SWAN has this week been informed of the Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) week of coordinated action at the end of August, ‘Reclaiming our futures’. SWAN London plan to support the week and stand in solidarity as social workers and service users with our disabled colleagues and comrades who are under a sustained, viscious attack by the Coalition Government and in the media, as the calendar spins back decades in terms of services and rights. DPAC and other Disabled People’s groups have been working on a draft manifesto of the same name as the week of action, to address these developments and fight for an alternative. SWAN will support this, of course, and embed it in our own plans for a social work charter to address concurrent attacks on social work – more on this to follow in coming weeks. Below is the call out DPAC have issued. Please share this widely and get involved!:
Our rights are being stripped away day by day by the neo-liberal policies being imposed on us all by the Condems leaving us without any hope for our futures or our children’s futures.
DPAC say this is not fair, not acceptable and we must fight back against the continuing attacks. We will be having a week of actions nationally and virtually from August 29th and culminating on September 4th with mass events and actions in London.