Kill The Bill Coalition Statement
We, the undersigned groups and organisations, stand in solidarity with all those fighting to #KillTheBill.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is a dangerous and unnecessary piece of legislation that endangers the rights and safety of every single one of us. It is therefore no surprise that those who are working to #KillTheBill have come together from every section of society. We stand united and reject attempts to divide our movement into “good” and “bad” protestors.
We must be clear: there is no version of this Bill that is tolerable. Whilst we support the many efforts to stop this Bill passing through Parliament, we also call on all groups and organisations to stand unified in demanding nothing less than a complete rejection of the Bill. If we stand together then we can #KillTheBill.
In recent weeks, we have seen the police repeatedly abuse the powers they already have. Giving them more powers will not make us safer.
The Bill intensifies police brutality against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, and criminalises their way of life. This must go.
The Bill gives the police the power to criminalise protests for being “noisy”, disruptive or “annoying”. This must go.
The Bill uses ‘protecting’ women as a cover to expand police powers and increase custodial sentences. These measures are not sufficient to prevent violence, and are troubling considering police officers’ implication in cases of violence against women. This must go.
The Bill expands stop and search powers, which are already regularly used to harass and terrorise young black people. This must go.
The Bill will silence the calls for justice by families of those whose loved ones have died at the hands of the police. This must go.
The Bill makes those at the sharpest edge of state violence even more unsafe – including migrants, sex workers, Disabled people, and racialised communities.
We must Kill this Bill.
The Government’s current majority means that the Bill may pass through the halls of Parliament. That does not mean it will pass through the streets.
Just as many before us – in history as recent as the anti Poll Tax movement – we know that victories are won in the streets, in our communities and workplaces. People power has already got this Bill delayed. It can also stop it being enforced.
We, the undersigned, stand together to Kill The Bill in its entirety and with all the tools at our disposal.
ACA – Afrikan Caribbean Assembly
Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU)
BASE & Roses
Black Educators Alliance (BEA)
Black Lives Matter UK (BLMUK)
Black Lives Matter Cardiff & Vale
Bristol Defendant Solidarity
Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network (BKSN)
Bristol Rising Tide
Bristol Sex Workers Collective
Coalition of Anti-Racist Educators (CARE)
Community Court Yard
Communication Workers’ Union (CWU)
Decrim Now: Campaign for Sex Worker Rights
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
Docs Not Cops
Easton Cowgirls Football
English Collective of Prostitutes
Global Women’s Strike
GRT Community – L, M
Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB)
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network UK
Jewish Solidarity Action
Justice for Black Lives
Kids of Colour
Kill the Bill Cornwall
Kill the Bill Liverpool
Kurdish Peoples Assembly of Britain
Labour GRT Campaign
Left Book Club
Left Unity Liverpool
Left Unity UK
Legal Action for Women
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM)
Liverpool 47 Surcharged Councillors (1983-1987)
London Renters Union
Merseyside Anti-Fascist Network
No More Exclusions
North West Migrants Forum
Northern Police Monitoring Project
Our Future Now
Oxford Youth Strike
Payday Men’s Network
Prisoner Solidarity Network
Reclaim the Power
Ron Todd Foundation
Save the Northern Meadows
Single Mothers’ Self-Defence
Sisters Uncut Cardiff
Sisters Uncut Manchester
Soas Detainee Support (SDS)
South Asia Solidarity Group
South London Bartenders Network
The Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC)
The World Transformed
Transgender Action Block
Travellers Against Fascism
Tribe Named Athari
United Families & Friends Campaign
United for Black lives
United Voices of the World
University & College Union (UCU)
WinVisible (women with visible & invisible disabilities)
Women Against Rape
Women of Colour Global Women’s Strike
Women’s Strike Assembly
Women’s Strike Assembly Cymru
Wretched of the Earth Collective
Organisations can sign the statement here