Tuesday, 18 January 2011

National Day of Protest against Benefit Cuts and DLA Consultation

Details below of the National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts. Yesterday before attending the London Green Party meeting I had a meeting with London Disability Spokesperson Alan Wheatley and we began responding to the government's consultation on Disability Living Allowance. The consultation closes on February 14th so we have a considerable amount of work to get through before then. I will be chairing the working group which organises the Green Party's response to this. I had a busy weekend attending the Coalition of Resistance National Council all day Saturday where I was elected on to the national Steering Committee, whose first meeting was held today. More on the national council meeting anon. Also attended a committee meeting today of the London Ambulance Service's Clinical Quality, Safety and Effectiveness Committee, having only received the vast wadge of papers yesterday. I was standing in for the Vice Chair of the Patients Forum, Malcolm Alexander, who usually attends. Tomorrow night I attend the launch of the Centre for Respiratory Research at University College London.

National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts: 24/01/11


News is coming in of protests and actions around the UK as part of the National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts called for the 24th January.

With a call to focus on the poverty pimps set to make hundreds of millions out of benefit reforms, many groups have chosen to target Atos Origin, the company responsible for the punitive medical testing of disability and sickness benefits.

In London a Party and Picnic has been called in Triton Square near Euston from 2pm. Bring music, drums, whistles, banners, food to share and brighten up the faceless corporate wasteland that is home to poverty pimps Atos Origin Ltd: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126713940728397&index=1

In Livingston,not far from Edinburgh, protesters will be visiting Atos Origin’s Scotland Office. Visit the facebook page for more info, and be there from 10am: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171393309560338

Atos will also be the scene of a protest in Leeds called by local claimants and West Yorkshire Solidarity Federation. Be at 1 Whitehall, Leeds from 10 am then a group will be visiting notorious poverty pimps A4e at noon (Ground Floor Zicon House Wade Lane Leeds LS2 8DD): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184130128281306

Even the Shires are revolting with a Protest Against Disability Cuts to be held in Lydney, Gloucestershire. Meet outside the Co-op at 1pm: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145737215482219

A call has gone out for protest in Burnley, meet outside Burnley Town Hall at 12.30: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=188512334508043

In Hastings activists will be laying a trail of Red Drops from Hastings to London.

Crawley – Meet 10am, The Boulevard (opposite Marks & Spencers): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181446395220447

Brighton – Using the 24th to publicise a bigger event against Atos Origin on the 5th Feb: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181302175222578

A few days earlier on the 20th Jan, Cardiff’s Unemployed Daytime Disco returns promising DJs, Live Music, Spoken Word Artistes, bands, light shows & happenings. And of course it’s all free: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=130489737014798

Finally taking place everywhere the Second National Troll A Tory Day will take place on the 24th January for all those who can’t attend a protest in person. Tell the bastards what you think: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=174707432567575

If you are organising an event in your area that has not been mentioned please get in touch. Either join the national event page and post details on the wall or email: notowelfarecuts (@) yahoo.co.uk

Supported by:

o Accept the challenge Iain Duncan-Smith!

(FB Group from Dundee Unemployed Workers)

o Benefit Claimants Fightback (fb group)

o Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign (fb page)

o Brighton Benefits Campaign

o Cardiff's Unemployed Daytime Discos!

o Carer Watch

o Carer Watch fb page

o Crippen – Disabled Cartoonist

o Disabled People Against Cuts

o Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty

o Free London Listings

o Goldsmiths in Occupation

o Haringey Solidarity Group

o Ipswich Unemployed Action

o Islington Disabled People Against Cuts

o Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group

o Lancaster and Morecambe Against the Cuts!

o Norfolk Community Action Group

o Nottingham Claimants' Union

o Oxford Save Our Services

o Nuneaton Against Benefit Cuts (fb page)

o Squattastic

o Tyneside Claimants Union

o Welfare Rights 4 u (UK) fb page

o Welfare Action Hackney

o Work Programme & Flexible New Deal Scandal

o World Homeless Day

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