OVER 70 people gathered in Brixton, south London, on Tuesday of last week to hear arguments from the NO2ID campaign against identity cards.
Speakers included Simon Davies, director of human rights group Privacy International, who successfully led a campaign against ID cards in Australia.
Other speakers were Karen Chouhan, director of the 1990 Trust, and Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism.
A very lively discussion included contributions from a local councillor, trade unionists, refugee workers, anti-war activists and civil liberties campaigners.
Much of the meeting focused on how best to organise grassroots resistance to ID cards, as well as debating links between David Blunkett’s proposals and the wider “war on terror”.
A Lambeth NO2ID branch is being organised. The campaign now plans a series of similar local meetings in many different towns and cities across Britain.
Guy Taylor is membership secretary and local groups coordinator for NO2ID. You can e-mail him on firstname.lastname@example.org