Group of Elderly, Sick and Disabled People to Engage in Disruptive Act of Civil Disobedience

Posted by on January 22, 2012

Message from the Invisible (UK Uncut)

On Saturday 28th January in central London, a group of disabled, sick and elderly people are going to engage in a daring and disruptive act of civil disobedience, and they’ve asked for our support. Meet at 11.30am at Holborn tube station with a charged Oyster card, ready to travel to a secret location.

Britain isn’t perfect. But our welfare state offers something that everyone can be proud of. It’s a comforting thought that if tomorrow you lost your job, your home or even a limb, society would be there to help you through it.

At least until now. The government’s Welfare Reform Bill is just weeks away from becoming law and is the biggest threat the welfare state has faced in its history.

The Bill will take vital lifelines from the most vulnerable people in society. Right now, 500,000 families stand to lose their homes. Others will become imprisoned in them. Half a million will lose their disability allowance, including disabled children. People with terminal illnesses will be forced into work, and 3.2 million will be put through cruel tests that are pushing some to take their own lives. Millions of people – pensioners, low waged workers, the disabled, sick and unemployed – will fall deeper into poverty.

The government’s excuse for all this? The deficit, of course. Yet it continues to turn a blind eye to the £25 billion in tax dodged by corporations and rich individuals every year, a sum greater than the projected savings of the entire Welfare Reform Bill. Vodafone’s brand new £2bn tax dodge alone could pay for all of the cuts to Disability Living Allowance, which affects 500,000 people.

Cameron, Osborne, Clegg and Co. are choosing to inflict suffering on sick and disabled people rather than tackle rich tax dodgers, because they think the poor and vulnerable are invisible – that they won’t or can’t make a fuss – and the rest of us don’t care.

On Saturday 28th January, let’s show them that they’re wrong. A group of disabled, sick and elderly people are going to engage in a hugely daring and disruptive act of civil disobedience, and they’ve asked for our support.

Meet at 11.30am at Holborn tube station with a charged Oyster card, ready to travel to a secret location. The government are going to discover that the vulnerable can be very visible indeed, and that the rest of us do care.

The Lords have already shot down some of the government’s most damaging proposals. Our aim now is to shame the government into withdrawing the bill completely and instead create a welfare system that protects us all. Let’s make sure everyone knows that Cameron would rather make millions of sick and disabled people’s lives a misery than collect the tax from his millionaire mates.

See you at Holborn.

“Yes, disabled people will be among the hardest hit by these cuts, but they will also hit back the hardest.”

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22 Responses to “Group of Elderly, Sick and Disabled People to Engage in Disruptive Act of Civil Disobedience”

  1. Chris Says:

    Respect!

  2. Ann Parkes Says:

    I shall be there. On behalf of the people I care for. And I won’t be fucking quiet!

  3. Negotiation Is Over Says:

    Wow! This is awesome, Ann! How would you feel about covering the story for NIO? Get some pics, write a story, maybe get some statements from the demonstrators? If this group can act, there are no more excuses for the rest of us.

    As someone who still deals with residual injuries from a catastrophic motorcycle accident in 1993, I can fully appreciate everything these people contend with on a daily basis. And their courage and dignity to stage this act of public resistance is truly admirable. I wish I could be there as well.

  4. Ann Parkes Says:

    Of course, I shall be delighted to do so.

  5. anne heritage Says:

    Here in Somerset and the uk as a whole the suicide rate has increased since the tories got in..one couple killed themselves because her disability allowance was cut..this govt stinks

  6. Negotiation Is Over Says:

    Excellent! Thank you!

  7. Tracy Says:

    Hope it goes really well – wish I could join but I guess I’m one of the lucky disabled that has a job too and up in Manchester. You go give them hell and I really will be thinking about ya…………….and watching the news too.

  8. erose Says:

    Wish I could be with you, maybe this should happen in all the big cities around the country. What this government are doing is barbaric disabled people depend on DLA and there own figures show that it is doing the job with just a 0.5 % fraud rate. I notice they won’t say have much this change will cost or how much the IB changes are costing. It’s time the general public got the really story and not the lies and hype that the DWP and the Ministers keep spouting. I am fed up with them tell people that I’m living high on DLA and IB. It doesn’t pay the bills and I get no help with my heating bills at all. Thanks guys, give them hell.

  9. After Atos Says:

    One way that an active disabled has done is create an online feedback survey on afteratos.com so that everyone taking the Atos assessment can record their experiences, facts, stats and outcome. The govt DWP and Atos refused and still refuses to put in place a feedback and auditing system that will account and count for the disabled and what has happened to them due to their implementation of policies and assessments. AFTER ATOS has been rolling since March 2011. It works as an ongoing rolling feedback survey and ongoing rolling results which are published publically on line on the webpage and via Facebook and available in pdf and sent to MPs and journalists and every newspaper. The info and results are there for anyone to use to back up their argument and show that they are not the only ones. Run on a objective impartial feedback survey that does allow for good and bad experiences it shows the facts the should give the little fishy and Atos govt and DWP a smack. But so far has not. It is onrolling and ongoing. Some may survive, many will not and many will have died before it is ended. But every one needs to be accounted for. every one needs to be heard and no one missed. Run by one lone woman but backed by many and subscribed to. In first few weeks of launching website we had over 1000 per hits a day. Has been attacked hacked legal challenges and sabotaged from within. Yet still going and insisting on taking and the right for disabled to record their experiences and feedback. Now moving into regional and people making and forming their own AFTER ATOS local groups to ensure everyone gets to record their feedback and to try and set up networking and buddying systems and hopefully from that support systems so that no one falls through the net. Regional Facebook groups just set up.

    Willing to create feedback surveys for other parts of system but we need funding and manpower to do such. Silly govt and private disabled proverty pimps get mega backing and funding we get nothing. yet are vital and more useful. Unions create a 300million pound “War Chest” to fight the cuts but wont give or provide any for disabled to fight and protect and support themselves. Need bodies to break this deadlock and glass ceiling. See you

    Aunty Admin

    Yours
    AFTER ATOS
    Counting the Disabled Back In – Because People Matter

  10. Ben Says:

    Can’t be there for the 28th, but I offer good luck and solidarity from Swansea

  11. Jan Lee Says:

    Go Guys! Wish I could be there too! Many thanks for representing the many of us who cannot sadly be there. Will be watching and listening closely along with friends who also suffer from acquired Brain Injury. Jan

  12. jdbobs Says:

    Thank you xxx

  13. Wendé Anne Maunder Says:

    Wish I could be there, Hope you get a huge response. And I’ll be with you in spirit and glued to the NEWS.

  14. El Duderino Says:

    I wonder if the police will want to patronise their protest? And I wonder if they’ll be abused as much as more able-bodied protesters? And if not, why not, what about equal ops?

  15. Jean Nash Says:

    Solidarity !Only wish I could be there.Unfortunately my efforts are restricted to spreading the word on Facebook. Go ! Go ! Go ! With you in spirit. Await the news !!

  16. Alfie Says:

    I wish i knew more on the matter and understood politics better, but I know that over all what I read about this goverment and their cuts on just about everything, apart from the rich, fucking infuriates me. Go at it guys, make your voices heard

  17. Annie Says:

    I will be there in spirit, can not manage the trip there, have no transport and cannot walk far.

    A big thank you to all of you brave souls who will e their!

  18. Vicki Says:

    I’d love to be there but currently stuck in bed with a back injury I’ve had for months, bloody cripples hey. Good luck and go fo it xx

  19. Alex Tyler Says:

    I think I’ll be there, was on Incap for 2.5 years after breakdown and needed the safety net, if I ever re-lapse there won’t be a safety net next time.

    Heading up from the Rhondda Valley. 19,700 people on either Incap or ESA and most of them will fail the assessment – if the trend continues as it has been. That’s in RCT alone.

  20. Ann Parkes Says:

    Hope you manage to get there ok Alex. I shall be going also. I think that there will be a good turn-out. And, if successful, hope other cities follow suit! We’ll maybe exchange notes next week(?)

    Remember to wrap up & bring a hat – hahaha (I’ve just had to borrow one). Forecast cold & sleet.

    Have a safe journey there & back!! xxx

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