are to stop prosecutions of their own.

New facts on undercover cops

Submitted by AWL on 17 October, 2018 - 8:41 Author: Rhodri Evans

More than a thousand political and campaigning groups have been targeted by undercover police operations over the years since 1968.

In the latest instalment of a slowly-accumulating mass of revelations, the Guardian on 15 October published a list, compiled by the Undercover Research Group, of 124 groups within which police agents were placed between 1970 and 2007.

Stop Sexual Harassment and Assault on Public Transport

Submitted by SJW on 8 October, 2018 - 12:02 Author: Janine Booth

In July, I spoke at an event organised by Islington Labour Party women’s forum, called ‘Keeping women and girls safe in Islington’. There were various speakers from community organisations, the council and the police, plus workshops on domestic abuse, sexual harassment, hate crime, gangs and bullying. My job was to speak about harassment and violence against women on public transport.

How Marx transcended "the rule of law"

Submitted by AWL on 4 October, 2018 - 3:11 Author: Eduardo Tovar
police arrest striking miner

With the passing of Robert Fine on 9 June 2018, the British left lost a truly exceptional figure. A respected sociologist at the University of Warwick, Fine was a long-time sympathiser of Workers’ Liberty. Though he was less involved in frontline activism towards the end of his life, he never lost his commitment to working-class struggle. In short, Fine never became a stereotypical “Marxist academic”.

What should Labour do about policing?

Submitted by Gemma_S on 17 July, 2018 - 1:14 Author: Carrie Evans
A Labour Party leaflet in the shape of police helmets calling for more police officers

Carrie Evans spoke at Socialism makes Sense: Ideas for Freedom 2018 on 23-24 June about Labour, crime, and policing.

Labour have positioned themselves as the party of law and order. Most notably they are calling for police funding to go back to pre-2010 levels, and promising 25,000 extra police on the streets.

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