Longer route map

September 30, 2010

Download the map. Click here for map ->longer route , this is a pdf

The main march will then proceed down Lionel Street.

From the end of Lionel Street the march will go under an underpass ( no steeper than normal underpasses) onto Paradise Circus and then across the top of Broad Street where the Tory party conference is being held.

It will then proceed onto Suffolk Street Queensway and down a steep underpass onto Holliday Street and up Gas Street back onto Broad Street at the other end of the conference.

The march will then go onto Broad Street heading away from the conference. It is hoped that there can be a ‘closing’ street rally at this point but the police and council have not yet agreed to this.

The other groups of protestors will also be going to the Walkabout Inn on Broad Street so anyone who wants to can talk to the speakers who have come over from Greece and Portugal. This is fully accessible.

From Chamberlain Square we plan to end up in Weatherspoons in Paradise Forum which is also fully accessible.

Finally anyone travelling by coach will eventually be herded off to Five Ways to board their coaches from 15.30- 17.00 hours.

The main march route is 1.6 miles. The police and council were hoping to get the protest march around it in half an hour.(!!) but this is now timed to take from 1 pm-3pm.

Short accessible route

September 30, 2010

Download the map. Click here for map -> short route , this is a pdf

Alternate more accessible route

We will meet as arranged originally in Chamberlain Square at 11.30 am onwards or for those who feel able or come by coach at Lionel Street car park rally point for 12.

The route available for those  who do not want to take part in the main march will be from Chamberlain Square through Paradise Forum and onto Paradise Circus at the top of Broad Street where we can join the end of the main march for as long as wanted and then return to Chamberlain Square to take part in a die-in.

Anyone who needs to drop out along the route at any point should return to Chamberlain Square for the die-in.

Be aware that the police do not want protestors in Paradise Forum, so mingle and look like Sunday shoppers 🙂 if you are walking through there.

Chamberlain Sq

Chamberlain Sq

I found a very good guide with photos of the pedestrian route from New Street to Paradise Forum – http://visitbirmingham.directenquiries.com/attractionroute.aspx?tab=route&companyid=86721&rid=215&roid=227&level=3

CUTS THAT WILL KILL

September 26, 2010

  • Already growing numbers of disabled people have taken their own lives after cuts to benefits and care packages. Disabled people say no more cuts, no more attacks on us.

  • The Tories have threatened to remove our DLA saying that the number of claimants must be reduced by one-fifth.

  • ESA and work capability assessments have been criticised by CAB, disability charities and Disabled People’s Organisations. The government have now said that from October 2010 they will speed up the re-assessment of everyone currently claiming Incapacity Benefit so that 10,000 claimants a week are ‘processed’

  • These assessments which ignore GP and consultant views are earning Atos healthcare £100 million a year

  • Housing Benefits for all tenants will be reduced. From October 2011 for those 2 million disabled people living in private rented accommodation and from 2013 for anyone living in social housing which is deemed too large for their needs

  • There are 1.8 million households on social housing waiting lists. 1 in 4 disabled people live in properties they cannot get in and out of and are trapped in their homes.

  • Already 30% of disabled people live below the poverty line and 1 in 4 families with disabled children cannot afford heating

  • A tenth of disabled woman have incomes below £31 per week and a tenth of disabled men have incomes below £59 per week including earned income and benefits.

  • Added to that funding from the Independent Living Fund for care and support has now ceased to all new claimants and it is now planned to abolish it completely.

  • Social Services budgets are under extreme pressure and nearly all Social Services departments have been told to reduce their budgets by 25% which has an obvious knock-on effect to their provision of care and the amount people need to pay towards this.

Stop the cuts

September 26, 2010

Stop the cuts

Stop the cuts

  • A disabled Scottish poet and writer who killed himself after receiving 2 letters one saying his Incapacity Benefit had been stopped and another that his Housing Benefit had been stopped
  • A disabled woman fighting for re-housing for over 5 years as well as having her social care cancelled left a suicide note saying “No human or animal should ever have to go through life as I did.”
  • attempted suicide by ex-school caretaker who had brain tumour and was unable to sleep, had weakness down one side of his body and was having fits. His GP deemed him unfit to work but the 15 minute Atos medical declared him fit for work. This would have led to his benefits being cut by over £60 per week.
  • An epileptic man in Manchester whose tax credits were stopped and he was left reliant on food hand outs from his local church to feed his family
  • what one disabled woman says about the cuts  “I could go on and on, about the misery it would cause, to remove DLA. It would lead to a slow death painful death. Worth adding here, I have spoken to many in my situation, who are discussing mass suicide, rather than suffer more health miseries, for which there are no cures! They are not depressed, but just pragmatic about the fate that awaits all of us.”

If you want to help us stop these cuts that will kill contact:

linda_burnip@yahoo.co.uk or tina_hogg@yahoo.co.uk

David, how come you keep your hands so clean?!

David, how come you keep your hands so clean?!

Sunday, October 3rd

Birmingham

Meeting points- various

Meet up around 11.30 am at Chamberlain Square

Main Rally starts at Lionel Street car park ( A on map)from 12 – 1 p.m. This is where the main speakers will be.

Anyone who finds this too far should go to Chamberlain Square ( B on map) from 11.30 am onwards. We will probably be leaving there to meet up with the rest of the march around 1.15 pm. People can either just go to top of Broad Street and back or join onto the end of the main march for as long as they want to then return to Chamberlain Square. ( maps of both routes attached)

As you may know West Midlands police originally agreed that the march could go down Broad Street right past the conference but then Tory controlled Birmingham City Council refused to allow this. Following a further 2 lengthy meetings with the police and Birmingham City Council last week we are, we think, we hope now in a position to give you all the final details of the forthcoming rally and march to protest against

CUTS THAT WILL KILL

We are still very unhappy with the only main rallying point other than one outside of the centre altogether, that the police and Birmingham City Council would agree to although they have also agreed to disabled people having a second rallying point as well.

The Coach drop off point will now be Constitution Hill and the rally will be held at Lionel Street car park, off Great Charlotte Street Queensway. –   Time 12- 1 p.m.

The main march will then proceed down Lionel Street.

From the end of Lionel Street the march will go under an underpass ( no steeper than normal underpasses) onto Paradise Circus and then across the top of Broad Street where the Tory party conference is being held.

It will then proceed onto Suffolk Street Queensway and down a steep underpass onto Holliday Street and up Gas Street back onto Broad Street at the other end of the conference.

The march will then go onto Broad Street heading away from the conference. It is hoped that there can be a ‘closing’ street rally at this point but the police and council have not yet agreed to this.

The other groups of protestors will also be going to the Walkabout Inn on Broad Street so anyone who wants to can talk to the speakers who have come over from Greece and Portugal. This is fully accessible.

From Chamberlain Square we plan to end up in Weatherspoons in Paradise Forum which is also fully accessible.

Finally anyone travelling by coach will eventually be herded off to Five Ways to board their coaches from 15.30- 17.00 hours.

The main march route is 1.6 miles. The police and council were hoping to get the protest march around it in half an hour.(!!) but this is now timed to take from 1 pm-3pm.

Alternate more accessible route

We will meet as arranged originally in Chamberlain Square at 11.30 am onwards or for those who feel able or come by coach at Lionel Street car park rally point for 12.

The route available for those  who do not want to take part in the main march will be from Chamberlain Square through Paradise Forum and onto Paradise Circus at the top of Broad Street where we can join the end of the main march for as long as wanted and then return to Chamberlain Square to take part in a die-in.

Anyone who needs to drop out along the route at any point should return to Chamberlain Square for the die-in.
The ICC where conference will be


–  surrounded by steel fences and during the march Broad Street will

–  have 3 sets of barriers at both ends of the part that is being used for conference, a vehicle barrier, steel plate barrier and police officer barrier. However there will still be at police discretion pedestrian access into this part of Broad Street and Centenary Square.

(Anyone would think they were scared of us )
Die-in Chamberlain Square

We would like to try to keep the die-in in Chamberlain Square going for as long as possible and think this fits in with what the police have described a static protest. It is hard to say exactly when this will finish as that to some extent will depend on timings of main march but we will aim to end it by 4 p.m. at the latest.

The march itself
It has been agreed that disabled people can lead the march and also that we will be at the end as well. Although this will split us as a group for a while leading the march should allow us to get high profile publicity for our particular grievances and being at the end means people can join the end of the march from a much shorter route directly from Chamberlain Square and that there will not be any problems if anyone needs to drop out and return to Chamberlain Square due to fatigue or limited mobility.

Update on accessible parking and loos ( maps attached)

There will be no parking available in Lionel Street car park, or Cambridge Street and Brindley Drive car parks.

No on street parking in Lionel Street.

As far as we know all other parking will be available.

Loos

There will be no access to any loos in ICC or NIA or Repertory Theatre. There is a further but small accessible loo in Starbucks on New Street, in the left corner at the back.

The main protest organisers had planned to provide a an accessible mini-bus to help to get people back from Broad Street to stations but would like to apologise as they may not now have any money to do this since Birmingham City Council keep demanding more and more money from them for things like closing off the parking bays all weekend.

What we need

15-20 people with mixed impairments to head the march- if anyone is willing to do this please let me know.

ONLY DISABLED PEOPLE AND PAs FOR THIS PLEASE

linda_burnip@yahoo.co.uk ( underscore between Linda and Burnip)

0771 492 7533          0771 492 7533     or 01926 842253

A megaphone or portable, non-electric microphone ( ie one that doesn’t need mains electric)

If you want to please bring

Striped pyjamas

A black triangle badge

Placards – saying what you want but some suggestions are

CUTS KILL

LIFE NOT DEATH

RIGHTS NOT CHARITY
HANDS OFF DISABLED PEOPLE

Banners

Fake blood

What we will have available

Black triangles

Placards ( limited quantity)

Banners ( limited quantity)

Fake blood

We will have these available at both Lionel Street car park and in Chamberlain Square to be collected.

I am pleased to say the Chief Inspector of West Midlands Police is very keen to make sure that we are facilitated to protest following a large number of complaints he had received from our DPOs.

Telephone numbers for the day

Eleanor – 0773 7480378

Linda   – 0771 492 7533

Debbie – 07946 140765

Tina     – 07814 775960

Before you  leave

If you are taking part in this protest and we do not already have your contact details please leave these with us for any future events or email/ phone them to us afterwards

We would like to ask Mike Whitby, Tory leader of Birmingham City Council why they were willing to pay £80,000 for the Pope’s vist to Birmingham but will not forgo charging organisers ( Right to Work) £2,500 to suspend the parking bays along the route.

Leader of Birmingham City Council – Mike Whitby mike.whitby@birmingham.gov.uk

Copy to Albert Bore, Labour leader – albert.bore@birmingham.gov.uk

An example here for you to copy and paste and send from your email account –

To Birmingham City Council

Dear Mr Whitby,

We would like to ask if you could waive fee for the organisers ( Right to Work) £2,500 to suspend the parking bays along the protest route to the Tory National Conference at the ICC .

We understand that £80,000 was used for the Pope’s visit to Birmingham – congratulations for a successful visit but £2500 is not much compared to that sum – especially when the organisers, including disabled people, cannot afford that.

best wishes,

your name

your email

Invisible?

September 21, 2010

Invisible?