Nov 162013
 

MAD PRIDE
Billy Blake’s Birthday Bash

THURSDAY 28th NOVEMBER
8 until 11pm
Admission FREE

The Ivy House
40 Stuart Road
Nunhead, London SE15 3BE

The Ivy House has bus stops for 484 and 343 nearby.
Nearest Stations are Nunhead and Brockley which is well-served by trains from Highbury and Islington, Dalston Junction and London Bridge.


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Aug 242013
 

Join us for a day of creativity, fun and disability pride.

Tottenham Chances, 399 High Road, London, N17 6QN

Exhibition: 12 – 7pm: A range of grassroots disabled people’s work  exploring disability and protest

 Banner  making workshop: 1-3.30pm: come together for a fun afternoon  of banner and placard making for the Freedom Drive on 4th September

Sharing of Work: 4 – 6 pm: disabled performers and writers will put on a range of work exploring  disability and activism. With spoken word performance from Ju Gosling, scenes from Kate Cryer’s new play ‘Unspoken’, poetry, songs and open mic, prepare for a powerful afternoon.

Fundraising gig: 7.30pm till late: Madpride compere Jason Why introduces an all star line up with films from Katherine Araniello, comedian Laurence Clark, singer/songwriterAngryfish, live performance of the DPAC Anti Atos anthem ‘Condem Love’ by Kevin Robins and headlining will be Rockinpaddy.

  

The venue has its own carpark and has wheelchair access. BSL will be provided for the workshop and sharing of work.

             

For access requests please contact:   ellenrclifford@btinternet.com.

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Aug 212013
 

7.30pm til late

Saturday 31st August

Tottenham Chances, 399 High Road, Tottenham, N7  6QN

Madpride compere Jason Why introduces an all star line up with films from Katherine Araniello, comedian Laurence Clark, singer/songwriter Angryfish, live performance of the DPAC Anti Atos anthem ‘Condem Love’ by Kevin Robins and headlining will be Rockinpaddy.

Tickets on the door (£2 unwaged, £5 waged and £10 solidarity) but please RSVP to say if you are coming: ellenrclifford@btinternet.com

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Aug 272011
 

Cameron is handing over sacks of money to a frenchman wearing a black beret and with a string of onions arounds his neck. On the wall behind the frenchman is a large sign that says ‘Atos’. Cameron is saying: “So to speed up the process, we’ll get you to do the appeals as well!”

From Crippens blog

Apr 272011
 
Crippen’s ‘eat cake’ cartoon

Crippen’s ‘eat cake’ cartoon

On the auspicious day of the royal wedding many disabled people will be eating a few crumbs of cake if they can find them. As many of us cannot afford television sets we may try and view this great occasion by trying to look through someone else’s window. This is quite dangerous as we can be arrested but as many of us lost our homes it’s our only hope–and it’s worth it-disabled people love these national events, although we cannot help noticing that such events often seem to occur when our glorious country is in the grip of protests, riots, the destruction of what we used to call the welfare state and cuts to public spending. In fact, the ‘cuts’ to public services total 81 billion pounds with an additional 18 billion pounds taken from disabled peoples support.

Now originally, the welfare state was set up to support: the sick, the elderly, ‘the disabled’, children, families on low incomes and those who cannot find jobs because of spending cuts and job decimation (who are also having their support and resources taken away) but what does that matter when we have: a wedding!

New directions for the Welfare State

The welfare state came from another big event that was called the Second World War. Yes, our ancestors gave their lives, were injured and often disabled for their country, for justice and freedom for all. The Labour government of the day (Labour were quite good then) said “let’s have something that supports people: from the cradle to the grave’’. The ordinary people are worth it. We all paid a thing called national insurance, which we still pay but now it’s used to support our bankers. We built new roads, new schools, new hospitals, better housing and the life expectancy of ordinary people increased.  At that time the relative deficit for England was much higher than it is today. Yet where there is a will there is a way, and speaking of Will or William to give him his nearly full title let’s move onto the subject of the royal nuptials and what exactly the welfare state pays for today.

Today in the advanced 21st century, the kind of arrangement that the welfare state provided for ordinary poor people is maintained for our royal family –all of the royals can expect to be supported by the tax payer from the ‘cradle to the grave’ which is truly wonderful. The notion of helping the poorest in society has moved dramatically to the notion of helping the wealthiest, this scenario also includes the bankers and city types, those who give large donations to the Tory party (of whom 22 are multi-millionaires) donator’s can also expect some form of helpful support, multi-million pound contracts or other stuff connected with undermining democracy and the so-called free market-they can also find ways to avoid paying their taxes.

The queen of England – isn’t she wonderful by the way- has an estimated fortune of £349 million. The royal cleaners are generously paid £6.45 an hour which is below the recommended wage for working in London, but they are lucky to be working for our queen aren’t they so what does it matter? The queen’s fortune consists of jewels and sparkle type things, a number of properties in England and Scotland, and a very fine stamp collection, apparently.

However, someone once told me that we: the nation, actually own all these things- that can’t be right can it? If it is, it is puzzling to me why we as a nation in the grip of deficit, facing cut backs and unable to support the sick, the elderly, ‘the disabled’, children, families on low incomes, and those who cannot find jobs because of spending cuts and job decimation: surely we just need to sell a few sparkle type things and all will be fine.  I also heard that our politicians say we have actually maxed out on our combined national credit card (?)- I don’t remember this, so it must have been a good time. Anyway this is the reason that we can’t pay for that thing the welfare state for poor people anymore.

This makes it all the more puzzling that it is us not the royal queen, who is in the international richest person’s list but whose sparkle type things and wealth we all own are paying for the royal wedding through our taxes despite having maxed out our credit card. So what will this glorious occasion –the wedding-cost?

Cost of Royal Wedding

An estimated breakdown from money saving blog breaks down the cost as follows:

Security- an estimated 20 million

Venue-cost of a prestige venue is anyone’s guess  with Charles and Camilla’s wedding bash costing 5 million and being a low key affair , we can safely say that this one will cost rather more.

Reception-estimated at 10 million

Dress- an estimated 25 million

Apparently Walmart/ ASDA have produced a helpful guide for non-royals which breaks down wedding costs to just £696.77 but with Walmart/ASDA rings at £64 as opposed to an estimated 32 million for those royal ones-guess we just got another credit card or something as this totals 87 million! It may be that this new form of welfare is more expensive than the ‘old’ type. Maybe we should tell someone, nobody seems to have noticed.

Cake Crumbs and Caviar

Disabled people hope to be feasting on cake crumbs on this glorious day. That is those of us that can survive long term without food and housing because due to this deficit/maxing out on the national credit card no one will get any help from the ‘welfare state for poor people’ anymore for such extravagant items.

Finally, let me say it is very difficult to become a royal if you are not born royal, but one way is to marry a royal and benefit from the welfare from the cradle to the grave.

This will support Kate if she gets sick, elderly, disabled, and will support her children to have the best private education, Kate does not even need to go and look for a job in the era of rising unemployment because her job will be wandering around exotic countries representing us: the nation. So we want to say well done Kate you’re supported for life as long as one of those great private companies doesn’t reinvent the guillotine that is. But why on earth would we want a revolution?

—–Debbie Jolly

Debbie Jolly

Debbie Jolly

Mar 102011
 

Description of cartoon: David Cameron is in a tank with the words ‘big society’ printed on the side. He is wearing a helmet and a camouflage top. There are also half a dozen wheelchair emblems painted on, as though they were confirmed hits. Under the tracks of the tank are various signs that have been crushed and broken. They include signs that read ‘United Nations disability rights convention’, ‘human rights’, ‘independent living fund’ and ‘article 19’. There is also a newspaper laying on the ground called the Tory news. This has printed on its front page ‘ Cameron condemns those ruthless dictators who have no regard for human rights!’. In front of the tank is a young wheelchair user. She is blocking its progress and is also glaring up at Cameron. Cameron has a surprised look on his face as the tank gun visibly wilts!

Read more about this cartoon on Crippen’s blog at – http://crippencartoons.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/our-voices-being-heard/

Mar 092011
 

'Rights ... but only if they benefit charities too!'

Description: Two groups of disabled people are protesting alongside of each other. One group is identified as members of the United Kingdom Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC) by the logo on their tops. The other group members have various logos displayed including DAN and crips against cuts. This group are carrying a large placard that reads ‘Rights not charity’. The UKDPC members are holding a sign that reads ‘Rights … but only if they benefit charities too!’

Dave Lupton

aka Crippen – Disabled cartoonist

Anyone wishing to use any of my existing cartoons for their own web sites or publications are asked to make a donation to support the Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) web site. Please make your payment by sending a cheque to Dave Lupton, 17 Cawsam Gardens, Caversham, Reading RG4 5JE and marked on the back DPAC – the amount you pay is discretionary. Thanks for your support.

Crippen’s web site – http://www.crippencartoons.co.uk

Crippen’s cartoon blog – http://crippencartoons.wordpress.com

Mar 072011
 

Big Society beg society

Description: A lot of wealthy looking people are on top of an ivory tower, drinking and laughing together. There’s also large bags of money up there with them. On the wall of the tower is the sign ‘Big Society’. At the foot of the tower is a group of disabled people. They are looking up to the people on the top of the tower and have a large
sign that reads ‘Beg Society’

Dave Lupton

aka Crippen – Disabled cartoonist

Anyone wishing to use any of my existing cartoons for their own web sites or publications are asked to make a donation to support the Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) web site. Please make your payment by sending a cheque to Dave Lupton, 17 Cawsam Gardens, Caversham, Reading RG4 5JE and marked on the back DPAC – the amount you pay is discretionary. Thanks for your support.

Crippen’s web site – http://www.crippencartoons.co.uk

Crippen’s cartoon blog – http://crippencartoons.wordpress.com

Mar 062011
 

cartoon by crippen

Description: Three disabled people are up to their shoulders in shit. One of them is reading a newspaper that says ‘Cameron says we all in this together!’. One of the disabled people is saying:”I suppose some of us are deeper in it than others?!”

Dave Lupton

aka Crippen – Disabled cartoonist

Anyone wishing to use any of my existing cartoons for their own web sites or publications are asked to make a donation to support the Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) web site. Please make your payment by sending a cheque to Dave Lupton, 17 Cawsam Gardens, Caversham, Reading RG4 5JE and marked on the back DPAC – the amount you pay is discretionary. Thanks for your support.

Crippen’s web site – http://www.crippencartoons.co.uk

Crippen’s cartoon blog – http://crippencartoons.wordpress.com

Mar 042011
 

Cameron with no clothes


Description
: David Cameron is standing under a sign that reads ‘Big society fashion show’. He is accompanied by two Tory MPs who are wearing their traditional blue suits. Cameron is stark naked but is holding a box in his hand that has ‘Big society clothing’ printed on the lid and which covers his genitals. A little boy, holding his mother’s hand is laughing and pointing at Cameron whilst saying: “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”

Anyone wishing to use any of my existing cartoons for their own web sites or publications are asked to make a donation to support the Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)web site. Please make your payment by sending a cheque to Dave Lupton, 17 Cawsam Gardens, Caversham, Reading RG4 5JE and marked on the back DPACthe amount you pay is discretionary. Thanks for your support.

Crippen’s web site – http://www.crippencartoons.co.uk

Crippen’s cartoon blog – http://crippencartoons.wordpress.com

Feb 282011
 

Description: Two disabled people in a small dingy are confronting a large super tanker with TUC written on it’s bows. The dingy has ‘disabled people against cuts’ printed on it’s side and there is a large sign above it saying ‘cuts protest’ and an arrow pointing to the side. Another sign is floating in the sea alongside with the same message. The super tanker is slowly beginning to turn in the direction of the protests as the captain shouts out from the far distant bridge: “Sorry, it just takes us a while to change direction!”

Anyone wishing to use any of my existing cartoons for their own web sites or publications are asked to make a donation to support the Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)web site.Please make your payment by sending a cheque to Dave Lupton, 17 Cawsam Gardens, Caversham, Reading RG4 5JE and marked on the back DPACthe amount you pay is discretionary. Thanks for your support.


Crippen’s web site –
http://www.crippencartoons.co.uk

Crippen’s cartoon blog – http://crippencartoons.wordpress.com

Feb 162011
 

Man in bed reading bookDescription: David Cameron is sitting up in bed, partially lit by a candle on a bedside cabinet. He is wearing blue striped pyjamas and his bedding is also blue. In his hands is a copy of the book ‘Brave new world’ by Aldous Huxley. He is thinking: “That’s the answer – we just clone more Tories!”

Visit Crippen’s latest blog where he attempts to penetrate the fog surrounding Cameron’s big society … you can also leave a comment

http://crippencartoons.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/the-big-society/

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