Jul 202012
 

Posted from: http://leicestersocialists.org.uk/2012/07/launch-of-east-midlands-disabled-people-against-cuts/

Post written by Lucy Stokes

On 30th June 2012 Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) launched East Midlands Disabled People Against Cuts, with people from Nottingham, Northampton, Leicester and Market Harborough attending the meeting. The main speakers were Linda Burnip and Debbie Jolly, who cofounded DPAC. We talked about what activities to do in the region and about past activities, such as blocking traffic in Oxford Street and Trafalgar Square; the creation of gridlocks on the streets of London (as a result of a mass wheelchair assault on the buses) and a number of other protests held outside Atos’ headquarters in Euston. Discussion also dealt with forming alliances with other campaigning groups such as Right to Work, UK Uncut and the Climate Justice Collective.

For more information or to join East Midlands DPAC email mail@dpac.uk.net.

Thanks to Roxeanne and Joanna for the photos.

Jun 242012
 

Disabled people and their allies in the East Midlands are invited to the launch of East Midlands Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), a disabled people led group bringing to the East Midlands the campaign to stand up for the rights of disabled people against the vicious attacks being perpetrated by the Condem government.

Date: 30th June 2012

Time: 2 – 4pm

Venue: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Café, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA

Speakers include Linda Burnip and Debbie Jolly, co-founders of national DPAC, whose hard work and determination have built up a campaign that together with our sister organisation in Scotland, Black Triangle, has been described by John McDonnell MP as representing the highest point in disabled people’s activism.

Recent actions include blocking traffic in Oxford Street and Trafalgar Square and creating gridlock on London’s streets with a mass wheelchair assault on the buses as well as a number of protests outside Atos headquarters in Euston.

DPAC also works closely with allied campaigns and protests to ensure the inclusion of disabled people, including the Right to Work campaign, UKUncut, and Climate Justice Collective. We ran a virtual protest alongside the TUC’s March for the Alternative on 26th March 2011 to ensure that disabled people who could not physically attend the protest were able to be involved and this model has now being adopted and copied by mainstream protest groups.

East Midlands DPAC will be for disabled people in the East Midlands to set your local campaigns agenda and the launch meeting will be a chance to discuss what issues are most important to you and how you want to go about raising them.

The venue is wheelchair accessible and any papers used will be provided in easy read format. Please let us know any access needs in advance and we will do our best to meet them.

Please let us know if you are coming by emailing mail@dpac.uk.net  or leaving a message or texting to 07502022077.

For more information about DPAC go to www.dpac.uk.net or contact the above number and leave your name and address for information to be sent out to you. 

Travel and directions: There is a small car park situated next to the museum including two parking bays for Blue Badge holders, though due to demand, availability of parking cannot be guaranteed, particularly on event or concert occasions. On street pay and display parking is also available at the back of the museum. The nearest major car park is the NCP situated on East Street, next to the Y Theatre.

More details here: http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/nwm-art-gallery/#Opening-Times