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Crippen and the call for grassroots activism

Speaking at the online launch of a new book by a disabled activist, Ellen Clifford, Professor Colin Barnes, one of the most significant figures in the development of the social model of disability, said that disabled people had faced a decade of oppression over the last decade and ...

Boris Johnson is down a mine holding up a cage with a small disabled figure in it. He is wearing a miner’s helmet. Around his feet is a gassy mist identified as Covid 19. He is saying: “I knew they’d come in useful for something!”

Crippen asks: “are we just disposable members of society?!”

Having completely ignored us during this pandemic, Boris and his cronies continue to put the lives of disabled people at risk as he recklessly throws aside those few safety measures that remain. Once again, we have to look out for ourselves, as this shambles of a government certainly aren’t ...

A black and white image of the text from a poem, exploding out of a mans head

The Challenge; Words Are Flowing Out

The Highgate Society Poetry Group challenge for February 2019 is to take the opening line of a favourite song and build a poem around it. I plump for Across the Universe as the giver of the harbinger guide line; ‘Words are flowing out’, and I empty my head of thoughts ...

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Crippen asks you to remember those disabled people who died before the pandemic

Just prior to the virus taking a hold within the UK, John Pring, disabled journalist had written a detailed, yet harrowing account of the disabled people who died during or following a DWP benefits assessment. This article, entitled ‘DWP – the case for the prosecution’ provided detailed information about some ...

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Crippen looks at a new alliance to scrap universal credit

Remember the Poll Tax protests in the early 1990’s? Well, at an online meeting of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) disabled activists have called for opponents of universal credit (UC) across the country to help mirror that campaign and join a new national alliance that is demanding ...

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Crippen’s feeling worried about a second pandemic wave

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we’ve seen the back of this pandemic. Disability Arts Online · Crippen’s feeling worried about ...

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on drowning street erasing the d-word (disability) under covid19

recently received a northern broadsides digital squad commission - the 3 mazer films have now gone live alongside interviews. mazer are about multiple things - including how since covid19 drowning street declared eugenics and also disappeared the d-word (disability) so ...

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Crippen discovers that a Covid 19 report on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people has gone missing!

The British Medical Association (BMA) has demanded an explanation from the government following reports that pages containing recommendations to protect Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, including disabled people, were removed from last week’s Covid-19 disparity report. In a letter sent to health secretary Matt Hancock, shared exclusively with ...

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Crippen supports the UK Disability Arts Alliance ‘We Shall Not Be Removed’ who are responding to the current crisis

An alliance of disabled people working across the UK creative industries have come together to campaign for an inclusive cultural recovery following the Covid 19 pandemic. Called ‘We shall not be removed’, this is an emergency response led by disabled people for disabled ...

The Privilege of Violence

Violence, we don't really talk about it, which ones we support, which ones we don't. The toppling of the Edward Colston statue has upset some people, they cite the money he gave to Bristol and minimise the murders of his slave trading. Why not have a statue of Ian Brady, ...