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National day of action against benefits cuts on the 24th. Can't take time off work? Participate in Troll a Tory campaign. Just like your usual internet procrastiation, only better! http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/

If you are on my flist, you know someone who is affected by these issues. Likelyhood is, if you've been linked here by anyone else, you know someone affected by these issues too.

The student protests had in the region 30,000 people show up. The last action against benefits cuts day had 30 people. That is just not good enough: http://wheresthebenefit.blogspot.com/2010/12/national-day-of-protest-against-welfare.html?spref=tw

Now, lots of people who are on benefits have difficulty getting to protests: they can't afford it, they have mobility issues, they're worried about getting their benefits stopped.

So this means two things: firstly, if you can show up or act, even if you are not directly affected by the cuts, it is so, so important that you do. If you are reading this, you have access to a computer, and you know someone affected. So if you do nothing else, you can sign the petition, here: http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/petition-the-minister-for-disabled-people-to-recall-the-public-consultation-on-dla-reform/569

Other things you can do include e-mailling your MP (www.theyworkforyou.com), writing a post in solidarity, linking to The Broken of Britains (http://thebrokenofbritain.blogspot.com/) and/or Disabled People Against the Cuts (http://disabilitymessageboard.blogspot.com/2010/10/disabled-people-against-cuts-dpac.html).

More you can do, here: http://www.lcdisability.org/?lid=14585
or here: http://www.mind.org.uk/campaigns_and_issues/policy_and_issues/making_benefits_fairer-welfare_reform/take_action

Try and do something on Monday if you can! When 30,000 people take to the streets at the same time, it's easy for them to be counted. This is harder! If you are going to do something, even if it's just sign the petition or relink this post, please comment here and let me know. Even if I exclude inactive journals and people I know aren't reading, there must be close to 100 people reading this journal. So let me know you're listening to me when it's important!

If you would physically be at the protest but can't be cos your disability prevents you, let me know! I might even try and get proxy-protestors sorted for people. (If you would be prepared to be a proxy-protester, please also let me know!)

1% fraud. 20% cuts. That's 19% of geniunely disabled people on these benefits, who need these benefits to leave the house and care for themselves, who will no longer recieve them. They might not be 'the most vulnerable of disabled people', whatever that means, but they are extremely likely to be more vulnerable, physically and financially, than the rest of the general population; and certainly than financial service workers and politicians.
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Date: 2011-01-21 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sebastienne.livejournal.com
I'm commenting to let you know that I've signed the Petition Online and Leonard Cheshire Disability petitions.

I was at a library cuts meeting last night and the rhetoric was very much that of unity - refusing to be drawn into "if not that cut, then which cut?", but standing together across all the ways this government wants to destroy us.

When I get the mental energy together to write up that event (I hope, over the weekend) I will give prominence to these issues. I'm so sorry that I can't do more than that right now.

Date: 2011-01-21 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
*hughold*

What you can where you can. One step at a time.

Honestly, honestly, I wouldn't be able to do what I do the way I do it if I'd never met you. I believe we make a difference.

Thankyou.

Date: 2011-01-21 09:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] foreverdirt.livejournal.com
Hey love. Am still thinking about what I'm going to do.

Date: 2011-01-21 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Thankyou.

*hold*

Date: 2011-01-21 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cannons-at-dawn.livejournal.com
Cheers - have linked. I'll be in work on Monday, but will be happy to channel my regular desire to procrastinate into trolling Tories.

Date: 2011-01-21 10:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-01-21 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-night-wind.livejournal.com
I've signed the petition at petitiononline and will attempt to do more. Thanks for linking me to this.

Date: 2011-01-21 10:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-01-21 10:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] vampire-kitten.livejournal.com
I would be at the protest, but I do not think I can cope with the travelling (and as Laura reminds me, I've made a clashing medical appointment now).

If anyone is able to go except for financial reasons, I could contribute towards travel costs?

Date: 2011-01-22 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Love you. Will see if I can sort something.

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Date: 2011-01-21 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxfordgirl.livejournal.com
Can't take the time off work. Will work out how much I can do on the day. I will email Andrew Smith at the very least. love you.

Date: 2011-01-22 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
*hugs*

Thankyou.

Will you repost, lovely? You've got a good readership, and I got a whole bunch of GNS sponsorship off your flist.

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Date: 2011-01-22 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mentalfirewall.livejournal.com
Have signed petitions. Will try and write letter to MP.
*hugs*
You're amazing. Never forget it.

Date: 2011-01-22 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Thankyou. Like, really, a lot.

Date: 2011-01-22 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeke-hubris.livejournal.com
Petition signed. May well try and take Monday off to go and protest. Thankyou for letting me know about this.

Date: 2011-01-22 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Thanks! Let me know if you're gonna be around on Mon and we can try to hook up. :D

Date: 2011-01-22 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apotropaios.livejournal.com
Petition signed - and though I can't get time off work, Triton Square is just one tube stop away from my work - I can go for an hour over lunch and provide food :)

Date: 2011-01-22 11:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxfordgirl.livejournal.com
nice one, dude :D

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Date: 2011-01-22 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sesquepadalia.livejournal.com
Petition signed, will see about doing further good when I'm properly awake...

Date: 2011-01-23 10:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-01-22 12:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vevaphonics.livejournal.com
Petition Signed. Signal Boosted. MP Emailed.

Won't be able to get the time off work to get to the protest. however.

Date: 2011-01-22 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vevaphonics.livejournal.com
Also, in the unlikely event that anyone wants to read it, here's the full text of the Harrington Report (or, as I personally subtitle it: Why WCA is bad and ATOS are awful)

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/wca-review-2010.pdf

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Date: 2011-01-22 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arachnekallisti.livejournal.com
Have posted links to my flist and signed both petitions. Currently working on composing a letter to my MP. Will be in work on Monday, but intend to be trolling Tories in slow moments.

Let's just hope we can make a difference.

Date: 2011-01-23 08:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-01-22 08:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] jacinthsong.livejournal.com
Am going to come out on Monday. Will follow your links and signalboost tonight/tomo. xxx

Date: 2011-01-23 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
See you there! My phone number is the same as always, but I've got a new phone so can you text or e-mail me yours?

Date: 2011-01-22 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hrhianne.livejournal.com
Signed the petition, and will see if I can get Monday afternoon off work to go to the protest.

Date: 2011-01-23 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Thanks babes.

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Date: 2011-01-22 11:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] spiralsheep.livejournal.com
Hi stranger (here via jacinthsong). I hear you. Thank you for the links.

Date: 2011-01-23 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading.

Date: 2011-01-23 08:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] golden-exism.livejournal.com
I don't know you.... but I do also love Sandman....

It's Oxfordgirl's fault I found your awesome post.

Thank you.

Date: 2011-01-23 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading.

Date: 2011-01-23 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alittleacademe.livejournal.com
I can't get to London but I've emailed (both my) MPs and am link-following now. xxx

Date: 2011-01-23 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Thankyou love. *hugs*

Date: 2011-01-23 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hooverpig.livejournal.com
Petition signed and signal boosted. Am absolutely on board with coming out tomorrow with you. When where?

Date: 2011-01-23 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Spoken to you over IM now, but just for the record: in London, 2pm Triton Square, nr Euston and Warren St tube. :)

Date: 2011-01-23 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] draxar.livejournal.com
When'n'where are the protests tommorrow?

Date: 2011-01-23 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
2pm, Triton Square, near Euston and Warren street.

Date: 2011-01-23 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] steerpikelet.livejournal.com
Tweeted. Signal boosted. Petitions signed. I'm writing that article about disability cuts for New Statesman tomorrow. Coming out after a standing appointment at 2. Anything else I can do, let me know. Love and solidarity xxx

Date: 2011-01-23 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
See you there babes!

Date: 2011-01-23 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arachne.livejournal.com
Stuff signed, letter written, signal about to be boosted.

I know it's late in the day, but I can't be at the protest tomorrow (and there doesn't appear to be one happening in Manc) due to not being able to afford to get down there, so if you could find a proxy protestor for me, that would be awesome.

If not, just... wave banners in double-time or something ;)

Date: 2011-01-23 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Will see what I can do :)

Date: 2011-01-23 09:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] booklectica
I've signed the petition and donated.

Date: 2011-01-23 10:08 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-01-23 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whisperkit.livejournal.com
Where oh where are the Nottingham ones? I can find exactly fuck all going on in Nottingham for this. Someone seriously dropped the ball either in planning or posting info anywhere.

Date: 2011-01-23 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Here you go! There doesn't seem to be a big street demo organised for the 24th, but there's some stuff here: http://nottssos.org.uk/category/events-meetings/

Date: 2011-01-24 09:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaosdeathfish.livejournal.com
Sorry, I can't get a day off work this soon after starting :( I signed the petition a while ago, am planning to do a post today and troll Tories when I have a chance.

Date: 2011-01-24 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Thanks love.
*cling*

Date: 2011-01-24 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thekremlin.livejournal.com
I've signed the petition, and re-contacted my MP inquiring if he really doesn't care enough to write back to me.

Sadly there doesn't seem to be a protest in Sheffield, when I get out of work I'll consider what else I can do.

Date: 2011-01-24 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
Thanks babes.
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