Tories have blood on their hands: Refugee Crisis & Benefit Deaths | Newsletter 2 Sep

blood_hands.jpgIn the last couple of weeks the Government's attitude towards ordinary people couldn't have been clearer...

Refugee Crisis
There's a growing crisis across Europe. Thousands of people are desperate to escape countries savaged by war, terrorism and destitution - in many cases these are problems our own Government had a hand in creating. Our Governments response is not to help these people but to do anything they can to keep them away - in Cameron's own words to keep out a 'swarm'. They're happy spending millions on new fences, on extra security and attacking some of the most desperate people while the death toll rises, but refuse to spend anything on helping them. While thousands struggle for survival in the so-called Jungle Camp in Calais,  figures show more than 2000 have drowned in the Mediterranean in 2015 alone. This is nothing less than a humanitarian disaster.

Benefit Sanctions
Last week the Government released the figures for those who died following benefit sanctions, following a petition signed by 250,000 people. According to figures from the DWP more than 2,500 sick and disabled benefit claimants have died after being found 'fit for work' in just two years. There's also some evidence that this figure is grossly underestimated. Whatever the actual figure, it's a disgrace that in one of the richest countries on the planet, that a decision made by our government has lead to the deaths of thousands of the most vulnerable in society.

This has to stop. We need to make sure the Conservative Party Conference is disrupted every single day. Protests and meetings on both these issues will take place as part of the national week of action. See initial timetable here

Protest the Tory Party Conference: Take back Manchester, 3-7 October

Accommodation: Book now
We will be taking over a big sports hall every night to accommodate everyone from outside of Manchester - book time off work now and lets make sure the Tories are met with the opposition they deserve. We've kept booking as cheap as possible to cover costs at £2 per night, but if you can't afford it please get in touch.

Click here to book accommodation now

More events will be announced soon. Transport is being arranged from across the country - send in your coach details to tom@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk.

See you in Manchester!

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