Our Festival of Resistance highlighting the hypocricy of the UK and Kenyan governments hosting a Global Disability Summit kicks off in ernest today/Saturday as our overseas activists arrive in the UK to join in with our fun.
On Sunday we are holding our own global summit which is very over subscribed with guest speakers including -:
Rose Achayo from the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda (who will be talking about the particular barriers disabled women in Uganda face, the work of her organisation including its work with disabled refugees)
John Clarke from Ontario Coalition against Poverty (who shares DPAC’s concerns over universal basic income as a proposed solution to the future of social security)
Antonios Rellas from a disabled campaign group called Zero Tolerance in Greece (who campaigns against institutionalisation of disabled people and recently testified against Golden Dawn). https://dpac.uk.net/2016/09/greeces-shocking-secretthe-work-of-zero-tolerance/
Bolivian campaigners who were involved in this: https://www.theguardian. com/news/2017/may/05/the- fight-disability-rights- protestors-in-bolivia-on-the- barricades
And successfully forced their government to introduce disability payments for people. Although not yet at a high enough rate to enable an adequate standard of living.
We will be live streaming this conference using our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/disabledpeopleagainstcuts/
And tweeting with the hashtag #Disability&Resistance
Unlike the summit arranged by DfID we will not be having anyone from any large corporations hyping expensive equipment which is beyond the reach of many disabled people to fund.
On Monday and Tuesday follow us on twitter @dis_ppl_protest and please use hashtags #NowIsTheTime and #disability summit
Tweet to any or all of the following saying why the UK government is unfit to host a disability summit.
@IDA_Forum_CRPD gate keepers for who was allowed to come to the summit, to be kind possibly due to ignorance of the UK violation of disabled people’s rights.
Speakers at Tuesday’s summit event
@SophMorgan a disabled model
@Lenin Lenin Moreno (president of Ecuador)
@gabimichetti (vice president of Argentina)
More to follow shortly re-tweets.
And remember watch out for any surprise events happening in the very near future after all no-one ever knows quite where and when DPAC will pop up unexpectedly.