Last week on 4th September disabled people and our supporters took to the streets of Westminster as the finale to the DPAC week of action: Reclaiming Our Futures.
Download and sign up to the UK Disabled People’s manifesto through www.inclusionlondon.co.uk
You can watch Reel News’ film from the day here:
You can download the manifesto below.
Full manifesto, summary of manifesto and Easy Read versions are available in both PDF and Word version.
Download Easy Read versions below
Easy Read versionas are below in both PDF and Word versions.
Media links on Paralympic legacy
Fabulous ISLINGTON local protest
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!
As part of our week of DPAC’s Reclaiming our Futures action
We’re asking you to ‘Caption it!’ see below for 4 pics if you have a caption then send to:
with Caption it in the subject line and the number of the pic you want to caption-we’ll publish the best after the week of action
Copy and paste below or download from link-your MP can be found at
I am writing as one of your constituents to invite you to attend the launch of the UK Disabled People’s Manifesto: Reclaiming Our Futures on 4th September 5 – 6pm in the House of Commons Committee room 9.
Current government policy on disability is in crisis with disabled people collectively feeling under attack from their own government; research shows that disabled people are being disproportionately impacted by the cuts with those with the most complex levels of support need being hit by austerity nineteen times harder than the average person (‘A Fair Society? How the cuts target disabled people’ by Simon Duffy).
With around 1 in 5 of the population being disabled and many more affected by disability as family, friends and carers or simply as citizens who care about social justice, policy and pledges on disability will be a key concern of many voters as we approach the next election.
Disabled people and our organisations have come together across the UK to develop a UK Disabled People’s manifesto setting out the key principles, demands and commitments that are important to Deaf and disabled people and our allies.
I hope you are able to join us on the 4th to explore what is needed to achieve a society where disabled people can live, work and participate as equal citizens. Copies of the manifesto will be available from Inclusion London (www.inclusion.co.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 02072373181).
Link to download letter in Word Dear MP
Join us for a day of creativity, fun and disability pride.
Tottenham Chances, 399 High Road, London, N17 6QN
Exhibition: 12 – 7pm: A range of grassroots disabled people’s work exploring disability and protest
Banner making workshop: 1-3.30pm: come together for a fun afternoon of banner and placard making for the Freedom Drive on 4th September
Sharing of Work: 4 – 6 pm: disabled performers and writers will put on a range of work exploring disability and activism. With spoken word performance from Ju Gosling, scenes from Kate Cryer’s new play ‘Unspoken’, poetry, songs and open mic, prepare for a powerful afternoon.
Fundraising gig: 7.30pm till late: Madpride compere Jason Why introduces an all star line up with films from Katherine Araniello, comedian Laurence Clark, singer/songwriterAngryfish, live performance of the DPAC Anti Atos anthem ‘Condem Love’ by Kevin Robins and headlining will be Rockinpaddy.
The venue has its own carpark and has wheelchair access. BSL will be provided for the workshop and sharing of work.
For access requests please contact: email@example.com.
National protest to defend disabled people’s rights and freedoms and demand equality and inclusion
Last year we shamed Atos and occupied the Department for Work and Pensions in opposition to the injustice and distress caused by the Work Capability Assessment. A year later and the only Paralympic legacy most disabled people have seen is one of more cuts and more anger.
Research has shown that cuts are targeting disabled people. Meanwhile government and the media misrepresent figures and statistics to label disabled people as benefit scroungers.
We say this isn’t right.
We say we need to unite and fight against injustice.
Join us for the final day of the Reclaiming Our Futures Disabled People’s week of action as we protest in Westminster.
Four themed ‘blocks’ will meet at 4 Government departments, central to the lives of disabled people. After handing over our demands, blocks will then move towards Parliament where we will formally launch the UK Disabled People’s Manifesto and present our demands to our elected representatives.
Choose your ‘block’ and meet at 12.45pm at one of:
Department for Education to oppose government attacks on inclusive education and a return to segregation
(SanctuaryBuildings, 20 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT)
Department of Energy and Climate Change if you’re angry about the numbers of disabled people living in fuel poverty while the energy companies rake in ever growing profits
(3 Whitehall Pl, City of Westminster, SW1A 2AW)
Department for Transport to challenge inaccessible transport, the opening of new inaccessible stations for Crossrail and proposed cuts to rail staff further reducing customer assistance
(Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Rd, London SW1P 4DR)
Department of Health to defend our NHS and demand our right to levels of social care support enabling choice, control, dignity and independence
(Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS)
LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT:
5 – 6pm – launch of the UK Disabled People’s Manifesto
7.30pm til late
Saturday 31st August
Tottenham Chances, 399 High Road, Tottenham, N7 6QN
Madpride compere Jason Why introduces an all star line up with films from Katherine Araniello, comedian Laurence Clark, singer/songwriter Angryfish, live performance of the DPAC Anti Atos anthem ‘Condem Love’ by Kevin Robins and headlining will be Rockinpaddy.
Tickets on the door (£2 unwaged, £5 waged and £10 solidarity) but please RSVP to say if you are coming: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 1st September, 12.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN
Key speakers: Anne Rae: former UPIAS and current chair of the Greater
Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), Colin Barnes: Professor of Disability Studies at Leeds Centre for Disability Studies
As government and the private sector increasingly use a so-called ‘modern understanding of disability’ to redefine who is and who isn’t disabled it is more important than ever that we understand, defend and promote the social model of disability. This isn’t helped when the social model is not fully supported within our movement.
This event will be a chance to hear from a range of speakers and to discuss why the social model is still relevant today to our lives and our futures and to map out what we need to do to fight for it. The event will be live-streamed with the opportunity for people to participate in the discussion virtually.
We want everyone to be included in this -livestream link for the day http://bambuser.com/channel/
You can also tweet questions/comments to: @Dis_ppl_protest (hastag #dpacrofsm) or email: email@example.com throughout the event.
Bus number 243
Nearest tube Holborn (not wheelchair accessible)
Please note we are unable to provide any food or drinks- please bring your own if wanted: tea and coffee machine by meeting room
Places are limited so please book to guarantee entry or for access requests:
DPAC Norfolk, Reclaiming Our Rights
Fri, 30th August 2013
12:30pm – 2pm
Jobcentre Plus, Kiln House, Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 1BZ
This is part of the national DPAC week of action, toprotest at organizations that are creating barriers to inclusion for disabled people.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this event, please join us if you possibly can, tell as many interested/supportive friends and family to come along too. Let’s unite together in solidarity to leave this Government under no illusion that we will not rest until we get our message across about what we want and expect from them and future Governments.
DPAC say this is not fair, not acceptable and we must fight back against the continuing attacks. We will be having a week of actions nationally and virtually from August 29th and culminating on September 4th with mass events and actions in London.
Thursday 29th August – launch on anniversary of coffin delivery to Atos, make Crossrail fully accessible protest, plus more….
Friday 30th August – local protests –go to local MPs, Atos offices, schools and colleges that are creating barriers to inclusion..plus more…
Saturday 31st August – disability, art and protest exhibition and gig
Sunday 1st September –
The Social Model In The 21st Century – Why Is It Still relevant?
Monday 2nd September – Media direct actions, picking up the pace as we come to the end of the week of action, despite everything we do it is getting more and more difficult to get media space to present the facts whereas there is plenty of space given to misrepresentation of stats and government lies
Tuesday 3rd September – ‘I Dare’ day – to reinforce that we want Rights not Charity and a society where we are able to operate on our own terms as disabled people.
Approximate time 1pm -2.30pm
Wednesday 4th September – Grand Finale events in London and public launch of the Manifesto ‘Reclaiming our Futures’
noon- 4pm followed by lobby of parliament 5-6pm
We want to get disabled people from around the UK out resisting, based on their experiences, creating disabled people’s space, raising awareness of what we are all about. But there is plenty of social media stuff too- everyone can be an ‘extremist’!
The Anti Atos message last year was very clear and very successful. This year we want the messaging to be broader and to be about what we want and expect from any future government including all aspects of inclusion.
At the Rethinking Disability Policy event last September a network of Disabled People’s Organisations agreed to develop a manifesto of demands. The manifesto is nearly ready for consultation and sign up. Let us know if you’d like a copy.
The Reclaiming Our Futures week will launch the manifesto and say what we want to protect our futures.
Last year’s ATOS GAMES protests had at least 33 separate local protests in different locations in England, Scotland and Wales over the course of the week.
While the Atos Games focused on demonstrating and closing things down, this year’s week of action will retain that anger and include direct action but it will also be a celebration of disability pride.
DPAC has some funding for the week of action and we have worked out what we have the capacity to do. We are asking other groups to think about what they can put on and contribute to the week. This needs all of us!
We are asking people around the UK to do things as well – debates, forums, art exhibitions, protests, to link in with this. Let us know what you’re planning and we’ll publicise it!
If you need help with funding to get to London (4th Sept) email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details. DPAC members will get first priority but we’re hoping to be able to contribute to all that want to come along. If you are unable to come but would like your picture carried send us a photo or message. Please get in touch with any other queries as well and we’ll try to help.
more to come…….