Feb 232011

This is first published on the Beyond Clicktivism blog by Tim Hardy
protest posterDisabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) are going to take part in the TUC march for the alternative in protest against government cuts. The demonstration is taking place on 26 March 2011 in London.

“Disabled people are facing continuing attacks against their lives, living standards and basic human rights to live independently from almost every conceivable quarter and it is time for us to fight back against these cuts,” they explain.

“These savage spending cuts damage not only our lives, but our public services, and threaten economic recovery. They’re dangerous, unfair and unnecessary.

Disabled people are going to march to tell the government we demand ‘Rights not Charity’ and to show we are not easy victims of their cuts even though they may think we are.”

Follow plans for the day via the facebook event page or via twitter.

Latentexistence has written powerfully of the ways in which people can campaign online. For those who physically cannot make the protest in spite of the TUC access and disability arrangements but would like to make their presence felt, DPAC and Beyond Clicktivism are working together to bring you a way of doing so. Let’s light up a map of the UK online in solidarity with the protesters on 26 March and show our elected representatives quite how many people oppose their unnecessary, ideological reforms.

More details will be announced over the next two weeks so follow either or both sites to keep up to date. Volunteers interested in helping with coding and setting up a website are very welcome. Please get in touch with either myself or DPAC to offer your assistance.


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  17 Responses to “Light up a Map of the UK Online in Solidarity with the Protesters on the Streets on 26 March”

  1. I wish I could be there. I am scared about our future in a country that thinks they ‘can’t afford’ us.

  2. please add me to the protest

    NG19 (last bit of postcode removed for yr safety)

  3. I’m just sorry I can’t get to march due to family commitments but I think the light-up mapis a great idea. No doubt the right-wing papers will play down the numbers on the march but who expecta anything else? The only time they exaggerated numbers on a demo was when the Countryside Alliance were wanting to chase foxes. So I don’t expect a truthful estimate from them.
    We are the people, not the Tory-led coalition, not Rupert Murdoch’s papers, not the CBI, so we need to pull together as rarely before. We’ve had our chances to change things before but we threw them away because of selfishness. Let’s not fail again; get out on the street and show them our strength.

    • If you cannot make it would you like to add your protest to the online map? please send your post code with yoir message if you would like to do so.

  4. I was going to attend with “Terry Hutt” but he cannot attend, due to an irregular heartbeat, I hasten t add that he is gutted!…….I will not be attending due t cost, both Terry and I send are deepest support and admiration to all who attend….

    Disability is Not a Lifestyle Choice…

    Our Sunlight is not for franchise!

  5. Would like to leave my support – I have schizophrena and social anxiety, I’m frightened to leave the house or to talk to people.

  6. I am disabled and also a carer myself, for my mother who has Alzheimer’s, so cannot make it to London, but the March for the Alternative has my full support.

    Anyone who believes that the government is right where cuts are concerned needs to watch the video here:


  7. I am profoundly deaf and chronic pain back and arthrist and mental health and high blood pressure and depression so I wish I was there with group but I unable to go cos I am unwell and lots of pain long travel by car not suitable for me and my carer support worker look after me so GIVE SHOUT FOR ME DONT CUT DLA ECT IF CUT WILL DRIVE ME IN HELL SUFFERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I would have been made up to be on this march, give em hell, raise a few shouts for me.
    With you every step of the way in my head. !!!

  9. Wish I could be there but with MS and single have no one to push me in my pram. My Direct Payments for care are under threat and the stress, which is immuosuppressive, is having an adverse affect on MS. ‘They’ are finding fault with DP returns so payments can be suspended and there is no way, without the services of a carer, will I be able to cope. The fault of my returns is not having cheque stubs but owing to numbness of the extremities plus tremor I am unable to grip a pen to write legibly so where are the ‘reasonable adjustments’ to enable me to complete returns properly. Am really pissed off – have no quality of life as am left with no disposable income – cannot afford fuel for the car so cannot drive anywhere to socialise, If this life roll on death!

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