Month: July 2012

Newham council bans human rights legal observers from Olympic livescreen venue

A group of Newham Monitoring Project Community Legal Observer volunteers were today “banned” from entering Stratford Park, a site open to the general public who wish to watch the free Olympic livescreens, by security on the ground who apparently accused them of “making it easy for criminals and giving them tips” when giving out Stop and Search rights-information cards to members of the public. Read more

Launch of Community Legal Observers initiative in Stratford

Last night, some of Newham Monitoring Project’s 100+ Community Legal Observers (CLOs), who will patrol the streets during this summer’s Olympics to gather evidence of the misuse of police powers and provide legal rights information, met up in Stratford to launch our new initiative.After a photo-call near Theatre Royal Stratford East, CLOs n their distinctive red tabards headed over to Stratford station to hand out NMP’s new stop and search rights card.

Teams of CLOs will start patrolling this weekend, focusing on the communities close to Olympic venues  in both the north and south of the borough. Shifts have been arranged for the whole of the next six weeks. Read more

Five Reasons to Ring NMP : Countdown to the Olympics

As we enter the five day countdown before the Olympics begin here in Newham, NMP will be publishing anonymised examples of cases we have supported via our Emergency Helpline everyday. It is cases like these that show how our staff and dedicated volunteer base are able to make a difference in our community through providing 24 hour freephone emergency casework support around race hate crime and civil injustice issues. This is why we are saying if you need advice, ring us this summer.

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