Suggested wording for motions for right to protest and against Police Bill

Wording above the separator only can be used if you want a short version.

We oppose the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which threatens to gut the right to protest, including the rights of workers and unions; worsen an already draconian and repressive criminal justice system; and target Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

The Bill is part of a wider authoritarian-nationalist project, including plans for more anti-strike restrictions, persecution of migrants, and attempts to stifle discussion of left-wing ideas.

We will:
• Sign and circulate the “Kill the Bill” statement initiated by Sisters Uncut.
• Circulate information about protests, mobilise people to attend and look for opportunities to organise protests.
• Invite a speaker from Sisters Uncut. Invite a speaker from the Free Our Unions campaign about the Bill’s impact on workers’ rights to strike and protest.

The Police Bill struggle, like last year’s Black Lives Matter movement, demands the labour movement takes a clearer and more radical stance on policing and criminal justice.

Heavier policing and a more punitive criminal justice system are not solutions to society’s problems. We must attack poverty and inequality, restore and expand social provision – starting by comprehensively reversing cuts to services, privatisation and outsourcing, and attacks on workers’ rights – and narrow the spheres in which criminal justice operates. We must push back hard against the Tory agenda for society, towards a society based on provision for people’s needs, not profit-making.

As part of this we will campaign, and call on unions, Labour and other left organisations to campaign, for:

• Repeal of the restrictions on the right to protest in the 1986 Public Order Act, 1994 Criminal Justice Act, 2011 Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, and anti-strike laws.
• Urgent moves to tackle police violence and abuse of power, including replacement of the so-called Independent Office for Police Conduct with a genuinely independent body with representation from friends’ and families’ campaigns, human rights organisations and the labour movement.
• Greatly strengthening accountability of police to elected local authorities, including in operational matters.
• Curbing of police powers and role, including in terms of use of force, stop-and-search and police presence in schools. General demilitarisation and disarming.
• Addressing drug-related problems through public-health policies instead of criminalisation.
• Adequate provision of services so that mental-health crises are dealt with by trained civilian workers, not police.
• A major prisoner release programme and sharply curtailing the useof prison sentences.

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