10am Thursday 9th June 2016
Dundee Sheriff Court, 9 West Bell Street
Please join Edinburgh Anarchist Federation and the Action Against Austerity Network and show your support for Tony Cox – arrested for trying to accompany a woman to her Work Capability Assessment and now on trial accused of ‘Threatening Behaviour’ for insisting on her right to have him accompany her.
When Tony was up in court before in October 2015 ,SUWN and ECAP called
for a Britain wide day of action which involved groups from London,
Wales, Dorset and Liverpool and others. Again we call for another day of
action across the entirety of Britain. We are inviting groups to protest
on the 9th of June at their local job centres for the right to be
accompanied and in solidarity with Tony.
Last time, the DWP brought Tony to court, they had to drop the charges
as their evidence fell apart. Their evidence amounted to the pointing of
a finger. Now they’re trying again.
It’s not just Tony Cox though. In Edinburgh too , ECAP has faced its own
problems when back in September 2015 one of our members tried to
accompany a vulnerable claimant to a JSA appointment. The accompanier
was asked to produce ID, something which is not part of DWP guidelines
as FOI requests(and one apology for a High Heid Yin in the DWP) show.
ECAP activist Esther McDonald said “From our conversations with
claimants it appears increasingly common that even friends or families
accompanying someone to a jobcentre will be refused or told to leave by
threats in complete contradiction to DWP guidelines. This is a
deliberate attempt to isolate claimants and leave them to the mercy of
Jobcentre intimidation and bullying. Our message couldn’t be clearer.
All claimants have the right to be accompanied and where the Jobcentre
denies this, we will not step down”.
Our advocacy will not stop. Because Advocacy is not a crime.
We’ve said before if you exploit us we will shut you down and likewise
if you isolate us we will bring crowds to your door. We will not be
bullied, intimidated or silenced. We will resist!
Join us if you can on the 9th