Last year during the ATOS Games over 30 local actions took place around the UK. They were really important for getting the message to members of the public and raising awareness about what this government is doing to disabled people.
This year you get to choose the target of your choice. You could take the Reclaiming Our Futures manifesto to present at your local MP’s constituency office, spread it through social media, protest on the streets against segregated education, the proposed ILF closure or show solidarity at your local Remploy site (for those few factories in their last weeks of operation). Alternatively, you might want to lobby your local Council on the Bedroom Tax and cuts to local services/support. Oh, and as we know ATOS offices are still around too….
You could decide to hold an arts event or a debate to raise awareness about disabled people’s rights. There are a number of films listed below showing disabled people’s protest or the brilliant work of Katherine Araniello providing a wry insight into prejudice and the social model discussion event on 1st September will be live streamed for virtual particpation.
How you organise your local actions is entirely up to you but there is a set of resources to download below that might be useful to ensure you get as much local publicity as possible and could give you more time to concentrate on building bigger protests.
Thanks to the local groups who have shared these with us and if you have any resources that other actions and campaigns might find useful please do send them in.
We can help promote your actions on the DPAC website to build as much support as possible so send us information that we can publish about when and where local actions are taking place.
Resources to download:
– Template press release: ROF template PR
– Flyer promoting grand finale of the week of action on 4th September: flyer 3
– Letter to send to your MPs inviting them to the lobby in Parliament and launch of the UK Disabled People’s Manifesto: Dear MP
– Flyer for the lobby and launch: flyer – lobby (3)
– Easy read information about the week of action: DPAC easy read (2)
– Reclaiming Our Futures graphic: graphic
– Films list: Films
– Guide to organising a local action: How to Guide
– Easy read ‘Planning a Campaign’ information: campaigns (DPAC)
And of course, back this year by popular demand…. Barbie shows us how to organise a demo….How to do a demo
Don’t forget to make sure your friends, family and fellow campaigners have information about the week of action and armchair activism guide and let us know how you get on.
Together we can reclaim our futures!