Oct 302011
 

First report from Louise Whittle @HarpyMarx, many thanks for letting us repost.

Mike Higgins, Linda Burnip, Debbie Jolly, John McArdle (morning speakers)

Mike Higgins, Linda Burnip, Debbie Jolly, John McArdle (morning speakers)

I attended the DPAC first conference yesterday. Here are some pictures and video to give a flavour of the day. Workshops were held to discuss the priorities for DPAC work and this will be written up put on the website. My favourite demand was, “Get rid of capitalism” as it makes people ill. Too true!

Thomas Butler

There were speakers, I just about caught the end of Mike Higgins talk (I was late to conference). John McArdle’s (Black Triangle) talk I videoed. I enjoyed Mik Scarlet’s talk about the challenges ahead, lots of humour added and especially his anecdote about a certain presenter of a certain dance show parking his Rolls Royce in a disabled only space and claiming he had every right to park there as he’s a “star”…….

John McArdle (Black Triangle)

John McArdle (Black Triangle)

Finally, John McDonnell MP was the final speaker (I videoed his talk too). Overall, the day was about, for me, hearing about the experiences of disabled people being constantly demonised and vilified by this government and previously, NL. Individuals spoke about their terrible experiences at the hands of Atos and the dreaded assessments. As one speaker correctly said, “If you have a pulse you are fit for work as far as Atos is concerned”.

Patrick Lynch (in white teeshirt) and Andy Greene (seated next to him)

Patrick Lynch (in white teeshirt) and Andy Greene (seated next to him)

There were discussion about demands and the way forward. One area is dispelling the lies and myths circulated by the ConDems and Ed Miliband aided and abetted by a media who is only too happy print to reiterate the rubbish. Example, Panorama has a programme coming up about benefit scoungers.

delegates

delegates

John McDonnell is correct when he said we need to make alliances and work together in challenging and fighting against the lies about disabled people but also uniting with others makes up stronger.

Lianna Etkind of Transport for All

Lianna Etkind of Transport for All

Finally, I would like to say thanks and solidarity to committed activist Eleanor Lisney, who I first saw at a Women Against the Cuts at an International Women’s Day event, and met her in cyberspace via Twitter when I came across DPAC. She is standing down from DPAC National Steering Committee.

Debbie Jolly, Eleanor Lisney and Linda Burnip

Debbie Jolly, Eleanor Lisney and Linda Burnip

Mik Scarlett

Mik Scarlett: speaker

John McDonell MP
Lani Parker, Svetlana Kotova with John McDonnell

Lani Parker, Svetlana Kotova with John McDonnell

Jul 032011
 

You are invited to a meeting at

Venue:**Disability Action in Islington**
90-92 Upper Street, London N1 0NP
Date and Time: Saturday 9th July 11.00am to 2pm

There will be BSL interpreters at the meeting. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

London DPAC meeting is open to all disabled and Deaf Londoners who are or want to be involved in anti-cuts work and fighting for human rights which are being eroded by this Con Dem government.

There is a wide variety of disabled and deaf individuals and groups who are struggling against these cuts and the meeting wants to bring together these people

You can be an individual who is interested in getting involved in campaigns, part of campaign group which works on issues around cuts and human rights for deaf and disabled people

It is crucial that we bring together disabled people who are fighting against government policy on a local level, regional level, and national level

This meeting aims to bring together disabled people to talk about:
• What’s been happening
• How we can grow in strength
• If we want to focus on particular campaigns
• If and how we want to be involved in a wider anti-cuts movement
• See if it would be useful to set up a group called London Disabled People against Cuts or not
•How can we use and strengthen the networks we already have?
•Please see invitation and get in touch if you are planning to come

Look forward to seeing you there.

Contact Lani Parker: londondpac@gmail.com or telephone 07876742600