We need your help. This issue is far wider than the cases we are involved with. Not everyone affected can take the police to court for what happened. For those who are, the process is long and painful. Please join them, and us, in speaking out and taking action in whatever way you can, and encouraging others to do the same.
What you can do:
- Sign the Where We Stand statement – and send a message of support
- Affiliate your trade union branch to PSOOL
- Join our campaigns
- Demand accountability
- Petitions and campaigning
- Engage: write, create, reflect, discuss, propose, analyse, critique
- Keep campaigning – don’t let their abuse put you off!
Where We Stand – sign up to the statement, and send your support
- Add your name to the public list of supporters who agree with this statement: Where We Stand
- When you sign it, you can also send a message of support to the women
- Discuss the statement with your friends and family; share it on social media.
- Raise it with your colleagues and allies. Could your group or your organisation add its name too?
- Could you publicise the statement through your networks?
- Download a leaflet with featuring the statement and background info about the case – here.
If you tweet about the case there are two hashtags in use, #policespiesoutoflives and #spycops. For obvious reasons, we recommend using the former.
Trade Union Affiliation
PSOOL welcomes affiliation from trade union branches. Several of the officers who deceived women into intimate relationships became members of trade unions which they spied on.
The Metropolitan Police has admitted there was collusion between these Special Branch units and the Economic League / Consulting Association. Information about trade union activists was passed to private construction companies such as Skanska and McAlpine in order for them to blacklist workers.
The spycops scandal goes to the heart of the trade union movement.
Write to the following people – and tell other people you’ve done so.
If you feel able to, share your letter on social media.
You don’t have to agree politically with your MP, local councillor or commissioner to tell them how you feel on this issue. Don’t let them pretend to themselves that no-one cares. Tell them YOU do. Tell them why.
Tell them that you’re not going to give up until those who are responsible are brought to justice.
Invite them to sign up to the Where We Stand statement, and to take action in whatever way they can.
- Write to your MP
You can contact your MP via TheyWorkForYou.com
Please let us know if you receive replies from your MP. You can email Cassie Laver on LaverC#@#birnbergpeirce.co.uk (removing # and # which are there to prevent spam).
You can also send copies of your letter to your MP to the Home Affairs Select Committee (homeaffcom#@#parliament.uk) and the Home Office (public.enquiries#@#homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk). Your MP should do this, but don’t leave it to chance.
- Write to your local councillor
You can contact local councillors via WriteToThem.com
Your local council should be holding your local police force to account via the local Police Authority. The undercover unit responsible for the abuses is known to co-operate with many of the police forces across the UK and internationally.
Make it clear that this isn’t policing, it’s abuse.
- Write to your local Police and Crime Commissioner
You can contact your Police and Crime Commissioner via www.gov.uk
Make it clear that you are expecting strong statements from all sections of the UK police condemning the abuse of private lives and recognising that institutional sexism and institutional prejudice must be challenged. Invite them to sign up to the Where We Stand statement.
Petitions and campaigning
Does your group or organisation have a particular interest in this issue?
Do you want to create your own campaign?
This could be an awareness initiative, a petition covering a particular aspect of the case, or a fundraising activity to raise money for the legal costs of this case, e.g. sponsorship, gig, or other event.
If so, go for it! Let us know your plans, so that we can tell others what you’re doing.
We welcome allies who wish to engage with these issues in a spirit of democratic empowerment.
– Where We Stand
Engage: write, create, reflect, discuss, propose, analyse, critique (then write, create, reflect and discuss some more)
Don’t let us or anyone else do your thinking for you. Maybe you’re a criminologist. Maybe you’re a plumber. Maybe you’re a legislator. Maybe you’re unemployed. Maybe you’re a psychologist. Maybe you’re an artist. Maybe you’re an academic. Maybe you’re a sister, a brother, a friend.
Whatever your walk of life or your circumstances, these intrusions were an attack on your – and everybody’s – right to be active in the creation of social and environmental justice; they were an attack on the daily work of creating democracy, work that belongs to us all.
So how should the changes happen? How can we all become reconciled with what has happened? How can the existing structures change to prevent it happening again? What structures do we need instead? How can we heal? If you’ve got an idea, a suggestion, or an argument, write it down. Share it. If you’ve got a view, or an emotional response, create a way to say it. Share it. Discuss it. Keep thinking. Keep asking questions. Keep suggesting answers. We don’t expect to agree with every idea you come up with, but we are fighting for your right to participate in creating our society – without fear of your life being abused. Use what you can, and use it well. And please, tell us about it.
We call for action and change to prevent these human rights abuses from ever happening again, including stronger support for whistle-blowers and greater protection for rights of association and expression.
– Where We Stand
Let’s not allow this abuse to deter any of us from building a better world for everybody. Keep fighting oppression – whether it’s oppression against women, or any other kind. Keep creating social and environmental justice. Keep taking direct action. Keep building community. Keep building networks of love, respect and mutual aid. Keep doing what you’re doing, and don’t stop. You’re amazing. Thank you.
We come from different backgrounds and have a range of political beliefs and interests, and we are united in believing that every woman, and every person, has a right to participate in the struggle for social and environmental justice, without fear of persecution, objectification, or interference in their lives.
– Where We Stand