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Our week of protests!
A couple of weeks ago several of our Champions attended a week of protests in London, here is what we got up to.
10 July 2019
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From 24th – 28th June MLMC Champions took part in protests in London to try to stop people with learning disabilities being locked up in hospitals and Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs).
Shaun, Gina, Ben, Paul and Dawn all went on different days of the week to represent My Life My Choice.
These protests were set up by a woman called Leo whose son was held in an ATU for 7 years.
The protests were called #strippedofhumanrights because when people are locked up in hospitals they cannot use some of their human rights.
Our champions made protest signs the week before displaying the messages they wanted to say.
They then traveled to London on the Oxford Tube every day.
The first protest each day was outside the Department of health, then the protesters moved to NHS England’s offices to protest at them as well.
It was a very long week for the champions who went with lots of travelling, standing around and shouting; but it was really good!
Shaun said “it was great to see so many groups coming together to protest.”
Ben said “the protests came at a really good time after Whorlton hall so it was really good to get our voices heard! It was very tiring but hopefully will make an impact”.
There was lots of media coverage of the protests on Chanel 4, Chanel 5 and ITV.
It is good that they were covering the issues people with learning disabilities face but we were disappointed that they did not interview anyone with a learning disability.
Overall, we had a great week protesting in London and are proud to have been part of such a big campaign and we hope it will make positive change for the future.
Well done to everyone involved!
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