On Saturday 4th December GMCDP was part of an event at the People's History Museum to celebrate the International Day of Disabled People and to promote the Disabled People's Archive and the forthcoming "Nothing About Us Without Us" exhibition on the history of disabled people's activism in the UK.
There were stalls from the Archive, the Community Curators of the exhibition, Manchester DPAC, and a group of disabled students from Liverpool University who are seeking to set up a coalition-type DPO in Liverpool.
Despite the cold, rainy and windy weather and worries about the new omicron variant of COVID-19, people attended over the course of the day, including one member who came all the way from Hampshire! The opportunity to meet other disabled campaigners and community members "in real life" and to talk about the state of the movement and its future was greatly appreciated.
Singer-songwriter, activist and GMCDP Exec member Dennis Queen made everyone's day with her first live performance since the start of the pandemic, singing songs from the movement by artists like Johnny Crescendo and the late Ian Stanton (a founder member of GMCDP) as well as her own, including a moving and hopeful new song written in response to the treatment of disabled people during the pandemic.
The "Nothing About Us Without Us" exhibition at the People's History Museum will run for a year from July 2022.
Another similar event is being planned for April.