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Dr Satendra Singh

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11 July 2012

Dear Dave,

It was great to see Crippen cartoons on web. I am a medical doctor as well as person with locomotor disability. I am co-founder of a Medical Humanities Group at my medical college where I have founded a special-interest-group on disability-Infinite Ability.

http://infiniteability.yolasite.com/

As you notice, Graphic Medicine has been listed as a medical humanitarian approach. I shall be grateful if:

1-You can agree to post few Crippen cartoon for my website

2- If you can kindly make a cartoon pic of my 'Infinite Ability' logo

3-If you can advice us on how to take the process of 'sensitisation of massess' forward.

It is great knowing you.

Dr Satendra Singh

Crippen

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3 July 2012

@ArtyFarty - My artwork is available for any disabled person or organisation of disabled people to use as part of our continued struggle against the oppression we experience within society.

The disabled people behind the 'Boycott the Paralympics' are focussing on the involvement of ATOS (read more on http://www.update.org.uk/news-detail.php?page=172)which I fully support and which is a seperate argument from the issues in this blog. OK? :-)

Arty Farty

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3 July 2012

Great blog Mr C. You deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for this if nothing else! Just one question though. What's your artwork doing on the banner for the 'Boycott the Paralympics'web site? Doesn't this go against what you're saying here?

Crippen

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3 July 2012

Thanks Ed. Interesting to hear that the black athletes were also more focussed on the human rights issues at the time. This makes it even more appropriate for a similiar gesture from a disabled athlete at the paralympics don't you think?

Ed Freeman

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2 July 2012

Excellent article as always, which reminded me of The Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics where a protest was made by the African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos; the athletes made the raised fist gesture at the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. The Australian competitor, Peter Norman, who was neither Black nor American, also wore a human rights badge on his shirt during the ceremony to show his support to the two Americans. The event was one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the modern Olympic Games. Tommie Smith stated in his autobiography, Silent Gesture, that the gesture was not a "Black Power" salute, but in fact a "human rights salute"

marian

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1 July 2012

Well done Crippen! People can make a decision to stop accepting the stereotypes fed to us by the media. Stereotypes which allow the old divisions so that we can be ruled more easily. PS there's a lot of stuff happening on Twitter - people standing up against Atos and publicising the tragedies and travesties.

richard downes

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30 June 2012

There's a film coming out soon about the famous black power salute of olympic champions - this is probably the source of the olympic committee's contractual stipulation on no politics.

Thing is even though these guys were stripped of their medals we all now who won regardless of the knowing the names to the degree that 40 years on a film is being made.

I guess these winners were equally concerned about a political situation as well as athletics.

In this there is hope of working together

Crippen

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29 June 2012

Thanks Esther and Colin. It's good to feel that something positive can grow from this. Let's keep this dialogue going ...

BTW if anyone would like a copy of the cartoon I'd be happy to forward it to you via email. Just send your contact details to 'daveluptoncartoons@live.co.uk'

:-)

Esther Fox

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29 June 2012

Just wanted to say an excellent Blog - you have summed up so well much of what I was aiming to express in my previous comment, but with real examples that give this debate such pertinent meaning. Thanks again and love the cartoon.

Colin Hambrook [ED]

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29 June 2012

Excellent comment! I agree absolutely about the need to work together. We hear regularly through our networks at DAO about disabled people unfairly thrown off benefits after Atos health assessments.

Yet these abuses are rarely reported in the media. There was one report a year ago in the Guardian on Larry Newman who sadly died from lung problems soon after being declared fit for work. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jul/24/atos-case-study-larry-newman

Yet if you follow the work of Linda Burnip on www.dpac.uk.net you'll see that these unfair decisions are far from isolated.