People’s Agenda profile 23: Disabled People Against Cuts

DPAC have spent years campaigning for justice and independent living rights for all disabled people, they explain in this twenty-third People's Agenda profile

May 7, 2015 · 2 min read

DPAC peoples agenda ‘We will not tolerate further erosion of our living conditions or our human rights, nor will we sit quietly while politicians try to take our rights away.’

DPAC fights for justice, human rights and independent living for all disabled people. We regularly take direct action on the streets- from road blocks to occupying Westminster Abbey- with more exciting actions coming soon. We will not tolerate further erosion of our living conditions or our human rights, nor will we sit quietly while politicians try to take our rights away.

We wish the political parties would commit to improving protection of disabled people’s human rights to live independently in the community, to no longer be subjected to a punishing regime of assessment for disability benefits and for an end to disabled people being forced to live in fear on a daily basis as a result of the austerity measures they are subjected to.They support greater rights for animals yet deny them to us.

Disabled people must have a legal right to live in the community with adequate support to allow them to take part in society on an equal basis to non-disabled people, we must be free from the tyranny of a system that has pushed thousands of us to death and suicide and we must live in a society where we are safe to walk down any street without facing the threat of hate crime and abuse.

To find out more: Disabled People Against Cuts facebook

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