Pause mode

From the start of May 2019, Green and Black Cross (GBC) is pausing all support activity for around 3 months. Our usual phone support line – 07946 541511 – will still be operational thanks to our friends at Activist Court Aid Brigade (ACAB) during this time, but it will not be available 24/7 and will focus on direct support to people planning to go on an action, to arrestees and defendants.

The phone will not be able to take requests for training, for LO support or for direct contact with GBC. If you have a training request and are happy to wait a couple of months, you can email to lodge it and we’ll get back to you as soon as we’re arranging trainings again.

See the guides section of this website for information on your rights on a protest, laws frequently used, sentencing, planning an action, what to expect after arrest, affects of arrest on DBS checks, claims and complaints against the police etc.

If you’ve got a detailed legal question it’s always best to contact one of our recommended solicitors.  A list of solicitors can be found on  the Netpol website.

During this time GBC will not be:
– Coordinating Legal Observer support
– Providing training
– Liaising with other organisations
– Responding to emails.

We need to take this break from outward facing work for some essential restructuring. We plan to focus both on building internal support structures and developing new training resources to enable our vital work to continue. We hope that you can understand. If you’d like to help out and get involved please get in touch.           

This is an exciting time for new volunteer involvement, we’d love to hear from you!

For our statement on Extinction Rebellion, see here.


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.