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Bring back our girls!

2 Jun

#Bringbackourgirls - protest banners made by people with learning disabilities at CHANGE

 

Ace

Hey gang, have you heard that over 200 school girls were kidnapped in Nigeria in April by a terrorist group called Boko Haram?

 

 

Annabel

What is a terrorist?

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Terrorists are people who may hurt other people to get their own way. They may use violence to force other people to do what they want.

 

 

 

Malak

They came in the night, we do not really really know how they did it, but they took the girls.

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

The girls were taken because Boko Haram think that girls should not go to school.

 

 

 

 

Annabel

We’ve heard that people know where the girls are being held but that they cannot get near to them. We are very worried about them, the girls may be scared and they may not be well.

 

 

 

Malak

We want to know what is being done to find the girls!

 

 

 

 

Ace

We want to show our support for the girls. They have already shown they have strength and courage – we must show that we have too.

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Everyone has the right to go to school. It is important that the girls have this right and that they are returned. We want our government to help bring back the girls and to tell us what they are doing!

 

 

 

Malak

How can we show our own support for the girls?

 

 

 

 

Annabel

You can go on Twitter or Facebook and join in the campaign using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls and call for justice for the Nigerian School Girls!

 

 

KA Maracas

You could also make banners to show your support, like the volunteers at CHANGE.

 

 

 

 

#Bringbackourgirls banners made by CHANGE volunteers

#Bring back our girls banners made by CHANGE volunteers

A-team members

Together we can #BRING BACK OUR GIRLS!

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The Paralympics – 6 months later

26 Feb
Track event at London 2012 Paralympics

Track event at London 2012 Paralympics

Kick Ass Maracas

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  I wonder if the attitudes of British people about Disabled People have changed since the Paralympics?

 

Malak

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  I think it’s good that younger Disabled people will get more involved in sports because of the Paralympics. It is great to have role models like Ellie Simmonds – she’s a celebrity now!

Annabel

ear1sml But I would like to see lots of Disabled People as role models – like newsreaders, actors, musicians and people doing amazing work in everyday jobs.

KA Maracas

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  If the Paralympics made people feel positive about Disabled people we need them to get behind us now – when Disabled people have lots of problems.

Aceman

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  We hope less Disabled People will be bullied or suffer hate crime because of the Paralympics.

Disabled people across the country will have more opportunities to get involved in sport after Sport England announced 44 projects that will benefit from £10.2 million of National Lottery funding from its Inclusive Sport fund. The fund will help tackle the opportunity gap that sees one in six disabled adults playing sport regularly, compared to one in three non-disabled adults.

Have attitudes towards disabled people changed since the Paralympics?

The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

13 Nov
Police and Crime Commissioner Elections - November 15th 2012

Who will you vote for?

My name is Malak

 

 

Malak says:

Have you heard about the Police and Crime Commissioner  elections?

                                                             

        

Kick Ass Maracas

 

KA Maracas:

What is it about?   

 

          

                          Ace knows what is going on

 Ace says:

Police and Crime Commissioners are people who can be voted in to manage and check how the Police do their jobs.

 

Annabel - the boss

 

Annabel:

The elections will happen on 15 November in 41 areas across England and Wales (but not London) Each area will have one Police and Crime Commissioner.

why should we bother to vote?

 

 Why is it important and why should we bother to vote?

 

 

It is important

 

It’s important because each person who might be elected has different ideas about things.

 

 

Choose someone who supports equal rights

 

So it is important to choose the person who supports equal rights, disability rights, women’s issues and knows about disability hate crime.

 

 Your vote will make a difference

So it’s important to vote because your vote will make a difference. To find out more about the people in your area you can vote for, go to this website:

www.choosemypcc.org.uk

or you can telephone  0800 1070708  for more information.

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections to be held on Thursday 15th November

In Memory of Fiona Pilkington and Frankie Hardwick

29 Oct

 

Fiona Pilkington and her daughter Frankie Hardwick
Fiona Pilkington and her daughter Frankie Hardwick

Annabel

On the 23rd October 2012 it was a sad day because five years ago on that date mother and daughter, Fiona Pilkington and Frankie Hardwick, killed themselves.

 

 

Malak

They killed themselves because they were fed up with the years of bullying they went through. No one helped them, not even the police. They tried to get help, they phoned the police 30 times but they didn’t listen.

 

Ace Man

 

If the police had helped them and stopped the bullies they would be alive now and maybe they might read our blog!

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a group whose job it is to make Britain more equal and to speak up for disabled people. Last year they did a report called ‘Hidden in Plain Sight ‘about disability hate crime. On the 23rd October they put a new report called ‘Out in the Open’. This one is all about what should be done about disability hate crime and you can see it on their website:

EHRC – Inquiry into disability-related harassment

 

Malak 

I think we should make October 23rd a special day to remember the Pilkingtons and other victims of disability hate crime. It could also be a day when we get disabled people to speak up about bullying and for professionals to learn more about how they can do a better job of helping. Look at the report for more ideas about what professionals and groups can do to improve things.

 

kick ass maracas SPEAKS!

 

Disability Hate Crime – Stop It!

 

 

 

The A-Team

The A-TEAM

 

 

 

Report it to sort it!

Bullying keeps disabled people stuck at home!

1 Oct
Annie Giles-Quinn, bullied because she was blind

Annie Giles-Quinn, bullied because she was blind

Annabel is pissed off about this

Annabel says:  I read a story in the paper about a blind woman who was bullied in the street by some men in a car. They threw eggs at her, shouted and laughed before they drove away. Use this link to read more about the story:

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1586573_thugs-attack-blind-mum-with-eggs-in-harpurhey-street

Malak says disabled people need help when they are being bullied

Malak says:  I heard about this too, someone did help her because she was very upset. I think it is really important to say how good it is when disabled people get help when they are being bullied. It helps us to feel that we are not alone.

 

 

Ace Man

Ace says:  This lady was just getting more confident at using her guide dog to go out and about. Now she has been bullied like this she might be too frightened to go out. My friend Stevie is blind and she says:

“Many blind people get stuck at home because it is hard to go out if you don’t have enough help and if you are scared of being bullied. Staying at home all the time can make people feel depressed and sad, eat too much and get unhealthy, be bored and lonely and not get a chance to make new friends.”

 

KickAss Maracas is not happy

 

 

I’m unhappy about this; disabled people should have the right to go out!

 

 

 

Annabel

Yes! And this lady should get some support to help her build up her confidence to go out again and to be less afraid.

Tricky Police Officers!

7 Aug

KickAss Maracas

   I am angry to hear about the bad police officers who have been sexually abusing women and children. The Guardian newspaper has been looking into this – you can read what they say on their website.

 

Ace Man

  Power Changer Trainers (www.changepeople.co.uk) talk about “tricky friends” – this is when a bully pretends to be their friend as a way to get away with the bullying. This is a bit like tricky friends – it is tricky police officers!

 

Malak

  I think we should sort out this problem by putting the bad police in prison.

 

Annabel

 

  I’m very worried about this because the police are saying they want disabled people to speak up about bullying. Hearing about this will make disabled people more scared that the police will do the opposite and not help them but bully them. Most police officers do not bully and they must be very angry about the bad police officers. I want to know what the police are going to do about this.

Abuse of authority by police and police staff, by police authority, 2008-2012

Are racism and abuse acceptable in football?

30 Jul
Chelsea captain John Terry is accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in October 2011

Chelsea captain John Terry (right) is accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand (centre) during an October 2011 match at Loftus Road

 
Ace

Footballer John Terry has been in court accused of racially abusing fellow footballer Anton Ferdinand. Ferdinand had complained that Terry had called him “a black c…”

Malak

Some people said that it was usual during football that there was swearing. But the judge cleared Terry of the charges because he said there wasn’t enough evidence that he had been racist.

Anton Ferdinand gives evidence against John Terry in court

Anton Ferdinand gives evidence against John Terry in court

KickAss Maracas

  I think Terry should have been charged and struck off the team for saying racist things! I think racism in football should be taken very seriously and dealt with so that players don’t have to put up with it. Any kind of racism, swearing, or verbal abuse shouldn’t be allowed.

Annabel

  It shouldn’t matter if players are black or white – everybody should be treated equally. Even though Terry was let off the serious charges he has been stopped from being the England captain.  

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