National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts: UK Round Up
News is coming in of protests and actions around the UK as part of the National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts called for the 24th January.
With a call to focus on the poverty pimps set to make hundreds of millions out of benefit reforms, many groups have chosen to target Atos Origin, the company responsible for the punitive medical testing of disability and sickness benefits.
In London a Party and Picnic has been called in Triton Square near Euston from 2pm. Bring music, drums, whistles, banners, food to share and brighten up the faceless corporate wasteland that is home to poverty pimps Atos Origin Ltd. Beforehand Haringey Claimants Action Group (part of Haringey Sol Group) and Islington Poverty Action Group will be outside the Archway Examination Centre, 1a Elthorne Road, N19 from 11.30am on the 24th.
In Livingston,not far from Edinburgh, protesters will be visiting Atos Origin’s Scotland Office. Visit the facebook page for more info, and be there from 10am. There will also be anti-benefit cuts leafleting outside Atos in Glasgow.
Atos will also be the scene of a protest in Leeds called by local claimants and West Yorkshire Solidarity Federation. Be at 1 Whitehall, Leeds from 10 am then a group will be visiting notorious poverty pimps A4e at noon (Ground Floor Zicon House Wade Lane Leeds LS2 8DD).
Tyneside Claimants Union have called a Protest and Picnic Against Benefit Cuts and Poverty Pimps – 11am Monday 24 January at A4e Newcastle (meet at Manors Metro)
In Birmingham students will be protesting at the The Main Library, The University of Birmingham: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=186109228073886
Even the Shires are revolting with a Protest Against Disability Cuts to be held in Lydney, Gloucestershire. Meet outside the Co-op at 1pm.
A call has gone out for protest in Burnley, meet outside Burnley Town Hall at 12.30.
In Hastings activists will be laying a trail of Red Drops from Hastings to London.
Crawley – Meet 10am, The Boulevard (opposite Marks & Spencers): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181446395220447
Chesterfield – 2:30pm – 5:30pm – Jobcentre Plus and Atos Healthcare
Markham Road / Lordsmill Lane, Chesterfield: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140946612631328
Brighton – Using the 24th to publicise a bigger event against Atos Origin on the 5th Feb: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181302175222578
A few days earlier on the 20th Jan, Cardiff’s Unemployed Daytime Disco returns promising DJs, Live Music, Spoken Word Artistes, bands, light shows & happenings. And of course it’s all free.
Finally taking place everywhere the Second National Troll A Tory Day will take place on the 24th January for all those who can’t attend a protest in person. Tell the bastards what you think.
If you are organising an event in your area that has not been mentioned please get in touch. Either join the national event page and post details on the wall or email: notowelfarecuts (@) yahoo.co.uk