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12Oct 2021

Activists occupy Liverpool arms fair

12th October 2021|

The ACC Arena in Liverpool, the site of a major arms fair that was set to open today, has been occupied by activists from the campaign group Palestine Action.

Arms companies including Elbit Systems, ELTA, Raytheon, L3 Harris and BAE Systems are due to exhibit at the AOC Europe 2021 event between 11-13 October.

A Palestine Action spokesperson said: ‘This event cannot be allowed to go ahead. Liverpool’s residents don’t want arms dealers and war criminals gathering in their city, and its presence is an insult to our Palestinian, Iraqi, Afghan citizens, and all others whose homelands have been devastated by the products of Raytheon, Elbit, ELTA, and the other despicable firms meeting in the ACC.’

PILC is representing a social justice campaigner who has been fighting to prevent the venue playing host to the event. Our legal action is ongoing.

We would like to express our solidarity with Palestine Action and all the other groups opposing the arms fair.

27Sep 2021

Support PILC at London Legal Walk!

27th September 2021|

We are proud to be taking part in the 2021 London Legal Walk, organised by the London Legal Support Trust.

PILC advisers on an outreach visit with colleagues from Museum of Homelessness and Streets Kitchen

On Monday 18 October staff, volunteers and friends of PILC will walk ten kilometres through central London to raise money for free frontline legal advice services.

Austerity and ‘hostile environment’ policies have made life next to impossible for some of the most vulnerable people in the UK. After Brexit and Covid-19, and with judicial review under threat in 2021, supporting access to justice for marginalised communities has never been more important.

PILC has a unique role as the only UK law centre specialising in public law challenges to unfair government policies and practices. We also offer a radical voice around issues such as state surveillance, homelessness and gentrification.

Founded in 2016, we are a young organisation. We need your support as we continue to grow our dedicated team of solicitors, caseworkers & researchers.

Please help us hit our £750 fundraising by following this link and donating to our LLW appeal!

2Sep 2021

Stop the AOC Europe arms fair!

2nd September 2021|

Campaigners in Liverpool have launched a legal challenge in an attempt to stop the city playing host to a major weapons fair next month.

The event, AOC Europe 2021, is due to take place at the ACC Exhibition Centre on 11-13 October 2021.

However, anti arms-trade activists have called on the Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson, and the city council to use their powers to cancel the arms fair.

PILC, instructed by Mark Jackson, a social justice campaigner, have sent a pre-action protocol letter to Joanne Anderson. This is the first step before launching a judicial-review challenge

The basis for the potential challenge is that the city council, which owns the exhibition centre, should have cancelled the event on ethical grounds, and that its failure to do so may be unlawful.

The legal action is being supported by the Merseyside Pensioners Association, who had previously called for a national demonstration.

That demonstration will now take place at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Saturday 11 September 2021 at 12.30pm. It is being organised by Liverpool Against the Arms Fair and supported by the wider labour and trade-union movement.

Separately, the human-rights charity War on Want has launched a campaign against the AOC Europe arms fair.

For more details see the full press release.