Our March: A Photo Essay
Our Access to Work march on Saturday 26th September was wonderful, with 1,000 people marching from Parliament Square to Downing Street via the Department of Work and Pensions, with a clear message: STOP MAKING CHANGES TO ACCESS TO WORK.
After dropping off a copy of our petition (signed by 20,000 people at that point) at Downing Street, we held a rousing rally at Richmond Terrace, where emphasis was put on working together and paving the way for today’s deaf and disabled children’s futures.
Here are some photos from the day – each one is captioned – thanks to Paula Peters and others:
#LetUsWork banner: getting ready to march…
Marchers lining up outside Parliament.
Stop the Cuts banner (with Claire Hill, our fab stenographer)!
…And we were off! Marching around Parliament Square:
Outside the DWP (to chants of “Shame! Shame! Shame!”):
Marching down Whitehall with a rather magnificent BSL banner…
Arriving for the rally…
Stop Changes to AtW members handing over our petition at 10 Downing Street!
Rally: Our MC, John Walker, introducing Sean McGovern (TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee Co-Chair/Unite the Union)
Some of our interpreters and stenographer in full flow!
Jane Aitchinson (Unite the Resistance)
Jeff McWhinney addressing the crowd!
Tracey Lazard (Inclusion London)
Dawn Marshall (Becoming Visible)
Ray Johnson (People First)
Jen Smith (NUBSLI)
Jane Cordell (Result CIC)
Roger Lewis (DPAC)
Jenny Sealey (Stop Changes)
Ellen Clifford (Stop Changes)
… and the amazing crowd!
We wholeheartedly thank everyone who came and made the day such a success.
Our favourite links:
Our favourite links about our amazing march! (if you know of more, please tell us!):
Friday’s Disability News Service: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/marchers-to-warn-pm-that-access-to-work-cap-will-discriminate/
Photos on Demotix by Peter Marshall: http://www.demotix.com/news/8659800/deaf-and-disabled-march-retain-their-access-work#media-8659780
Photos on Demotix by Philip Robins: http://www.demotix.com/news/8656063/deaf-and-disabled-london-protest-access-work-funding-cuts#media-8655746
Finnish Deaf news! http://areena.yle.fi/1-3049395 (English translation below)
On 26 September in London deaf people gathered to protest because the government planned cuts in working interpretation funding. If the work interpretation is reduced, the deaf are afraid that the work interpretation shall be reduced, this will lead to the loss of existing jobs and have trouble finding work. The British Deaf community also collected more than 20 thousand names changes to oppose the changes.
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