Julia Cameron’s account
March 29, 2011
I was really pleased to be able to do part of the march – it’s often the case with me that I don’t know if I can do something til the day itself, and so it was on this occasion. I decided not to try and travel with anyone else as sometimes trying to fit in with other people’s schedules is more exhausting than just going at my own pace. So I went to Green Park by tube, hoping to meet up with my ‘gang’, Islington Deaf and Disabled People Against Cuts. But when I got there my first priority was to get fueled up, plus there was the always essential loo requirement to be met. So I went in a cafe and had a good dose of tea and chocolate to prepare for the exertion ahead.
Probably as a result of that interlude I completely missed my disabled buddies. In addition it’s so hopeless trying to phone anyone, or hear your phone, on a demo – I have plenty of demo experience and should know that by now! I also missed the main DPAC group. But luckily was then able to meet up with a (non-disabled) friend and her friends and do the march with them.
The walk to Hyde Park was good and uplifting – such a sense of solidarity and so many great banners. I’ve attached a pic of my home-made effort. I would have loved to have been able to walk up through the park to hear the speeches but by that time energy was beginning to fade and I wanted to make sure I got home without a later collapse. So sat with my friend on a bench near Hyde Park Corner for a while and enjoyed watching everyone go by. Got home in reasonable time via Hyde Park tube and went straight to bed.
My two niggles, disability-wise, would be that certainly by the time the march reached Green Park there was no obvious sign of any big disabled bloc at the front. Also that it wasn’t easy to find out about the static protest in advance. I thought about going straight to the park and joining this, but looking at the website found you had to have registered yourself by 18th March, filling in a great long form about car parking, totally irrelevant to me. It would have helped to have had a map of the park showing the site of the protest, so people who weren’t going by car could just go straight to it. I don’t even know if there was a static protest, and would be interested to hear whether it happened and how it went.