Resistance or Defence? Legacies of the 1985 uprisings
Saturday 8 October, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
More than 30 years on, the issues around police brutality which sparked the 1985 uprisings in Brixton, Tottenham, Toxteth, and Peckham continue to remain a focal point of public discussion. The rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement has meant that there is an increasing consciousness of injustices around policing in the US, but how does that relate to the UK context and the local struggles that continue today?
From the shooting of Cherry Groce in Brixton to the fatality of Cynthia Jarret in Tottenham, how does the 1985 uprisings fit into the history of resistance against deaths in custody in the UK? Digging into our archives, we will explore the history of defence campaigns and how they continue to seek ways to address these issues today. Stafford Scott, community leader, activist and key campaigner for Tottenham Defence Campaign joins us as we interrogate local struggles for justice and their position today.
Free, booking is essential
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