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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.