This is the legacy website for the Newham Monitoring Project (NMP), which closed in September 2016 due to lack of funds after 36 years of supporting communities suffering racist violence and oppressive policing in east London.
This site is maintained as a record of NMP’s work before its services shut down. Please note that this means the casework support mentioned in posts on the site no longer exists.
The campaigners who stayed with the Project until the end maintain that the necessity for NMP’s community-organising and resistance never went away – instead, it is needed now more than ever.
We hope others will draw inspiration from it in new struggles in the future.
You can find copies of NMP’s annual reports from 1983 to 2005 and a timeline of key events on NMP’s History of Resisting Racism and Injustice page.
Keep the Fight Alive!
The Management Committee
Newham Monitoring Project, 2016
THE UNDERCOVER POLICING INQUIRY
In 2014, NMP discovered that it had been targeted for many years by a secretive Metropolitan Police undercover surveillance unit, the Special Demonstration Squad. Subsequently, it also found out that NMP campaigners had also been spied on by another unit, the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, because of their involvement in the Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign.
Newham Monitoring Project was made a ‘core participant‘ in the Undercover Policing Inquiry announced by the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, in 2015. The Inquiry is looking at the activities of both police units that spied on NMP, but it dragged on for years without ever sharing any actual evidence of the surveillance on thousands of campaigning groups and hearings did not start until November 2020.
This site will include occasional updates on the Inquiry, including statements and submissions from Newham Monitoring Project’s former activists.