Although we have just launched this website (January '06) we have been working on a number of projects involving individuals who have been victimised because of their dissent.
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Adam and Mark Walker
Adam and Mark Walker are both County Durham teachers who have been victimised because of their political activities and beliefs. They are both prominent members of the British National Party BNP).
Adam Walker faces an investigation and hearing by the General Teaching Council (GTC) of England and Wales after posting material on an internet news forum which was reported to the GTC after he resigned from his teaching position in a school in Sunderland in the North East of England. The material he posted related to his political beliefs concerning immigration and militant Islam. Adam had recently been active with the BNP contesting elections and organising candidates in County Durham, which is regarded as a Labour Party/TUC 'Rotten Borough'. Adam is also President of the nationalist trade union, Solidarity, which is opposed by Labour-supporting trade unions in the North East, who are affiliated to the TUC. Adam's school computer was the subject of an investigation by the school authorities prior to his resignation. Civil Liberty is backing Adam on the grounds of free speech and opposition to victimisation because of legitimate political activities and beliefs by the political and teaching establishment. Adam is a former soldier and also a karate teacher and expert, who has been working as a supply teacher since his resignation with glowing reports from his new employers in Barnard Castle, which is also in the North East of England.
Mark Walker is the brother of Adam and is currently suspended from his job teaching at a school in Shildon, County Durham. He faced the same accusations as his brother Adam, but refused to resign following blatant political interference at the school by left wing trade unions and activists. Mark has also stood for election in his home town of Spennymoor in County Durham and was the election agent for the BNP candidate in the Sedgefield by-election in July 2007 following the resignation of the Labour Prime Minister and local MP, Tony Blair. A demonstration was organised by Civil Liberty outside Mark's school in September 2007 which was attended by about 100 people, including pupils, parents and well-wishers from across the North of England. The protest called for the reinstatement of Mark, who remains a popular teacher at the school despite his suspension which has dragged on for nearly two years causing ill-health as a result. Like his brother, Mark is also a former serviceman having served in the RAF.