Tuesday, 28 November 2017

International Day of People with Disabilities & Disability History Month + Extra News

Dear Friends,

The 3rd of December is the International Day of People with Disabilities. Every year it has a different theme; this year it’s Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday

The UK celebrates Disability History Month (DHM) between the 22 November to 22 December and around www.ukdhm.org/what-is-ukdhm DHM started in 2010, as the chance to “celebrate our lives, challenge disableism and achieve equality.” 

In East London the Together! 2017 Disability History Month Festival started on 17 November and goes on till 15 December 2017 www.together2012.org.uk/activities-programme/together-2017-disability-history-month-festival/
including the Together! 2017 Disability Film Festival www.together2012.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017filmfestprog.pdf

The National Disability Arts Collection & Archive (NDACA) Project Team is currently bringing to life the heritage and rich history of the Disability Arts Movement. The Disability Arts Movement is a heritage story that began in the late 1970s and still flourishes today. It involves disabled creatives, activists, their allies and disability arts organisations all over the UK, who campaigned and broke barriers to make real change for disabled people www.ndaca.org.uk April 2018 will sees the launch of the new website.

Sending much Love and Solidarity to those living with one or more disabilities, chronic and difficult pathologies and severe health challenges, and as if that was not enough, even often bullied and discriminated for these. Thank you to all those that seemingly tirelessly (no spoon theory ignored here) fight and campaign for justice, for the families/friends/partners/carers that offer real help and support. Life is not always easy, but spirit must be kept high to carry on. Stay strong!

Today, 28 November, is the 260th birthday of William Blake. 
Annual do at Tate Britain, Blake Room starts at 1pm.
Find the new visual poem by Sean Burns "blakean".

Appeal Hearing No Extradition for Lauri Love#NoLove4USGov 
CHANGE OF DATE The hearing will take place on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th November. 
The date has been moved at the request of the court. On Wednesday start times are 10 for the hearing (going to be packed, be early) and 8.30am if you want to be part of the support outside. 

Celebrated London-based spoken word artist Potent Whisper has just released “The Rhyming Guide to Lauri Love”, a brilliant nine minute poetic exposition of the background to Lauri Love’s case and his fight against extradition. The piece takes in social attitudes to hackers, the story of Aaron Swartz and the key issues raised by Lauri’s case.


RECOVERY Assistance Dogs - Annual Gathering 2017
The Exchange Bar, 50 Rutland Street (opposite Curve), Leicester, LE1 1RD
Tuesday 28 Nov 5pm –7pm. Programme RAD ANNUAL REPORT 7pm – 7.30pm SUPPER 7.30pm-8pm COMEDY ROB GEE 8pm-9pm DANCING & SINGING WORKSHOP DMU CHOIR. (See flyer attatched)
recovery4wellbeing@gmail.com www.RECOVERYAssistanceDogs.org.uk


Survivors History Group meeting (please, note new location)
Wed 29 November 1pm - 5pm, Lower Meeting Room, Wesleys Chapel, 49 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AU
This month the group will discuss: 
  • new ways to run the Survivors History Group;  
  • Asylum magazine and the changes in that over the years and how they relate to survivors history; 
  • working with the Friends of Philip Morgan to preserve his legacy of "health through history" and, related to this, survivor responses to deaths and other tragedies - a theme that has been raised by David Kessel and Frank Bangay; 
  • how the Scottish Union of Mental Patients was formed in the locked wards of Hartwoods Hospital, Shotts, Lanarkshire in the early 1970s

Reminder: "joey" - a new play from gobscure
thu 30 nov & fri 1 dec at 7.15pm camden peoples theatre, london 
& zine-make (30 nov 3-6pm). 
you are invited to work in progress - sharing of joey a new play from sean burn
short behind the scenes film at https://vimeo.com/243906881 

"blakean" knackered & in pain got off at wrong wakefield station to hear recording ov blakes jerusalem playing in underpass. charity shop find ov blake book with words underlined & marginalia have been scanned & recut – along with an island & text from guardian newspaper style guide on reporting mental distresses to make these 4 new visual poems (attached)


UNITE: The new magazine aimed at people with disabilities. UNITE is a new magazine aimed at people with disabilities and those parents and carers fighting for the rights of their disabled children.
To claim your first free issue please visit Unite 1 free copy unitemagazine.co.uk/?page_id=133


Speaking truth to power: Speaker - Stephen Pattison. With input from Mirabai Swingler, NELFT mental health chaplain
Wednesday, 6 December 2.00 - 4.30pm Upper Room, 8 Greenland Pl, Camden London NW1 0ND
"In the world but not of it; the challenge to healthcare chaplains to become professionalised and still retain their prophetic role of speaking truth to power". Bookings: https://tinyurl.com/y7ujbfgd  £15 delegate £5 unwaged/student
Email: brian.bingham@spiritualitymentalhealth.org.uk www.spiritualitymentalhealth.org.uk (flyer attatched)


Campaigners protest against Universal Credit outside office of IDS in Chingford, Saturday 2 December
Campaigners from trade unions such as Waltham Forest Trades Council, Unite Community and PCS will gather outside the office of MP Iain Duncan Smith to protest against his role in Universal Credit. Protesters will be joined by members of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) on Saturday, December 2 in Station Road Chingford. The groups will meet at 11.30am and will walk to nearby Chingford Mount at 1pm. www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/15677101.Campaigners_plan_protest_against_Universal_Credit_outside_office_of_IDS/?ref=fbshr


Abolish Universal Credits before it puts majority of the UK in poverty Online Petition
The new Universal Credit replaces JSA, Income Support, ESA, Housing Benefit, Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits. BILLIONS taken from the needy and most vulnerable in society. Universal Credit is about cutting the Social Security bill meaning millions will be worse off. Once fully implemented Universal Credit will mean easier sanctioning forcing people to live off nothing. Housing subsidy will be time limited for some 18-21 year olds forcing more to be homeless. Support for child care drastically cut. Disability elements cut or abolished altogether. Thousands of small businesses will be forced out of business. Some rates are lower than current benefit rates.
Please sign and share the Online Petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200213


Universal Credit – have you had a bad experience? Let Lord Shinkwin know
In last week’s House of Lords debate on Universal Credit, Lord Shinkwin, who is himself Disabled, accused MPs of scaremongering to exaggerate the problems that Universal Credit is causing.
So DPAC is encouraging anyone who has a personal story about how Universal Credit is causing you problems to write to him and let him know. You can write to him at: House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW Or send an email marked for him in the subject line to: contactholmember@parliament.uk Please send copies of your letters and any response you receive to us here at: mail@dpac.uk.net 


ESA claimants owed up to £500 million due to DWP error
Some Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants were underpaid up to a total of £500 million between 2011/12 and 2014/15 due to DWP error, according to the BBC. The BBC understands that assessors wrongly calculated the income of around 75,000 claimants. Mistakes began in 2011 when the Government started moving incapacity benefit claimants onto the new ESA benefit. Continues here https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2017/november/esa-claimants-owed-%C2%A3500-million-due-dwp-error

Find here a template letter if you are a claimant who may be affected and entitled to arrears of ESA, courtesy of Nick Dilworth @Mylegalforum


Benefit assessors ‘must be held accountable’ for report failings, MPs hear
The healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments on behalf of the government should be held accountable for failing to report what they are told accurately, MPs have been told.
Members of the Commons work and pensions select committee were told repeatedly this week that assessors working for the outsourcing giants Atos, Capita and Maximus were producing reports that did not reflect what they had been told by the disabled people they were assessing. Read more:

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