DPAC was formed by a group of disabled people after the 3rd October mass protests against cuts in Birmingham, England. 3rd October saw the first mass protest against the austerity cuts and their impact on disabled people. It was led by disabled people under the name of The Disabled Peoples’ Protest.
DPAC is about disabled people and their allies. Though it is UK based but the organization understands that disabled people in other countries also suffer austerity cuts and a lack of fundamental rights, so they openly welcome all to join them in fighting for justice and human rights for all disabled people around the globe.
What originally started off under the label of The Disabled Peoples’ Protest on the 3rd of October 2010 was later transformed into DPAC- an organization that stands up for the rights of the disabled community. Based in the United Kingdom, Disabled People Against Cuts is a non- hierarchical organization that operates from the Social Model of Disability and believes in equality and full human rights for disabled people. It helps the disabled community and their allies in campaigns against the austerity cuts and their impact on disabled people.
The first mass protest against the impact of government imposing cuts on the lives of disabled people was seen on the 3rd of October 2010. It was arranged outside the Conservative Party annual conference and was exclusively led by disabled people in the pouring rain in Birmingham, England. Afterwards, the leading activists of The Disabled Peoples’ Protest founded the organization Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
The fight of DPAC
DPAC is basically working under the motto of “We demand rights, not charity”. It believes in providing full human rights and equality to the disabled people. Just because someone becomes disabled or sick doesn’t mean that the country has the right to destroy the life of that individual. It stands against the injustices and austerity measures of the government which targets the disabled community.
Since the organization operates from the Social model of disability, it demands full citizenship for all disabled people and is strongly against the cutbacks that hit the disabled people 9 times harder than the non-disabled ones. It opposes the closure of Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Independent Living Fund, the bedroom tax and families bill 2013; because these closures are heavily impacting the disabled people in the UK.
The organization that grew from a small group of people who came together in an anti-cuts march has now membership of more than 2000 formal members. The online campaigns have enabled the DPAC to gather with 15.7k members of the Facebook page and 18.1k followers on Twitter.
A number of civil disobedience actions have also been carried out by the DPAC. All these non-violent, peaceful actions were meant to give the disabled people their basic rights of equality and justice. Some of these include the blockade of Regents Street in London, Blockade of Trafalgar Square and the ‘Eviction’ of Iain Duncan Smith. Reclaim the power was yet another protest camp arranged to emphasize on the need of providing the disabled people with affordable, clean and sustainable energy. DPAC has a firm belief that its struggle is going to be fruitful.