Alison speaking as part of International Women’s day event

Alison is speaking about her experiences being targeted for an intimate relationship by undercover officer Mark Jenner. Her speech will form part of the International Women’s Day meeting:

WOMEN AGAINST THE STATE by Unite London & Eastern Region, WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH 6pm. This is a free event, but you need to book a ticket here.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The extensive undercover policing scandal was first revealed by Alison and other women who discovered their former partners were undercover officers. It seems the majority of undercover officers had deceitful relationships while undercover. These relationships shored-up the cover-stories of the officers, and the extensive pattern of abuse reveals institutional sexism within the Metropolitan Police and other police forces.

Alison, along with other women affected, have formed part of the fight back against the infiltration of social justice campaigning groups. Her legal action, with seven other women, led to an historic apology by the Metropolitan Police, where they admitted that they had abused their human rights.

They admitted “officers, acting undercover whilst seeking to infiltrate protest groups, entered into long-term intimate sexual relationships with women which were abusive, deceitful, manipulative and wrong” and that “these relationships were a violation of the women’s human rights, an abuse of police power and caused significant trauma”.

Alison and the other women are now core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, which is still in its preliminary stages, two years in. Other core participants include the Lawrence family, who were spied on by police when they were campaigning for justice for their son, and trades union activists who were put on an employment blacklist by the police for their political activities.

It is women like Alison bravely speaking out that have started to reveal the true extent of this political policing scandal which spans nearly 60 years. We highly recommend that you take this opportunity to hear her speak.

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Coming this week: Film and talks

A brand-new short film from Police Spies Out of Lives made with the help of Reel News. It will be launched at 12noon on Wednesday 8th February simultaneously here on our website and live at the Lush Summit in London.

On Thursday 9th February, the Human Rights room at the Lush Summit will host an hour-long session (also at 12 noon) with two women, Alison & Andrea, talking about their personal experiences of relationships with #spycops.

The Lush Summit takes place at the Leathermarket building in East London. Entry is free, but you need to register The Human Rights room is one of many showcasing the work done by various campaign groups that Lush has supported financially; the others include Animal Rights and Environmental campaigns.

Thank you to REELNEWS and Lush for their continued support.

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