After the effective (and deserved) collapse of the Lib Dems in the local election on the 5th, there’s more good news. Cornwall is hosting two protests over the next week against disability benefit cuts and the coalition’s attacks on the NHS.
Below are the events, which Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance asked me to pass on. Please spread the word about these events – Wednesday’s protest is part of the anti-ATOS week of action, and the vigil/march/picket/street theatre in Truro this Saturday is the first major event from Save Our NHS Cornwall. Two pretty unmissable events in the Cornwall activist timetable!
Week of Action Against ATOS – Truro Protest, Wednesday 11th
If you cannot do that journey, be in the car park near Pydar House at 11.00am. Then we will go to ATOS in Pydar House for our protest. If we have the energy, we will return to Lemon Quay for more leafleting and petitioning.
Please call Chris Gibson on 01872 560483 for more details, or email Mike Smart at firstname.lastname@example.org
What does DPAC stand for?
- full human rights and dignity for disabled people
- opposition to government austerity measures which target the poor while leaving the wealthy unscathed
- we refuse to stay silent against wealthy politicians delivering injustice on ordinary people
- we refuse to accept they can destroy lives because we are sick or disabled
- we will not be scapegoats for the financial mistakes of governments
‘Atos Origin have just begun a £300 million contract by the Government to carry out ‘work capability assessments’ on all of those claiming Incapacity Benefit.
It is claimed assessments are to test what people can do rather than what they can’t. The real purpose is to strip benefits from as many people as possible.
This testing system has already led to people with terminal illnesses and severe medical conditions being declared fit for work and having benefits cut. GP’s are ignored in favour of decisions made by Atos Origin’s computer.
To date around 40% of appeals against Atos Origin’s decisions have been successful.’
Save our NHS Cornwall – Picket, March, Vigil and Street Theatre on May 14th
Our NHS is under threat. Health workers at Treliske face the slashing of their pensions, hundreds of job losses and the Royal Cornwall Health Trust is being forced to ‘save’ £15 million this year. Alongside these local cuts, Lansley’s health reforms will take power from democratic, public hands into those of private consortia.
Because of this people in Cornwall are fighting back. Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance and Save our NHS Cornwall are organising a joint picket of support for staff at Treliske on Saturday May 14th at 12: 30pm, followed by a march into Lemon Quay. This will be followed by a Vigil at 2.00pm – with live street theatre!
Please do all you can to spread the word, and defend our NHS and its workers, and come to these fantastic events on the 14th May.
Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance
On Twitter: @Kernowanticuts