Naming The Dead - A Serious Crime
A book by Maya Anne Evans (and Milan
'Engaging and honest, it blends the personal
and political in page-turning style.'
John Enefer—Hastings Against War
'A compelling memoir. Often painfully honest
about her own frailties, Maya reminds us that activists are
neither freaks nor saints, and that we can (and should!) all
take action to confront power and change the world for the better.'
Gabriel Carlyle—Voices in the Wilderness UK
'I read it in an evening, and then I read
Genny Bove—Wrexham Peace and Justice
'Indescribably positive, comforting and
Michael Bentley—Eastbourne for Peace and Liberty
Dead describes how Maya Anne Evans came to be the first
person in Britain to be convicted under the Serious Organised
Crime and Police Act (2005) of demonstrating without police permission
in the vicinity of Parliament. It describes her arrest and trial,
and the media frenzy that erupted around her in the aftermath
of her conviction on 7 December 2005.
Dead also explains how a shy, relatively apolitical university
student gradually developed into a young woman with the courage
to stand up for what she believed in.
The last words of the final chapter of Naming
We have power, more power than we know.
By being active with our friends and neighbours, by educating
the people we live and work with, and by putting pressure on
those who make crucial decisions, we do change the world. Not
as fast as we’d like to, but we do.
I hope that my story will encourage more
people to become active for whatever cause is close to their
hearts. I hope especially that some people who read this, who
oppose the ongoing war in Iraq, will be encouraged to support
and become active with their local peace groups, so we will
not have to keep remembering the deaths of an ever-increasing
number of Iraqi civilians and Western soldiers.
Most of the time we will make painfully
slow progress. Sometimes our actions will have an impact far
beyond what we expect or can imagine.
The Contents Page is here.
You can read Chapter 1 here.
The order form for Naming
The Dead, which enables you to purchase a copy for only
£7 post free (UK only), can be found here.
Naming The Dead: Press Release
Press Release 18 October 2006:
Maya Anne Evans, 26, the first person to
be convicted under the Serious
Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA) for reading out the
names of British soldiers killed in Iraq, and the author of a
new book 'Naming the Dead - A
Serious Crime', is risking arrest again on the anniversary
of her first anti-war remembrance ceremony, breaking her conditional
discharge just weeks before her appeal is heard in the High Court.
On Sunday 29 October, in Parliament Square,
Maya will be reading out the names of British soldiers and Iraqi
civilians who have died in the Iraq conflict in an unauthorised
demonstration, once again risking arrest under SOCPA.
She says: 'I am willing to risk arrest at
More Fallujahs" protest on 29 October in order to help
remember the massacre that happened in Fallujah in November 2004,
when uncounted hundreds of women and children were killed by US
forces with British support.'
Maya is also appealing her conviction under
the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. The appeal will be
heard at the High Court on 16-17 November. If she loses her appeal,
she will refuse to pay her fine of £300, risking a prison
sentence. Last December, Maya was given a 12-month conditional
discharge, requiring her to avoid arrest for the next 12 months,
which she will be breaking by taking part in the unauthorised
demonstration on 29 October.
Maya's new book 'Naming
The Dead' describes her path to radicalism in Blair’s
Britain. It explains how the shock of the invasion of Afghanistan
propelled her into becoming an anti-war activist; how time spent
volunteering with the US nonviolent civil disobedience group Voices
in the Wilderness made her commit herself more deeply to peace
work; and how meeting a Hiroshima survivor on a peace walk inspired
her to risk arrest for the first time at an anti-nuclear protest
outside NATO Headquarters in Belgium just two months before her
second ever arrest at the unauthorised 'reading the names of the
dead' ceremony in Whitehall.
'Naming The Dead' also explains how
Maya came to overcome her fear of public speaking in order to
deal with speaking in court, and then the enormous media attention
she faced after her conviction on 7 December 2006. This is the
gripping story of how a young woman from Hastings came to defy
an unjust law and an unjust war to stand up for what she believes