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An Appeal from DPAC for help from OCAP members & Supporters


A ‘reality’ TV show in the UK, with the less than subtle name ‘Benefits Street’, is being used to whip up hatred against the victims of austerity and social cutbacks and to lay the ground for the even more vicious measures the Cameron Government is preparing. Our allies in Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) are participating in a demonstration on Monday to challenge this disgusting show and those responsible for it. They have asked OCAP to get as many people here as possA ‘reality’ TV show in the UK, with the less than subtle name ‘Benefits Street’, is being used to whip up hatred against the victims of austerity and social cutbacks and to lay the ground for the even more vicious measures the Cameron Government is preparing. Our allies in Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) are participating in a demonstration on Monday to challenge this disgusting show and those responsible for it. They have asked OCAP to get as many people here as possible to tweet and e mail messages supporting this fight back. Please read this information and do all you can to set in motion a barrage of electronic solidarity on Monday. (Thank you John Clarke )ible to tweet and e mail messages supporting this fight back. Please read this information and do all you can to set in motion a barrage of electronic solidarity on Monday. (Thank you John Clarke )

An Appeal from DPAC for help from OCAP members & Supporters

Sign the petition to stop this show here!

Communique from DPAC:
Last Monday, 6th of January the first episode of a new “Reality TV” show was broadcast in the UK called “Benefits Street”. This is the latest in a long line of TV shows which are designed to demonize Social Security Claimants and paint them as scroungers of “hard working people’s tax money”.
This is deliberate misinformation and is very much in line with the UK government propaganda that unemployed people are to blame for unemployment, not the government’s own austerity economics, and that people claiming out of work and disability benefits are just too lazy to earn their own money, and that people who live on benefits are doing so as a “lifestyle choice”.
You can view the trailer for the series or if you wish the entire first episode . And here is some of the media fallout from the show 1 , 234.
We at DPAC and other campaigning organizations in the UK have had enough of this propaganda and we’re going to fight back.
A Demonstration has been organized at the offices of the television production company that is responsible for making this series. Ironically they call themselves “Love Productions” – they are on twitter as @LoveProdHouse 

The Demonstration has been set for 3pm GMT on Monday 13th Jan, that is 10am EST. You can read the announcement here and here.
As well as a demo outside the production offices, we’re going to be making a noise on twitter and we would really appreciate support from you. It would add to our numbers and let activists in the UK know that we are not alone.
We will be tweeting to the production company @LoveProdHouse and the TV Broadcaster @Channel4 to let them know that these programs are not acceptable, and we would really appreciate it if you could join with us in this. If you are not a twitter user you can Email the broadcaster Channel 4- HERE.
We are preparing a web-page with pre-prepared tweets that you may wish to use which will be up on Monday HERE or you are welcome to tweet them your own tweets.
Please use the hashtags #BenefitsStreet and the hashtags #DPAC #OCAP so that we in the UK can see that you are with us.
As well as the demonstration in the afternoon, the second episode airs on TV at 9pm GMT – 4pm EST.
We will be out tweeting in force to try to get our message across about the poison spread by this sort of programme. Once again we would really appreciate you joining us in this.
The second episode of this program focuses on immigration, which means its likely to be just as toxic as the first episode – if not even more so.

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