Can you help the Keep Streets Live Campaign?
I have launched a new crowdfunding campaign on behalf of the Keep Streets Live Campaign asking for your support to oppose the growing criminalisation of street culture in the UK. You can check it out here:
Far-reaching powers contained in the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 have given local authorities across the UK the power to criminalise any activity that they claim is having a 'detrimental impact' on the locality. This has seen an enormous range of spurious new 'criminal offences' being created, from busking, to pavement art, to lying down and sleeping in public places, riding bicycles, being in groups of more than two people, and many others.
Since Keep Streets Live began in Liverpool four years ago, tens of thousands of people have signed petitions I started on behalf of the Keep Streets Live Campaign to keep public spaces across the UK open to a vibrant street culture and to oppose the criminalisation of homelessness. We have campaigned in Liverpool, York, Chester, Bath, Birmingham, Canterbury, Newcastle, Durham, Exeter, London and beyond.
Over the summer of 2016, in and amongst the disruption caused by the EU referendum, I have been working with leading petition website Change.Org as a Community Leader to build a wider network of support for Keep Streets Live. Now I am asking for your support to continue that work and to fund 12hrs a week of paid activism for a year to enable us to campaign more effectively and to challenge the authoritarian use of Public Space Protection Orders across the UK and other measures which curtail community uses of public space.
Unless they are successfully challenged and the legislation that underpins them reformed, PSPOs will make our towns and cities into far less welcoming and much more alienating places whilst everyday freedoms we have always taken for granted will be lost forever.
Please check out the link below in order to find out more
Any support you are able to offer would be a great help!
Keep Streets Live Campaign