Disability: if you can't march, you can still lobby

The difficulties negotiated and the sacrifices made by many disabled and ill people in getting to London to join the Hardest Hit march against government cuts has been inspiring.

But there are many people, both disabled and able-bodied, who, for a variety of reasons are unable to be there. Up in Edinburgh and with other appointments and tasks, I am one of them.

However, it is still possible to join in and make your voice heard, by:

* E-mailing your MP and the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, telling them why the cuts must be stopped. http://e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=22&ea.c...

* Protesting online. By sharing stories, photos and videos to show how cuts will negatively affect you, your family or your neighbours and friends. http://thehardesthit.wordpress.com/protest-online/

Talking of voices being heard: although Ekklesia is today (11 May 2011) launching the research essay 'Betraying disabled people and welfare' (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/14675), by Karen McAndrew, we will not be doing interviews ourselves. That's because it isn't about us (I write as an able-bodied person) but about the voices and lives of disabled and sick people who are being ignored. So we will be directing media to Broken of Britain (http://thebrokenofbritain.blogspot.com/), among others, for any comment they may wish to make.

Author Karen McAndrew, by the way, lives personally with issues of illness and disability, and is researching and campaigning against the policies and cuts that inflict damage on human communities. She is at her hospital this afternoon.

Read the full research article here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/14675

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© Simon Barrow is co-director of Ekklesia.

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