1. Protesting against attacks on disabled people. The Tories are intensifying their assault on disabled people's rights, particularly access to benefits. I will be circulating information about protests and other events in and around London. Please look out for these and encourage members to take part.
Janine performing 'Manifesto from Behind the Mask', a poem about being autistic and trying to fit into society, and about how society might change to make it easier for autistic people to fit in.
This performance was recorded at the launch of the DIRT poetry pamphlet, at the Betsey Trotwood in London, in June 2015.
They're cutting help to those in need -
What case to vote against?
This is a tricky one indeed
I'm staying on the fence
Scrap targets for child poverty?
My mind is wracked with doubt
Perhaps, no - maybe, probably -
I'm sitting this one out
First meeting of the newly-elected Committee - planning the almighty batle we face to defend and extend disabled workers' rights.
As we wage the fight of our lives against Tory government attacks on disabled people, it may seem that discussing “models” of disability is an irrelevance, a distraction, a waste of time.
(The former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, is known as IDS. But what else might it stand for?)
If David Says
"I Demand Savings"
I'll Deliver Some!
I'd Delve through Sewage
Intimate Detailed Search
Identifies Deeper Savagery
I Dutifully Serve
Ignorance Division and Spite
You all must be Beach Body Ready!
Or you surely must wither in shame!
If your body is flawed or unsteady
Then you just have your own self to blame!
No, the beach has no space for relaxing!
It's a place for perfection parades!
You need slimming! And toning! And waxing!
We have products in buckets - and spades!