HANDS OFF OUR WELFARE BENEFITS!
A meeting was called to discuss and plan Direct Action in Hackney, East London on July 24th 2010.
We oppose the ConDem government's attach on welfare benefits for those labelled "mentally ill" or otherwise "disabled".
The "emergency budget" presented on 22nd June by ConDem chancellor of the exchequer and Eton old boy George Osborne announced savage cuts to welfare benefits for those labelled disabled. He wants 360,000 people to be kicked off of Disability Living Allowance by 2013.
Osborne, Cameron, Clegg, Welfare and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and their mates are already attempting to soften up public opinion for further attacks in their October budget, cutting disability benefits for those they intend to deem fit to do a bit of work even though the governments policies are designed to push up unemployment, to increase the reserve labour force and thereby cut wages and increase the capitalists profits. The Condems' wealthy mates wont even be touched even though they caused the current economic crisis in the first placed.
We do not wish to be alarmist. We are aware that the stress caused by the governments measures will increase the rate of suicides and mental distress. However, we wish to stress that IF WE WORK TOGETHER AND HELP EACH OTHER INDIVIDUALLY AND IN GROUPS, we will survive.
The July 2010 meeting was called with a blank slate, to plan DIRECT ACTION. We are aware that the date of the next budget will present a flashpoint, but we would like to share and swap ideas before planning anything concrete.
6,000 stickers were launched at the meeting, with three different slogans:
BANKERS! HANDS OFF OUR WELFARE BENEFITS!
STOP THE SUICIDES HANDS OFF OUR BENEFITS!
BACK TO WORK? NO CHANCE! HANDS OFF OUR BENEFITS!
Mad Pride is now an international, loosely-connected network of cells devoted to promoting the civil liberties, social status and creative talents of people labelled mentally ill. It was originally formed by a small group of people in London, whose heyday was from 1999 to 2003. Pogo's Café in Hackney, East London where the meeting was held is an autonomous, non-hierarchical, 100% vegan space run completely by volunteers.