Partner Groups

Activist Court Aid Brigade

We work closely with the Activist Court Aid Brigade on many of our projects, including training and defendant and court support. Our bustcard is a joint project between ACAB and GBC.

Independent Legal Observers Network

Green & Black Cross used to coordinate the work of Legal Observers ourselves, however we now work closely with The Independent Legal Observer Network (ILON) who do this work. They send call outs for legal observers that have been requested for actions and  demonstrations.


The Network for Police Monitoring is a campaigning group which seeks to monitor public order, protest and street policing, and to challenge and resist policing which is excessive, discriminatory or threatens civil rights. We work with Netpol to share our on-the-ground experience of policing.

Bristol Defendant Solidarity

Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS) is a legal support group who formed after the Stokes Croft riots in April 2011. We work with them to support people taking action in Bristol.


Previously, when these groups were active, we have also worked closely with the Legal Defence & Monitoring Project, Newham Monitoring Project, and UK Action Medics.

Other Comrades and Resources

We also rate the following groups doing excellent work supporting protest and resisting state oppression:

Squatters Legal Network and Advisory Service for Squatters

Providing vital legal and practical information for squatters.

Activist Trauma Support

A website containing some fantastic resources for people struggling with psychological trauma as a result of activism, and for those who support them.

Counselling for Social Change

Providing emotional support to activists.



Activists’ Legal Project and Scottish Activists Legal Project (SCALP)

ALP have been a large source of inspiration and information for our resources. These two websites have not been recently updated, so please be cautious before using information found there. Updated versions of many resources can be found in our guides.

Key Messages

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.

  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.

  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.

  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.

  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.