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to mention "HARDEST HIT" disability demo in London today. (Wed)

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ScousyFogarty Wed 11-May-11 10:51:02

HARDEST HIT demo or lobby at Parliament today (wed 11th) supported by
all the relevant charities I am told.

I was suprised it was not mentioned on the early news.

I think it is reasonable to assume disabled people will be HARDEST HIT by welfare reforms. They are right to fight back

Disability is not "very sexy" in news terms so it may not get the publicity
it deserves.
I gather they intend lobbying MPs and parliament. If I lived down South; I would have gone as an observer.

Good luck to them anyway. Anybody making the trip to parliament?

I would like to know what radio stations or TV are publicising it....

thederkinsdame Wed 11-May-11 11:09:11

Thanks for mentioning, I knew nothing about this shock

ScousyFogarty Wed 11-May-11 11:15:55

yes DD. it does not get the publicity it merits

RamblingRosa Wed 11-May-11 11:18:09

Thanks Scousy. I want to go but can't today. It has got some coverage. I saw it in Guardian yesterday.

ScousyFogarty Wed 11-May-11 11:23:32

Yes Rambling it was in the G but not Torygraph

Mamaz0n Wed 11-May-11 11:24:07

It was spoken about breifly on BBc this morning.

But the actual peice was about the Social care reforms and was merely mentioned within that context.
Unless you are disabled and are involved in Disability rights forums then i doubt you would have known about it.

RamblingRosa Wed 11-May-11 11:53:11

I'm not disabled or involved in disability rights forums. But then I'm interested in anti-cuts stuff....

MintyMoo Wed 11-May-11 12:02:00

I wanted to go but am not well enough to today sad

None of the charities for my disabilities are involved, I'm very disappointed in them.

I daresay the march will bring out the usual Daily Mail-esque bile that if people are able to protest they're automatically fit for work though sad

I just hope it gets some decent coverage today, going to watch BBC news at 1 in the hope that it does.

aliceliddell Wed 11-May-11 12:13:40

You can participate online. Will try links later.

ohboob Wed 11-May-11 12:17:20

I think the Guardian have been covering it?
It feels like people just don't care. It's flipping scary.

This is such an important issue. Disabled people may for the most part be invisible but we do exist and life is fecking hard.

On that note can I ask you to watch this video. It would mean a lot to me, thank you.

aliceliddell Wed 11-May-11 12:18:24

aliceliddell Wed 11-May-11 12:19:04

MintyMoo Wed 11-May-11 12:19:34

ohboob - am watching now for you. I have fibro so I know a bit about how it feels to have constant fatigue and pain.

It's international ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia day tomorrow.

aliceliddell Wed 11-May-11 12:20:59

hope that works, thanks! (Hoping I will know how to use this sodding computer one day)

MintyMoo Wed 11-May-11 12:21:39

the link works alice smile

MmeLindt Wed 11-May-11 12:25:38

I have heard about it, on Twitter. There is quite a buzz on there today, so hopefully some of the mainstream media will get involved too

MmeLindt Wed 11-May-11 12:29:04

That is such a sad video. I know so little about ME.

MintyMoo Wed 11-May-11 12:29:35

Thanks for the tip MmeLindt - I'll head off over to Twitter now!

MintyMoo Wed 11-May-11 12:46:34

Well the BBC news site STILL isn't reporting the fact there is a massive protest outsite Parliament right now.

So angry, no-one seems to know this is happening unless they're disabled/heavily involved in disability campaigns or caring for a disabled person.

Ninxy Wed 11-May-11 12:50:54

Linked on Facebook for my son and the many others who are unable to participate today.

Thanks OP.

aliceliddell Wed 11-May-11 12:54:19

Minty - let your MP know. Then remind him/her. Many times. I suspect that may be most effective if they are Lib dem with a small majority.

MintyMoo Wed 11-May-11 12:55:11

Coverage here. Some absolutely fucking fucking knob has said along these lines

'if they can go to the rally they can join the workforce like the rest of us and stop being a burden'


(I love this site, no other forum I use allows swearing)

MintyMoo Wed 11-May-11 12:56:11

alice - going to email him today. Haven't calmed down enough to write a non expletive email yet.

Punkatheart Wed 11-May-11 13:08:24

Good grief MintyMoo, words fail me. It is often society who is to blame for not employing disabled people. Also, those who simply cannot work live an invisible life which is often full of struggle. As someone said, the cuts may mean someone has a bath once a week rather than three times. This should be a human right.

Angry too. Potentially, a lot of us may become disabled at some point in our lives....

flyinstar Wed 11-May-11 13:24:58

just want to wish all on the march well,really hope you can make a difference,like i heard on tv yesterday,bet the goverment haven,t had cuts on their salarys and pensions,fed up with the goverment taking from the most poorly off and vunerable of the country....
op lets hope its covered fully on the news tonight.

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