Grassroots charity promoting the right for people with learning disabilities to have a choice about how they live their lives

Stay up late blog

Charity mission and values – What we believe!

18
Aug
2016

Stay Up Late’s charity mission and values. As a charity, our history has been written by the communities that we’ve grown out of – people who believe that every person with a learning disability should be able to stay up late! We recently brought together different people involved in our work – the Storm and Thunder Team, the […]

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August 2016 Meeting – Creating video resources for volunteer training

16
Aug
2016

Summary: We used the session to create a video that will help new volunteers to understand more about what it is like to have a learning disability. We want our gig buddies to understand that this is a personal experience that is different for everyone. We will all have different ideas about what learning disability […]

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Record shops promoting hateful language?

15
Aug
2016

Is HMV promoting hateful language? The story over The Descendents album title containing the word ‘SPAZ’ continues. Today Real Gone Rocks tweeted a photo of the album on sale in their Bluewater branch as a ‘recommended purchase’. We think this means that HMV are responsible for helping to promote hateful language. Here’s the Tweet. Hey @hmvtweets, please […]

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Paddy Power Tweet ‘Mong’ and “didn’t know what it meant”

11
Aug
2016

Why we’re upset with Paddy Power and their use of the word ‘Mong’ A few weeks ago we got involved in a storm with fans of the band Descendents over us and RealGoneRocks objecting to the band’s new album, and EP, containing the word ‘Spaz’. The dust is starting to settle on this issue now, […]

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‘Spaz’ album – The Descendents meet

07
Aug
2016

Amazing update – Descendents meet with Stay Up Late ambassadors Becky Boo and Brian In my previous post I was reflecting on why I was thinking of taking down our petition calling on US punk band Descendents to change the name of the new LP which features the word Spaz. Unwittingly I unleashed a whole torrent […]

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Descendents album controversy update

02
Aug
2016

Our thoughts on the Descendents LP title issue The past couple of weeks, since starting our petition against the name of Descendents new LP, containing the word ‘Spaz’, has seen an unprecedented torrent of abuse come our way from enraged fans of the band. This post is to explain why we’re upset about words like […]

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Hypercaffium Spazzinate – a response from the band

02
Aug
2016

An update on our Hypercaffium Spazzinate petition Since launching the petition to ask Descendents to change the name of their new LP ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’ due to it containing the word ‘Spaz’ – a word seen as highly offensive to people with disabilities in the UK – we’ve had an absolute torrent of abuse from enraged fans […]

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Descendents new LP – use of word ‘Spaz’ – update

28
Jul
2016

Why we were considering ending Descendents petition This post was going to be announcing that we were ending our petition calling for a boycott of the Descendents new LP ‘Hypercaffieum Spazzinate’. At Stay Up Late it’s important to us that we ‘keep it punk’ and take risks. That’s what I did last week in challenging the title […]

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A new Magna Carta – for people with learning disabilities

24
Jul
2016

Why we’ve written a new Magna Carta (for people with learning disabilities) Over the past few years we’ve been running a series of workshops at conferences, events, local government meetings and with advocacy groups to try and find out what rights people with learning disabilities want in their day-to-day lives. This led us to create our […]

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Descendents – update on LP boycott

23
Jul
2016

An update on campaign to boycott Descendents new LP I’m going to aim to post a fuller update soon but the level of abuse we’ve been getting from US based fans of the band Descendents has been quite overwhelming. They’ve thrown every imaginable insult, which has taken me back to the school playground of the 1970s. A […]

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