Jul 072015
 

Well attended by a diverse section of the community as well as the local council leaders , MPs, trade unions, CAMPAIGN groups such as DPAC, Palestine solidarity, asylum seekers, GLBT committee and  multi faith leaders.

 

The event was organised by UAF and One Sheffield many cultures- over 250 people  attended.

It was a wonderful, emotional day and very humbling.

Here are some pictures.

And here is a great speech by Jen from Sheffield DPAC as a Quicktime movie at link  https://www.dropbox.com/s/i46whiuky9jc360/jen.speech2%20%283%29.mp4?dl=0

Jun 262014
 

Join Sheffield #DPAC outside courts on 7th July

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A peaceful direct action by disabled people and older people at Sheffield train station against South Yorkshire Transport for revoking free travel from March 31st has been marred once more by aggressive police actions. There have been peaceful direct actions since April.

Sixty protesters took part on 23rd June two were arrested and a blind freedom rider was knocked about falling on top of an activist in a wheelchair. George and Tony who were arrested are in court in Sheffield on 7th July.

Jen Dunstan, of Sheffield Disabled People Against the Cuts, told the Star: “Dozens of elderly and disabled people have been left with bruising. Some have cuts where their skin has broken from being pushed and shoved.

“A placid and calm gentleman was roughly manhandled. I am angry and shocked. The police are meant to protect elderly people.”

A Sheffield Star reporter was also warned to stop filming or he would be arrested under ‘anti terrorism laws’ by railway staff.

The Protesters have the full support of DPAC

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See video and you decide what form of justice is being used….

Nov 092013
 

Disabled people plan more direct action in Sheffield

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press enquiries:

Sheffield DPAC: Tel: 07956 856060 | Email: danpress@blueyonder.co.uk

UK Uncut: Tel: 07928 429752 | Email: sheffield.uncut@hotmail.co.uk

 Disabled people in Sheffield have announced plans for more direct action against the cuts in Sheffield.   Sheffield Disabled People Against the Cuts – Sheffield DPAC – are launching a direct action network at a public meeting taking place at the Central United Reform Church, Norfolk St, Sheffield at 6pm on 12 November.[i]  


Sheffield DPAC will bring together disabled people, carers, supporters, friends and families to fightwhich they say are threatening the lives and livelihoods of disabled people in the UK[ii]

 

The network will raise awareness about the disproportionate effect that cuts are having on disabled people, from unaffordable energy prices[iii], The Bedroom Tax[iv] and the closure of essential community lifelines such as public libraries[v] to the loss of disability benefits and the impact of the Atos Work Capability Assessment.[vi]

 

The announcement follows Sheffield DPAC’s first direct action event on 5 November, when up to 100 people attended ‘The Closing Atos Ceremony 2013’ targeting government ‘fitness for work’ contractor Atos in Sheffield.[vii] 

 

Linda Laurie, Sheffield DPAC, said:

 

“Disabled people, our friends and families mustorganise to defeat the state’s attacks on disabled people.  Sheffield DPAC is working with public sector trades union and community groups to stop these attacks.  Sheffield DPAC demands that the ConDem Government immediately withdraws all contracts from Atos without compensation and scraps the Work Capability Assessment, giving the funding back to the NHS.  We also demand the abolition of the wasteful and punitive Work Programme which pays millions to private companies; if work needs doing, people should be paid a living wages for doing it.  Unpaid work takes away work from workers and undermines wages.  Sheffield DPAC also demands an end to The Bedroom Tax and demands the reversal of public service, and other benefit cuts.  Benefit claimants did not cause the financial crisis or the public spending deficit so why should the poorest people, including disabled people, pay for it?”

 

ENDS

Notes to editors:  Disability rights activists are available to talk to the media, please contact the Sheffield DPAC or UKUncut Sheffield media phone for details.  Please do not pass on contact details to external bodies or agencies.

 



[i] Sheffield DPAC Launch Meeting https://www.facebook.com/ukuncut.sheffield#!/events/421434917957473/?fref=ts

 

[ii]https://dpac.uk.net/category/media/

 

[iii]“The victims: Old, sick and in dread of winter”

 http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/personal-finance/energy-price-rises-see-winter-2359666

 

[iv]http://campaigndpac.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/what-next-on-the-bedroom-tax/

 

[v] Library closure councils ‘neglecting the vulnerable’

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/sep/27/library-closure-councils-neglect-vulnerable?guni=Article:in%20body%20link

 

[vi]https://dpac.uk.net/tag/cuts-and-effects/

 

[vii] “Protesters’ day of action”

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/protesters-day-of-action-1-6218232