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NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 87 - 20th December 2007
 

Contacting us: Call or email the office - 020-7793-4005 or (office@no2id.net).

** Please note: We will be sending a separate Review of the Year e-mail, for you to enjoy/digest over the holidays. **

Message from NO2ID's National Coordinator

"If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear."  How many times have you heard that tired old phrase trotted out by ID card proponents over the past few years …but how many times in the last month? 

Independent polls regularly now show that more people don't want ID cards than do.  The 'Data-gate' scandal and subsequent breaches have finally woken the nation to what NO2ID has been saying for years.

More than ever, we must keep the pressure on.  The government will not relinquish the ID scheme without a fight.

Ministers are still hell-bent on implementing the 'Transformational Government' agenda - yet more of your personal information, shared by even more people and organisations without your knowledge or consent - and plans for alternative ID infrastructures, e.g. based on concessionary travel schemes, are already well advanced.

We can win.  We must win.  And with your help, we will.

I wish you and your families a peaceful and ID-free Christmas, and look forward to campaigning with you for freedom, privacy and personal security in 2008.

Phil Booth
National Coordinator, NO2ID

Make the NO2ID Pledge your New Year's Resolution

NO2ID's new Pledge is a new form of non-violent direct action: pre-emptive resistance.  You *can* do something positive now.  Something totally legal, that has its own life, not determined by us, but by YOU.  If enough people publicly declare they will not cooperate, government seizure of personal identity will become impossible.

Anyone can do it.  Anyone can help others do it.  The more who do, the easier it is.

The government cannot now be trusted.  People across the country are deciding they can choose for themselves who they are and who they trust.  The NO2ID Pledge - http://www.no2id.net/pledge/ - is a way of declaring to your friends and neighbours (tell everyone!) that you will not cooperate with any further government seizure of your personal information.

Data sharing - Have your say

A 'Data Sharing Review', launched by the Ministry of Justice last week, is inviting submissions from the public.  Please take some time over the holiday period to tell them what you think: (http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/data-sharing-review-consultation.htm). The review closes 15th February.

And please also send NO2ID details (with evidence) of occasions where public authorities or others are demanding more information than necessary for the purpose. Our address is NO2ID, Box 412, 19-21 Crawford Street, London W1H 1PJ or send by e-mail to office@no2id.net

What's next?

Local groups news

A full list of local groups can be found at www.no2id.net/localGroups

Bradford

19th January - Bradford NO2ID meeting
Saturday, 19th January at The Old Dolphin, Clayton Heights, Bradford. Contact Jason Smith at bradford@no2id.net for more details.

Cambridge

2nd January - Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting
Wednesday, 2nd January 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd, Cambridge CB1 2DW (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=cb1+2dw). Cambridge NO2ID's informal pub meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month. For more details contact cambridge@no2id.net, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.

5th January - NO2ID Cambridge Stall
Saturday, 5th January 10am in the usual spot outside Cambridge Guildhall. Location Map: http://tinyurl.com/eo42r. As ever, volunteers to help very welcome - please email cambridge@no2id.net, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624 if you can make it.

Dorking

8th January - Dorking NO2ID meeting
Tuesday, 8th January 7.30pm at the Surrey Oaks pub, Parkgate Road, Newdigate.

Lowerstoft

10th January - Lowerstoft NO2ID meeting
Thursday, 10th January 7.30pm at The Hotel Victoria, Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk (http://www.thehotelvictoria.co.uk).

Newcastle/Gateshead

8th January - Newcastle NO2ID meeting
Tuesday, 8th January at 7.00pm at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle. All welcome.

12th January - Newcastle NO2ID stall
Saturday, 12th January from 11.00am to 1.00pm at the monument in Newcastle.  All welcome.

Oxford

3rd January  - Oxford NO2ID meeting
Thursday, 3rd January at 8pm in the Mitre, High Street, Oxford (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=the+mitre+oxford). With the Interrogation Centre due to open on the Botley Road in January we'll be discussing how we can mark this event with some media attention.  We'll also talk about our recent leafletting of Christmas shoppers, the series of letters we have been sending to local papers, our response to the ongoing public sector data losses and more. See you there!

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