Bars For Change: who polices the police?

I wrote quite a lot about UK policing earlier in the year in relation to the failure of policing (at best) that lead to the death of Smiley Culture. News about that case was always going to ebb and flow, not least because it is now in the bureaucratic hands of the Independent Police Complaints …

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Smiley Culture march and updates

General Impressions on the March The Smiley Culture March for Justice took place the weekend before last and was a resounding success. About 1,500-2,000 people marched from Wandsworth Road to New Scotland Yard in militant but peaceful formation. My marching partner History Is Made At Night has already written his account of the day, so …

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Smiley Culture RIP: Day 26

A slightly odd article by Dr Perry Stanislas has appeared in The Voice entitled “Why We Must Not Rush To Judgement Over Smiley Culture’s Knife Death”. It’s odd because it wastes no time in arguing for the case that David Emmanuel may have killed himself and pouring scorn on others who say he may have …

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Smiley Culture RIP: Day 24

“I’m not surprised people are suspicious” London Mayor Boris Johnson on David Emmanuel’s death. “Cops must be filmed to prevent deaths in custody” Patrick Augustus (Patrick is best known for writing the novel “Baby Father” (X-Press, 1994) which was then turned into a TV series. But he also served time in the British reggae scene.) …

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Smiley Culture RIP: day 21

The campaign for Justice for Smiley Culture (aka David Emmanuel) continues apace. It has been heartening to see the family make links with other deaths related to police activity such as that of Ian Tomlinson (who was killed by police two years ago whilst walking home during the G20 protests), and the more recent case …

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Smiley Culture RIP: Day 17

Justice for Smiley Culture Campaign at City Hall – and Wembley Arena! Furious scenes at the Metropolitan Police Authority meeting at City Hall today as David Emmanuel’s death was discussed. The disruption to the meeting was covered by both the Guardian and the Evening Standard. The Standard’s coverage was criticised by campaigners, not least because its …

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pirate radio and revolutionary hedonism

More articles up at Datacide. Including: Alexis Wolton – Tortugan tower blocks? Pirate signals from the margins (an intriguing survey of pirate radio in the UK) Christoph Fringeli – Hedonism and Revolution: The Barricade and the Dancefloor (“Will true pleasure only exist after the revolution, or will it be indispensable to lead to the revolution?”)

Smiley Culture RIP: Day 11

History is Made at Night with a great summary of last night’s meeting. Photos of the meeting by Rod Leon A transcript of Merlin Emmanuel’s statement given to the meeting. Evening Standard on last night’s meeting Maxi Priest and Tippa onstage at the nine night celebration which also took place last night. Heatwave were one …

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Smiley Culture RIP: day 10

A public meeting was organised by David Emmanuel’s family tonight and the video of that event is now available on ustream:   Once again the reports and footage seem to indicate a huge turn out, at least 500 people. I wasn’t able to attend but some friends and allies were, so hopefully they will post …

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Shaking The Foundations: Reggae soundsystem meets ‘Big Ben British values’ downtown | Datacide

Shaking The Foundations: Reggae soundsystem meets ‘Big Ben British values’ downtown. My article for Datacide issue 11 is now online. I wrote it a couple of years back in preparation for the talk I did at the launch event for the previous issue. But actually it has stood the test of time quite well, anticipating …

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