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Crippen looks at compensation being paid to ALL detainees / 16 November 2010

UK citizens who were detained illegally at the US run Guantanamo prison in Cuba are to be paid millions of pounds compensation by the British Government.

And quite right to. Innocent people being locked away in an inhospitable place, away from their families and friends and all because they appear different to the rest of society should be compensated.

For someone to be denied their place in society and to be incarcerated in a place not of their own choosing must be a terrible experience to undergo. Imagine being treated as though you were not safe enough to be let out into mainstream society. Imagine having your right to a decent education, to travel where you want and socialise where you want taken away from you. Being kept segregated from family and friends and having your Civil Rights abused in more ways than we could imagine.

Thousands of Disabled people are being detained in this country under these very conditions. With no accessible alternative housing being made available to them, other than the care homes they currently reside in. Run and controlled by charities, many of these places are no further forward in their thinking than the work houses of the last century.

Unless we fight for the rights of our Disabled brothers and sisters who are being detained in this way, we are as bad as those who lock people up and throw away the key.

'Free Our People' (and a bit of compensation for them wouldn't go amiss either!)

For more information you can contact the Direct Action Network (DAN) by clicking on this link.

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Comments

Penny Ledger

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4 December 2010

The comparison with imprisonment will be even more apt when DLA mobility allowance is taken away from people in residential care, including those who have motability contracts for cars and wheelchairs.

See RADAR, Leonard Cheshire and MENCAP websites for details of campaign against this- they need evidence from people affected as well as support.

George

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21 November 2010

To late for me, 12 years incarceration in a Spastic society 'School' (Jumpsuits optional). Enforced 'Corrective' surgery which has buggered me now I'm older so I definitely cant walk ... I'll take the cash please!

Selina

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20 November 2010

FREE OUR PEOPLE!

Phil Atherton

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20 November 2010

FREE OUR PEOPLE!

Casdok

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20 November 2010

Free our People

Robert

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20 November 2010

Well of course i agree with the rest, but Blue badges tighter rules need to be brought in for these so disabled people get the badge and not just because your 60 or 65, as is the case around me.

Blue badges in my area has become an elderly parking pass.

BendyGirl

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20 November 2010

FREE OUR PEOPLE!

richard downes

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20 November 2010

free our people

free our people

free our people now

the chant i'll forever associate with dan's independent living campaign. close the institutions open up our houses

and on that fans of crippen may like to know about the big chief facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_179857192028023&ap=1 - which sees the disabled peoples movement right at the start of taking housing issues to the next level

Jackie

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20 November 2010

FREE OUR PEOPLE!

joe kelly

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19 November 2010

Hi Dave

I'm impressed by your prolific output.

I'm using this link because you left me

a message on Facebook offering to put a toon to my blog. Thank you Dave thats an excellent idea. I'm working on several ideas. Maybe I could send you my next blog with a view to creating an approapriate toon to illustrate the writing. I've been visiting The Hearing Voices Network Congress in Sherwood Forest

Nottingham. Visiting F.E.E.L [ Friends of east end loonies] at Whitechapel also visiting Bowhaven a User Survivor DayCentre in Bow and Troubleshooting at our recent UIS { User Involvement Service ] in Ealing.

Greetings to you

Joe

Crippen

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19 November 2010

Great responses you guys ... FREE OUR PEOPLE!

pink pjs

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19 November 2010

FREE OUR PEOPLE!

Not forgetting those who are generally the victims of abuse who lose their freedom unjustly being locked in psychiatric institutions where they are forcibly given dangerous drugs and are treated like criminals and frequently abused even though they have committed no crime. Some of these places (e.g. St Andrews, Northampton) look like stately homes but for those kept there they are no more than prisons.

Katie Fraser

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19 November 2010

FREE OUR PEOPLE!

FREE OUR PEOPLE!

The very people who don't like charity, they want equal rights to society, disability arts, and to air their opinions in an understanding world.

Bring all the people together and have your say , let all those speak their mind who want to!

Bob Williams-Findlay

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19 November 2010

No need to follow in the footsteps of Guy or Bin Laiden - simply super-glue all the outer doors of Parliament and let the bars run dry ... the country would be ours within days!

Free our People!

Debbie Jolly

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19 November 2010

Brilliant as ever Dave- FREE OUR PEOPLE!

Nabil Shaban

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19 November 2010

FREE OUR PEOPLE

FREE OUR PEOPLE

FREE OUR PEOPLE

First, they took away our benefits and independent living

Second, they abolished anti-discrimination legislation

Third, they offered us "Assisted Suicide"

Fourth, they forced us back into institutions

Fifth, they tranquilized us and deprived us of medicine, food and water

Sixth....Sixth....Sixth, they "legally" euthanized the lot of us

Lynne

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19 November 2010

Free our People

James - Via Face Book

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19 November 2010

FREE OUR PEOPLE!

Arty Farty

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17 November 2010

Nice one Mr C. Love the parallel!

Alan Wheatley, London Green Party Spokesperson on Disability

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17 November 2010

Well said, Dave.

I shall commend this one to a friend of mine in LB Haringey who used to have Blue Badge parking entitlement.

That was, until LB Haringey lost a fortune in the Icelandic bank crash and LB Haringey decided to transfer the responsibility for allocating Blue Badge entitlement to the [revenue-raising] Parking Dept. Thus Blue Badge applicants were put through demeaning hoops and hurdles of assessments in which apparently the best play actors won entitlement.