BackTake A Stand | #SPYCOPS
Take A Stand | #SPYCOPS
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Take A Stand | #SPYCOPS

Formed in 1968 the Metropolitan Police's Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) targeted political activists to gain information on activities such as anti-war demonstrations, social justice campaigns, the animals rights movement, and environmental justice. Police spies befriended and betrayed a vast number of organisations. One method the SDS used for gaining acceptance and access was to develop intimate and long term relationships with unknowing activists. Those lives infiltrated were often men, but mostly women. Many of these women, who are now campaigning for justice, had never been convicted of a crime and still haven’t. In this podcast, Olivia Graham talks with Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the House of Lords, who sits as Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb and Carolyn, who was spied upon by undercover police and became a core participant in the public inquiry into undercover policing. Carolyn also works with two campaign groups, Campaign Against Police Surveillance and Police Spies Out of Lives.