BASH (Blacks Against State Harassment): 51.457676, -0.107584
BASH (Blacks Against State Harassment)
BASH was founded, as Black Liberator reported, at a meeting of 'eight militant black organisations' at Brixton's Abeng Centre, on 1 October 1978. The meeting was called in response to Metropolitan Police Commissioner David McNee's request for new police powers. Present at BASH's founding meeting were ‘Sus’ Campaign, Bradford Asian Youth, West Indian Co-ordination Centre (Manchester), Black People's Information Centre, Black Socialist Alliance, Mukhti, Brixton Ad-hoc Committee Against Police Repression, and the Black Women’s Group. As Black Liberator noted, this was a significant moment when Caribbean, African and South Asian Britons came together in their capaign against police brutality. Alongside policing, however, BASH also fought racism in the judicial system and prisons, and worked as an unmbrella organisation co-ordinating local activism across the country.