We are a campaign group founded in March 2021 in response to the second reading of the the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill in the House of Commons.
We believe that too much power already rests in the hands of the police and Home Office, granted by an increasingly authoritarian capitalist state. The result of this is institutional violence, which discriminates against marginalised groups such as people of colour, religious minorities, LGBTQIA+ people, women, Gypsy Roma Traveller people, migrants and other groups.
We believe that the criminal justice system is not fit for purpose as it does not seek to serve the best interests of the public but rather actively targets certain groups. Therefore, any move to give further power to the police and Home Office is not a move towards building an equitable, just society.
As such we reject the proposed Policing Bill and also reject the current system of policing, which already gives the police the power to place limits on public protests and demonstrations which are an important, powerful and historically significant form of collective expression.
Membership of SAPB is open to any individual who agrees with our position statement and strategy and is committed to working towards the aims and objectives.
Work is undertaken by working groups and overseen by the steering group. Any individual is free to participate in the work of the steering group and of any working group they choose. All meetings are open to all members and details will be distributed by our mailing list.