SCALP are excited to announce some upcoming workshops relating to protesting and knowing your rights in Scotland.
Thinking of coming to COP26 this November? Would you like to support a group you are involved in or volunteer as a Legal Observer with SCALP in the future? Just generally want to be a bit more knowledgeable about your rights? (always useful!)
For whatever reason, whether you’re totally new to these things, or have a lot of experience but would like a wee reminder (especially if you haven’t protested in Scotland before!) then you are all welcome.
We are specifically looking for folk keen to be involved in the legal support we are offering for COP26. After participating in the LO training you are welcome to sign up to our LO mailing list and begin being part of our amazing LO team! We are particularly excited to be welcoming new folk in the coming months and during COP26 and are always looking for more folk! Please join in, get trained, meet us, make pals, support us and support each other.
Thursday 30th September – Know Your Rights – 7pm
Thursday 7th October – Know Your Rights – 7pm (BSL interpreted)
Wednesday 6th October – Legal Observer Training – 7pm
Free (donations gratefully accepted here through paypal)
1 and a half hours long
You will be sent a link once you have registered
Know Your Rights Workshops:
Know Your Rights to protest in Scotland (Scotland is different to England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
The workshop aims to faciliate learning around a variety of useful things related to your rights. Things we’ll touch on include, how to talk or not talk with Police if you are approached, your rights when it comes to things like Stop and Search, how to identify who’s who within the policing team at protests, and what to expect and how to support yourself and each other.
Intro To Legal Observing Workshops:
Legal Observers (LOs) are volunteers who monitor the police at protests and actions to help curb police violence and support activists.
This training is for anyone who wants to provide legal support for their own group or community in Scotland, or join SCALP’s pool of LOs. LO’s are a crucial part of a legal support infrastructure and work with back office and arrestee support volunteers to make sure people know their rights and are supported when taking part in protests.
This training will be part presentation, part optional interactive activities to give you all the information you need to be an effective LO.
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We’re talking about Scottish Law only
We’re not lawyers – there are plenty of good reasons to get professional legal advice – we offer these trainings to support activists and community.
We recognise that Police are institutionally racist and disproportionately police certain communities.
COVID regulations are frequently changing.
Facilitators will work to ensure that all trainings are as welcoming as possible and that any abusive or oppressive behaviour is challenged. Anyone who continues to behave in an unacceptable way may be removed from the call. If there is anything we can do to make the training safer or more accessible for you, please let us know when you register (such as providing transcripts etc).
The training will not be recorded but we will run more in the future.
When entering the meeting it will say ‘this is being livestreamed’. This is only so that the sound can be livestreamed to the computer software for the automated captions. It is not being livestreamed anywhere else.
To use the captions you can turn them on by clicking the CC button at the bottom of the zoom window next to where it says ‘chat’ etc, and clicking ‘show subtitles’.
The Scottish Community and Activist Legal Project (SCALP) is a collective of social and environmental justice activists, working to challenge police abuse, monitor protest policing and provide legal guidance.
You can sign up to the Legal Observer mailing list on our website only once you have completed one of our Intro to Legal Observer Trainings.