The police should be there to protect the rights of everyone in our society. In practice, police brutality, excessive violence, over-surveillance, the suppression of rights, and profiling disproportionally affect racialised and marginalised communities. More often than not, these practises meet no accountability from either the individuals involved or the institutions that facilitate them. This leaves marginalised communities overpoliced and unprotected.
We believe that our society needs to acknowledge that this is the manifestation of a structural racial, social, and economic injustice in our societies, and we aim to contribute to pursuing measures that address its root causes.
To make sure our work meets the needs of activists and movements, we conducted a Europe-wide consultation in the first half of 2022 to identify priorities for developing litigation projects.
We explored priorities for policing in Europe on 23-24 May with 16 participants from grassroots movements and those directly working with communities. You can read about the gathering and the opportunities for action identified on our blog.
We approached all themes through an intersectional lens, centring how a person’s social or political identity and personal characteristics can combine to create different modes of discrimination, exclusion, and oppression. We considered issues across both digital and non-digital space.
The input from the roundtables was combined with input received through a survey conducted between October 2021 and May 2022, individual conversations, and desk research. The combined findings are available in our 2022 report Surfacing Systemic (In)justices: A Community View.
Based on the consultation process and the mapping of current litigation work in Europe, climate justice and social protection were identified as priority areas for organisations, movements, and collectives working on racial, social, and economic justice that are currently underserved by intersectional litigation. We are developing our first litigation projects on these themes, starting from the priorities and opportunities identified in the consultation.
Systemic Justice will continuously build on this consultation process to ensure our work aligns with communities’ priorities. We will also continue sharing our findings along the way: subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to be updated about any new publications.