Other

Other working groups come and go depending on demand. These are all groups that have previously been active in GBC.

If you are interested in re-starting one of these, email gbc@riseup.net.

GBC Kitchens

We last mobilised for the March 26th protests and managed to deliver a crate full of home made flapjacks to the 140 people being detained by police outside Fortnum & Masons.

Action Kitchens are set up to provide sustaining meals and/or snacks to people taking part in demonstrations, protests and direct actions. There are a number of existing kitchen groups such as Anarchist Teapot (Brighton), Veggies (Nottingham), and Rampenplan (Netherlands). There are also various places where Food Not Bombs groups are active and sometimes organise meals for protests.

Organising catering allows protests to last longer and for those involved to stay energised and active. This is an effective tactic used to counter attempts by police to frustrate and exhaust protesters, and ultimately suppress protest.

GBC Toilets

Everybody has certain basic functions that need to be satisfied. The kitchens crew deal with one such need, the toilet crew with another. Whether finding yourself stuck in a kettle for hours on end or locked-on under a lorry for an indefinite period, you’ll be thankful if somebody has considered the need for toilet facilities.

GBC Toilets was set up to look at supporting protesters with toilet facilities. That might mean simply providing information or equipment, or it might mean having a team of people attend specific events with portable toilets.

Mobile toilet facilities are particularly necessary when the police create kettles, preventing people from leaving the area for many hours. Despite having a duty of care for each person inside, the police regularly fail to provide basic amenities. GBC Toilets aims to make up for poo performance within the police command structure.

We have further information in our archives on designs of protest toilet – contact gbc@riseup.net if you are interested.

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.

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