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Public events coming up in Birmingham and London

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Riots Reframed

Thursday 28 February, 7pm
The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Birmingham B6 4UU
Facebook event

Screening of Riots Reframed, a documentary on the 2011 riots by Fahim Alam, followed by panel discussion with Fahim Alam, Carole Duggan and others.

Justice for Mark Duggan

Thursday 6 March, 5pm
London Metropolitan University, room TM1-83,
166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
A5 leaflet as PDF

Carole Duggan, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Aaron Kiely (NUS black members officer), Jason Hackson (LMU student union president), Rob Murthwaite (London UCU equalities officer), Christina Paine. Organised by LMU UCU union branch and supported by LMU Unison and LMU student union.

Police violence, racism and deaths in custody

Friday 7 March, 5pm
SOAS, room G2
Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG
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Carole Duggan, Imran Khan (Doreen Lawrence’s solicitor), Fidel Santigi (Riot From Wrong) and others. Organised by SOAS student union, Justice for Mark Duggan and Defend the Right to Protest.

Stand up to racism and fascism

Saturday 22 March, 11am
assemble Parliament Square, London SW1P 3BD
Facebook event
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National demonstration against racism and fascism from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. There will be a Justice for Mark Duggan bloc on the demo – come and join us!

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Campaign launched at 200 strong community meeting in Tottenham

Fidel Santigi speaking at a #justice4mark meeting, 30 Jan 2014

The Justice for Mark Duggan campaign launched in public last night at the North London Community House in Tottenham. Up to 200 people attended through the course of the evening and heard about the struggle to uncover the truth about Mark Duggan’s murder.

Speakers included Carole Duggan, acclaimed poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and video activist Fidel Santigi of Riot From Wrong. All spoke about the long history of lies, cover-ups and media distortions associated with cases of death in custody or following contact with the police.

Mark’s family and friends condemned the media for its failure to critically examine the police narrative in cases of death in custody. Throughout the evening we heard moving words from Mark’s friends, many of whom have suffered further injustices since his death on 4 August 2011.

Zita Holbourne, Glenroy Watson, Jenny Sutton pledge support for Mark

Trade union activists were also there, including Zita Holbourne from the PCS, Glenroy Watson from the RMT and Jenny Sutton from the UCU. They promised to campaign for solidarity with Justice for Mark Duggan among their fellow workers and in their unions. Diane Abbott MP sent a message of support to the meeting.

Speakers from a different backgrounds highlighted the commonalities of their struggles against state violence, racism and austerity. They all underlined the need for solidarity between all those struggles to take them all forward.

The meeting took place at a Turkish and Kurdish community centre near Bruce Grove station. Activists from those communities spoke of their experience of police repression, and how they fought it by campaigning based on principles of unity across struggles against the violence of the state.

#justice4mark meeting, 30 Jan 2014

Joy Gardner’s mother Myrna gave a damning account of how determined police and media could be to deny the reality of the racist deaths at the hands of the authorities. Jim Curran from the Irish Civil Rights Association spoke about the experience of the Irish community during the 1970s.

Becky Shah from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign gave an emotional account of how insidiously the press conspired with South Yorkshire Police to demonise working class Liverpool fans, beginning their cover-up while bodies were still warm.

Marcia Rigg, whose brother Sean Rigg died in police custody in 2008, said that consistent campaigning could win out over bullying from press and police. At the end of last year the Rigg family forced the Independent Police Complaints Commission to reopen a criminal investigation into Sean’s death.

Carole Duggan speaking at a #justice4mark meeting, 30 Jan 2014

The meeting closed with Carole sharing a letter from an anonymous source that detailed the systematic use of police informants by the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Trident. The letter alleged that Mark’s death was linked to police attempts to protect one of their major informants. “That is what Trident do: they pay people to infiltrate communities, black and Asian communities,” she said. “I believe this is why Mark was killed.”

Winning justice for Mark will not be easy. The first battle will be to undermine the barrage of myths and lies surrounding who he was and how he died. Justice for Mark Duggan has produced a mythbuster card laying out just some of the facts: justice4mark.com/myths.

Statement from Diane Abbott MP

Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North & Stoke Newington, sent this message to last night’s launch meeting of the Justice for Mark Duggan campaign in Tottenham.

My apologies that I cannot be with you this evening.

The anger that followed the death of Mark Duggan was a build-up of resentment at persistent negative interactions that the black community face with the police and the justice system, from disproportionate stop-and-search to deaths in police custody.

Following Mark’s inquest verdict I held a large public meeting in parliament. The most telling speech meeting was not from one of the many lawyers or experienced activists present: it was from a young woman wearing school uniform who protested at the use of stop-and-search. She said that she and her friends had been harassed by the police since the age of 11. And she wanted to know what could be done.

The trust of young people like her are crucial in fighting crime. But instead of viewing the police as her protector she sees the force as her tormentor. As a disadvantaged group black people are more likely to be affected by crime than be the perpetrators of it. But we remain overpoliced as citizens and underpoliced as victims.

The inquest verdict has brought serious concerns and justified questions. These should not be framed as some kind of disrespect for the judicial process. The law allows for questions and challenges through appeals and judicial review. If the law itself recognises that it is not always correct, then we have not only a right but a duty ensure that its decisions equate to justice.

Let us not forget that had it not been for the Lawrence family challenging a legal ruling – and not only that but leading a campaign to change the law itself – two of Stephen Lawrence’s killers would not have been brought to justice.

I stand ready to support Mark Duggan’s family in any way that I can.

Diane Abbott MP

30 January 2014

Thursday 30 January: Justice for Mark public meeting in Tottenham

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7pm, Thursday 30 January 2014

North London Community House
22 Moorefield Rd, London N17 6PY
around the corner from Bruce Grove station

● Facebook event
● A4 pdf leaflet

Speakers include Carole DugganMarcia RiggBecky Shah (Hillsborough Justice Campaign), Linton Kwesi JohnsonZita Holbourne (PCS national executive, pc), Fidel Santigi (Riot From Wrong, justice4mark), Oktay Sahbaz (Day-Mer) and others tbc.

Mark Duggan’s family, friends and supporters believe that the inquest jury’s verdict that Mark was “lawfully killed” is terribly wrong. As the family solicitor said: “The jury found that he had no gun in his hand – and yet he was gunned down. For us that is an unlawful killing.”

The inquest has raised many troubling questions about the true circumstances of Mark’s death. We want answers to those questions. We will fight on to find out who was responsible for Mark’s death and hold them to account. We are calling on everyone to support us in this struggle.

Since 1990 some 1,476 people have died in police custody or following police contact (figures from inquest.org.uk). Yet not one police officer has been convicted. In Tottenham the family and friends of Cynthia Jarrett, Joy Gardner and Roger Sylvester still have no justice.

On Saturday 11 January around 1,000 people attended a vigil for Mark outside Tottenham police station. A public meeting has now been called on Thursday 30 Jan by the family campaign: a place to discuss discuss the facts of the case, the person Mark really was – and how you can help the Justice for Mark Duggan campaign.

“The vigil was just the beginning of the mountain that we have to climb to get justice for Mark – in unity and solidarity alongside his family and loved ones”.

Justice for Mark Duggan – justiceformarkduggan@gmail.com

● web justice4mark.com
● facebook bit.ly/justice4mark
● tumblr justice4mark.tumblr.com
● twitter @justice4mark

Public campaign meeting in Tottenham, 30 January

flyer for #j4m public meeting on 30 Jan7pm, Thursday 30 January

North London Community House
22 Moorefield Rd, London N17 6PY
(round the corner from Bruce Grove station)

speakers include Carole Duggan and others to be announced

Mark Duggan’s family, friends and supporters believe that the inquest jury’s verdict that Mark was “lawfully killed” is terribly wrong. As the family solicitor said: “The jury found that he had no gun in his hand – and yet he was gunned down. For us that is an unlawful killing.”

The inquest has raised many troubling questions about the true circumstances of Mark’s death. We want answers to those questions. We will fight on to find out who was responsible for Mark’s death and hold them to account. We are calling on everyone to support us in this struggle.

Since 1990 some 1,476 people have died in police custody or following police contact (figures from inquest.org.uk). Yet not one police officer has been convicted. In Tottenham the family and friends of Cynthia Jarrett, Joy Gardner and Roger Sylvester still have no justice.

On Saturday 11 January around 1,000 people attended a vigil for Mark outside Tottenham police station. This meeting is our next step: a place to discuss discuss the facts of the case, the person Mark really was – and how you can help the Justice for Mark Duggan campaign.

That vigil is just the beginning of the mountain that we have to climb to get justice for Mark – in unity and solidarity alongside his family and loved ones.