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Disabled People Against Cuts London organising meeting

by Roger Lewis, South London DPAC
Issue No. 2260

Disabled activists from across the capital attended a meeting last Saturday called by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to discuss coordinated protests against the government’s attacks.

The meeting heard the experiences of disabled people in Islington, Lambeth and elsewhere who had supported the public sector strikes on 30 June.

Importantly, speakers were applauded when they talked of the need to make links with workers in the Department for Work and Pensions and social workers.

They are being forced to implement the cuts to benefits and services that we face.

People agreed that it will be vital not to let the Tories divide us by setting disabled people against those who are also under attack.

They will include disabled people being discriminated against as the cuts affect those in work.

The meeting agreed to support a national DPAC protest being planned for London this September against Atos (see story above).

Although the scale of the attacks on disabled people can seem overwhelming, the mood of the meeting was upbeat and determined.

We are focused on widening the opposition to the Tories through building links with trade unions and local anti- cuts campaigns.

The meeting also agreed to support the protest at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Sunday 2 October.

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Tue 12 Jul 2011, 17:04 BST
Issue No. 2260
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