As home secretary Charles Clarke steps up his Asbo attack, a coalition of trade unions, charities and campaigners has come together to try to force the government to think again.
They have set up Asbo Concern, whose backers include the probation officers’ union Napo, the Community and Youth Workers Union, justice campaign Inquest, the British Association of Social Workers, Legal Action for Women, the International Prostitutes Collective and various children’s charities.
Napo’s Harry Fletcher will be speaking at the campaign’s April launch rally. He says, “It’s very important that as many organisations and individuals sign up to support Asbo Concern as possible, so the government gets a clear message that the courts’ behaviour is unacceptable.
“Rather than extending the punishment by ‘naming and shaming’, the home office should be looking at the evidence and urgently reviewing the use of this draconian measure.”
Asbo Concern launch meeting, 7pm, Thursday 7 April, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, central London. To get copies of the Asbo Concern founding statement and add your name, contact Matt Foot at firstname.lastname@example.org