It actually started appropriately outside Downing St where DPAC was with disabled people   protesting with the Housing Emergency  Coalition against the Housing Benefit Cap and social cleansing. Like the biblical story where the Romans called for a census and people have to moved – Joseph had to go to Bethlehem with Mary from Nazareth.

People were gathered there with cardboard boxes and sleeping bags. Inspite of the spitting rain, there was a respectable turnout.

Housing Emergency Coaltion Demo

Housing Emergency Coalition Demo

Boxes

protestor with The right to Shelter is a human right on her box wheelchair user

Disabled and non disabled protestors and Richard Downes, organiser of the BIG CHIEF Campaign for Housing, Independence, Equality & Freedom and Linda Burnip, Maz, Adam Lotun were all there.

When all to be said was said and done, there was concern by the news that we might be not be able to move over to Trafalgar Square because the ‘donkey’ will be a health and safety issue. And we had not asked for clearance. Heritage Wardens were most vociferous we could not have our gathering there. (read Adam’s comments at here)

The ‘donkey’  was duly introduced and there was some hilarity and we ignored the warning and those of us who were disabled continued on to Trafalgar Sq. for well deserved hot drink before the nativity scene planned.

Joseph with the donkey

Joseph with the donkey

Many more people joined us under the Christmas tree including a lone photographer from the BBC, and some other media folks.

Jan Pollock agreed to be the hard hearted inn keeper who refused us – “no room for the inn”  which is inaccessible anyhow and the different boroughs which would be affected by the housing changes.

We exchanged stories, networked and ate mince pies in the rain.

 

videos

(no to homeless cripples)

(The Heritage Warden tries to explain that one can’t protest there.)

More stories can be found at London: Disabled People Against Cuts, “Nativity Play”, Trafalgar Square
http://london.indymedia.org/articles/6720

http://vegeze.blogspot.com/2010/12/day-out-in-london.html

And a couple more reports in the other cities –

Glasgow: Citizens United
http://www.indymediascotland.org/node/22619

Oxford: Uninvisible Rally
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/12/470796.html

More photos at

from DPAC

http://www.flickr.com/photos/disabledpeopleprotest/sets/72157625613006116/

Dec 15th protest events

December 13, 2010

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 15th
The new Housing Emergency Coalition has called a protest outside Downing St on Wednesday December 15th – they want people to take cardboard boxes and sleeping bags and after the Downing St protest disabled people will move to Trafalgar Square

Some people will be meeting at Trafalgar Sq at 12.15 if you wish to meet first.

The Housing Emergency Coalition against the Housing Benefit cap and social cleansing start to demonstrate outside Downing Street at about 12.30. They want people to take sleeping bags and cardboard boxes emblazoned with Housing Emergency on them as props to show the consequences of the coalition’s plans.

alternative donkey created by Frieda Van de Poll

After this disabled people will move on to the Trafalgar Square xmas tree, at about 3, for some nativity themed photo ops. We will be visited by Joseph and Mary and their lovely donkey. (created especially and in the ethos of the occasion).  You are also welcomed to come as angels etc . We will meet them with placards carrying our borough names and turn them away.

All welcomed, singly, in groups, with colleagues, family and friends  for chance to reflect, network and connect for future actions.  Everybody coming to the action loved and greatly adored. (especially in this weather). Free mince pies while they last!

 

An alternative nativity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

copyright Crippen

 

Write to Rich bigchief@groups.facebook.com

More information at their facebook group site

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 15th
The new Housing Emergency Coalition has called a protest outside Downing St on Wednesday December 15th – they want people to take cardboard boxes and sleeping bags and after the Downing St protest disabled people will move to Trafalgar Square

The Housing Emergency Coalition against the Housing Benefit cap and social cleansing start to demonstrate outside Downing Street at about 12.30. They want people to take sleeping bags and cardboard boxes emblazoned with Housing Emergency on them as props to show the consequences of the coalition’s plans.

An alternative nativity

After this disabled people will move on to the Trafalgar Square xmas tree, at about 3, for some nativity themed photo ops. We will be visited by Joseph and Mary and their lovely donkey. We will meet them with placards carrying our borough names and turn them away.

Other ideas greatly appreciated. Offers of help greatly appreciated. Activists coming to the action loved and greatly adored. (especially in this weather).

Write to Rich bigchief@groups.facebook.com

More information at their facebook group site

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 15th
The new Housing Emergency Coalition has called a protest outside Downing St on Wednesday December 15th – they want people to take cardboard boxes and sleeping bags and after the Downing St protest disabled people will move to Trafalgar Square

The Housing Emergency Coalition against the Housing Benefit cap and social cleansing start to demonstrate outside Downing Street at about 12.30. They want people to take sleeping bags and cardboard boxes emblazoned with Housing Emergency on them as props to show the consequences of the coalition’s plans.

After this disabled people will move on to the Trafalgar Square xmas tree, at about 3, for some nativity themed photo ops. We will be visited by Joseph and Mary and their lovely donkey. We will meet them with placards carrying our borough names and turn them away.

Other ideas greatly appreciated. Offers of help greatly appreciated. Activists coming to the action loved and greatly adored. (especially in this weather).

Write to Rich bigchief@groups.facebook.com

More information at their facebook group site