Charlotte Kirin, 52, social worker from Bury St Edmunds
Charlotte was first arrested on 2nd September 2020 at Parliament Square in an extended non-cooperation action during the 2020 September Rebellion and charged under Section 14 of the Public Order Act. She pleaded guilty by post and received a six month conditional discharge. She was arrested again on 5th September 2020 at the Murdoch printworks blockade during the 2020 September Rebellion, where she spent the night under one of the vans blocking the entrance. She pleaded not guilty to Obstruction of the Highway on 5th October 2020 at St Albans Magistrates’ Court. Her trial is due to begin on 17th May 2021.
“We are in the middle of a climate, ecological and social justice emergency. My professional code tells me I need to promote social justice, demonstrate good knowledge of social issues, and raise concerns about organisational wrongdoing. My ethics and values, the same ones that led me into social work, do not allow me to ignore the harm that is being done. As a parent, as a social worker, as a community member and as a global citizen, I am acting in a way I believe to be necessary at a time of emergency.”
Main photo credit: Helena Smith