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28,612 Brumies Have Signed the Petition

‘Introduce Sanctions Against Israel’
Petition has Reached 356,844 Signatures and Rising Every Second.
28,612 Brumies Have Signed the Petition
Walsall South 2,144
West Brom 660
East Brom 806
Perry Barr 2,503
Erdington 1,061
Warley 1,200
Ladywood 3,313
Edgbaston 1,001
Hodge Hill  5,307
Yardley 2,932
Hall Green 5,394
Selly Oak 1.279
Solihull 1,005
Grand Total 28,612
The petition has Reached 355,466 Signatures and Rising Every Second.
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Early Day Motion 7 – Undocumented Migrants

That this House recognises that there are many barriers that prevent people from accessing and maintaining stable immigration status even when they were either born in the UK or have lived in the UK for many years; further recognises that the majority of undocumented migrants have lost their status through no fault of their own, including through an inability to pay application fees, lack of access to legal advice, mistakes on the part of decision-makers and complexity of immigration rules; understands that the harm done to individuals through hostile immigration policies extends to family members and the communities that they are part of; notes that the UK has one of the most complex and expensive routes to regularisation in Europe; further notes that all current routes to regularisation and settlement are far too long, complicated and inflexible, leaving people with no options but to live undocumented; understands that migrants who do not have access to the public safety net or the right to work are vulnerable to exploitation and; and calls on the Government to support recommendations made by Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in its report, We Are Here: routes to regularisation for the UK’s undocumented population, published in April 2021 by introducing new routes to regularisation and removing barriers which cause migrants to become undocumented.

EDM (Early Day Motion) 7: tabled on 11 May 2021, https://is.gd/9H39N8

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3,500 + Reasons to ‘Kill the Bill’

In 1968, two Civil Rights marches in Northern Ireland were banned by the Stormont Government. As the law stood such demonstrations were illegal. They had been called by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA), a coalition of various groups both Protestant and Catholic and students. To challenge the inequality and discrimination against ethnic Irish Catholics that was perpetrated by the Ulster Protestant establishment. Both the marches met with violence on the orders of the Stormont Government.

The first protest march from Coalisland to Dungannon, took place on 24 August 1968. The march was publicised as a “civil rights march”, and the organisers emphasised its non-sectarian dimension. Bernadette Devlin (who became a civil-rights activist) described a festival atmosphere that turned “uglier” when the police stopped the march from entering Dungannon, where a counter-demonstration had been called by the Paisleyites. The NICRA organisers announced that they would not breach the police cordon. However, as Devlin recalls, they began to “lose their hold on the marchers”. According to Devlin, many of the initial organisers soon left after efforts to wind down the movement failed; those who remained “sat down in big circles all over the road and sang rebel songs till midnight”.
The second civil-rights march took place in Derry on 5th October 1968. The march was characterised by non-sectarian civil-rights demands, including an end to gerrymandering and discrimination in housing and the right to vote. The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) attempted to violently disperse the marchers. Chaos erupted as the protesters found themselves trapped between two lines of the RUC. The police drove the protesters across the river into the Catholic area of the Bogside: “By this time the original confrontation between marchers and the police had given way to a general battle between the police and young residents of the Bogside, most of whom had taken no part in the march”. It was all downhill from here and what followed as led to the death of over 3,500 individuals.
1969 saw unprecedented violence break out across the whole of Northern Ireland, the vast majority of the violence carried out by Prodestants against Catholics. Thousands of Catholic families were either forced out or burned out of their homes.

The birthdate of the Northern Ireland civil-rights movement is considered to be 5 October; images of police brutality were broadcast worldwide, and much of Northern Ireland’s population was horrified. In Derry, the period following 5 October was one in which established political forces and prominent individuals in Catholic areas tried to harness and control the movement’s energy.

The Battle of the Bogside was a very large communal riot that took place from 12 to 14 August 1969 in Derry, Northern Ireland. The fighting was between residents of the Bogside area (organised under the Derry Citizens’ Defence Association), and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) along with local unionists. The rioting erupted at the end of an Apprentice Boys parade which was passing along the city walls, past the Catholic Bogside. Fierce rioting broke out between local unionists and the police on one side and Catholics on the other. Rioting between police and Bogside residents continued for three days. The police were unable to enter the area and eventually, the British Army was deployed to restore order. The riot, which sparked widespread violence elsewhere in Northern Ireland, is commonly seen as one of the first major confrontations in the conflict known as the Troubles.

Northern Ireland & ‘Kill the Bill’

Northern Ireland – First Civil Rights March Dungannon August 1968

What is the relevance of above to the impending Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021

in August and October 1968 two small demonstrations were batoned off the streets and started the Northern Ireland conflict. The first march took place in Dungannon in August 1968, in protest at the allocation of public housing by the local government and was shortly followed by a smaller protest march in Derry city. The Derry march, famously, was attacked by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), and images of bloodied marchers, including Member of Parliament Gerry Fitt, were broadcast via the Irish state television station RTE, first around Ireland and then around the world.

The second march in Derry on October 5, 1968, was followed by an intense series of protests and disturbances in that city. These culminated in intense rioting with the RUC in January 1969 after a Civil Rights march from Belfast to Derry. People’s Democracy had come under sustained attack by loyalists. The fighting in Derry led to the sealing off of the working class nationalist district of the city – the Bogside and Creggan areas – from the police in early 1969, in what was known as ‘Free Derry’.

Fifty-Five years later, and with over 3,500 deaths, the UK Government has learned nothing. Throughout the Fifty-Five years, the UK Government has fully supported the severe use of force to suppress all legitimate protest. The short-lived civil rights era of the late 60s and early 70s has been conveniently overlooked, perhaps because it illuminates the fact that the endemic discrimination in Northern Ireland was ignored for decades by successive Westminster governments of every political hue.

Trespassers Won’t be Prosecuted? – More Reasons to ‘Kill the Bill’

What the Acquittal of XR Protestors Tells Us About The Future of Policing Protests. The policing of protests has come under increasing focus this year. Last week’s acquittal of XR protestors in Liverpool Magistrates’ Court therefore merits a closer look. The case is important because the Government is using it to justify the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (“the Bill”).

The protest was against climate change denial in the “Murdoch media”. The protestors sat on top of a van blocking the entrance to a printing plant. They were prosecuted for aggravated trespass. At trial, the District Judge acquitted them because he was unsure they had been trespassing at all. The Government condemned the protest as an assault on democracy and the free press. Priti Patel, the home secretary, complained that the acquittals showed how “current legislation used for managing protests is not fit for purpose.” This seems to have been a nod to the desirability of the Bill becoming law.

The irony is that the Bill itself threatens to stifle freedom of expression. It could enable protestors to be convicted of serious offences on vague grounds. For example, a person (“P”) could be found guilty of “intentionally or recklessly causing public nuisance” under s.59(1) if:1. P does an act, or omits to do an act, required by any enactment or rule of law; and 2. P either:
(i) causes serious harm to the public; or
(ii) obstructs the public from exercising or enjoying a right; and 3. P intends or is reckless to their act or omission having that consequence. The definition of “serious harm” under s.59(2) is extraordinarily wide. It ranges from death to “serious annoyance”. P does not even have to cause actual harm. P commits the offence even if another person is only “put at risk” of the harm (see s.59(2)(d)). The custodial penalty ranges from a maximum of one year on summary conviction up to 10 years on indictment (see s.59(4)).

By contrast, the maximum custodial penalty for aggravated trespass is three months. Such legislation is open to abuse. Future protestors who block a printing plant (even without trespassing) might be prosecuted under s.59 and face lengthy imprisonment. After all, such unruly behaviour plainly risks causing serious annoyance to others (not least the home secretary). Vague drafting and harsh penalties are why so many voices are urging the Government to “kill the Bill”. If the Bill does become law then it has dark implications for how protests may be policed in the future. “For a country that so often prides itself on civil liberties, this Bill represents an attack on some of the most fundamental rights of citizens”, Gracie Bradley, Interim Director of Liberty Sourcce: Doughty Street Chambers, https://is.gd/hBkWH68 May 2021

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021: A Briefing for Trade Unionists8 May 2021This briefing has been compiled by the Stop the Police…

May Day Protest Rally Saturday 11 am 1st May 2021 Victoria Square Birmingham

Mark this May Day with a protest against the Police and Criminal Bill threatening our hard earned liberties achieved over centuries of struggle

Parliament

The UK Parliament, is the supreme legislative body of the United Kingdom, has two Houses, ‘Commons’ and ‘Lords’, that work on behalf of UK citizens to check and challenge the work of Government, make and shape effective laws, and debate/make decisions on the big and small issues of the day.

UK public elects 650 Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. MPs consider and propose new laws and scrutinise government policies by asking ministers questions about current issues either in the Commons Chamber or in Committees.

House of Lords members are not elected; they appointed by the Queen on the advice of the incumbent prime minister.

This section will show selected reports from sittings of the ‘Commons’ and the ‘Lords.’

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Online Petition: Access to Healthcare, Housing, Food For All Undocumented/Destitute/Migrant Peoples

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Grant an Urgent Amnesty to Undocumented Migrants Living in the UK

A petition for the regularisation of undocumented migrants in the UK has now reached over 72,500 signatures with just under 3 months to go until signing closes. This petition is powered by a network of grassroots activists and undocumented folks that have worked tirelessly sharing it and reaching out to different communities to support it.

Undocumented Migrants are suffering in silence, with no access to adequate Financial support, or any help. The Government should grant an urgent Amnesty of 5 years to those with no criminal record so that they could live their lives as normal human beings and pay tax to help the UK economy. The current pandemic has created a more hostile environment for undocumented migrants. The Government should grant an immediate Amnesty to the Undocumented Migrants with no criminal record, to enable them to live their lives as decent human beings and help the country economically. Since the migrants are already in the UK, it would not only be cost effective but would make sense to keep them in the UK and grant them citizenship so that they are granted their basic human rights.

You can add your signature here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/567681

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EDM 1732: Fire and Rehire Tactics
That this House notes with alarm the growing number of employers who are dismissing and re-engaging staff on worse pay and terms and conditions, a practice commonly known as fire and rehire;agrees with Government Ministers that such tactics represent an unacceptable abuse of power by rogue bosses, many of whom are exploiting the covid-19 crisis to increase profits at the expense of loyal staff who have risked their lives during the pandemic to keep businesses going;welcomes the Government’s stated commitment to tackle those shameful abuses;calls on the Government to publish the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service report into the practice received by Ministers on 17 February 2021;and further calls on the Government to commit to including proposals in the forthcoming Queen’s Speech to outlaw this form of industrial blackmail,as is the case in other European countries,and to bring forward this new legislation as a matter of urgency to protect UK workers from exploitation by unscrupulous employers. This motion has been signed by 20 Members. Parliament:

Tabled on 13 April 2021, https://is.gd/NDirba

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EDM 973: Justice for Osime Brown – Deportation No Way

That this House acknowledges 21-year-old Osime Brown’s autism and the behavioural challenges that come with it; further acknowledges the Home Office’s plans to deport Osime to Jamaica where he has not lived since he was four years old and has never returned to; notes Osime’s mother’s words that if they deport him, he’ll die; further notes that, although a friend testified that Osime was not directly involved with the crime, Osime is currently in prison where he is self-harming to the point that he has hundreds of scars on his body; recognises the Citizen’s Advice Bureau’s advice which states that if one is detained despite being vulnerable, one should apply for bail; calls on the Government to acknowledge Osime’s autism, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and PTSD; further calls on the Government to release Osime on bail rather than being moved to a holding facility that is not properly equipped to meet his needs, remove the call for Osime’s deportation, and see that Osime finally receives the support he needs for his disabilities.

Parliament: Tabled 06 October 2020, https://is.gd/sCszvi

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EDM 1656:Undercover Policing Inquiry
That this House notes the ongoing independent public Undercover Policing Inquiry, set up to investigate undercover policing in England and Wales since 1968; recognises the concerns raised by Non State Non Police Core Participants (NSNPCPs) and interested campaign groups (including the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance and Police Spies Out of Lives) that the inquiry is not currently properly accessible to Core Participants or to the public; supports the principle of open justice including that public inquiries should be open and accessible to the public; believes that all Core Participants should be able to fully access and participate in the Inquiry; is concerned that the decision not to have audio and visual live streaming of the inquiry prevents full engagement from participants and prevents public and press access to proceedings; and Supports the calls from the NSNPCPs for full audio and visual live streaming, for the Inquiry to sit with a diverse panel of experts alongside the Chair throughout, for the names of groups subjected to undercover police surveillance to be disclosed publicly alongside the ‘cover’ names of undercover officers to allow those who were subjected to undercover police surveillance to assist the inquiry, for NSNPCPs to receive disclosure of their registry files in full and as a matter of urgency, for the terms of reference to be extended to include Scotland and Northern Ireland, and for trade unions, alongside all participating NSNPCPs to be given funding for legal costs so they are able to fully participate in the inquiry.

Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled on 17 March 2021
This motion has been signed by 22 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.
https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/58285

Put Your MP to Work – Ask Them to Sign EDM 1656 To find your MP go here: https://www.writetothem.com/

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