**Sunday July 7, 2017:
Disability Pride NYC:
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***Sunday July 10, 2016: Join PPA at Disability Pride March. FB Event.
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NYC PPA says:
Fight Oppression of People with Disabilities
Disabled Black Lives Matter
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– December 3, 2015 – save the date – International Day of People with Disabilities, a United Nations-sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
In NYC: FB Event
Forty percent of people killed by police have a disability.
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–Mon, Sept 21, 2015: “You Promised You Wouldn’t Kill Me” Rally and March Demanding Justice for Natasha McKenna. See FB Event for details. Demands include:
1. Expanded mental health outreach: a) send mental health workers instead of cops to help people suffering from symptoms; & b) better funding for mental health services and divert funding away from cops to assist with this.
2. End the use of tasers on restrained people, and on people suffering from mental health issues.
3. End police torture of people with disabilities, and people of color.
4. Treatment, not jail.
5. No handcuffs for mental health episodes.
6. Better regulations; enforce the regulations that are already on the books.
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July: Disability Pride Month
The entire month of July has been declared Disability Pride Month in the U.S. It is the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights legislation for people with disabilities. After the ADA was passed, and after the heroic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion inspired annual LGBTQ parades, Disability Pride parades took place around the country during the month of July, the anniversary of the ADA’s passage. After several years without such parades, in NYC on Sunday, July 12, a Disability Pride Parade is being organized by a coalition of disabled peoples’ and disability rights groups, which has also been endorsed by several NYC agencies and elected officials. A Disability Pride event is also scheduled for Boston on July 22.
***Urgent: People with disabilities condemn the attempted execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal by medical neglect.
TAKE ACTION NOW: Please spread the word and email/call: Secretary of the Department of Corrections John Wetzel to demand Mumia be treated by a doctor of his choice. (717-728-2573; firstname.lastname@example.org), and
PA Gov Tom Wolf to demand the state halt attempts to execute Mumia by medical neglect.( 717-787-2500; fax: 717-772-8284; email@example.com)
For more info: Click here.
-Please support the ongoing struggle to make minimum-wage laws apply for people with disabilities, especially at Goodwill.
-Scroll down for Nov. 2014 action at Goodwill.
Click to enlarge / Get the two-page flier>>>
–March 2015: People with disabilities tell court: Health care, not police killings
**Please TAKE ACTION: Sign the Petition to San Francisco Mayor & Attorney to drop their appeal.
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A case before U.S. Supreme Court seeking police exemption from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has critical importance for all those seeking to stop unwarranted police killings. This case involves police shootings of people with mental illnesses. Your intervention is needed to stop the high court from using this case to strengthen the hand of the police and lessen police accountability in the killings of people with disabilities. The ADA mandates accommodations for those with disabilities.
Even with the ADA in place, at least half of the people shot and killed by police each year in this country have mental health problems, according to a recent study (TACReports.org). In many cases, police who used deadly force were called by family or neighbors to help get an individual mental health care. Many of those killed were people of color. It would be especially chilling if police are exempted from the ADA…SEE REST OF LETTER. SIGN PETITION.
For more background click here.
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Activists with disablities build solidarity with labor and community struggles.
10/11/14. Activists with disabilities and allies from New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts gathered at an 1199 Service Employees union hall in Dorchester, Mass., in August, 2014 to commemorate people with disabilities whose collective struggle led to the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law on July 26, 1990.
Organized by the People with Disabilities caucuses of the International Action Center, Peoples Power Assembly and Workers World Party, the gathering recognized the disability liberation movement as being inspired by the Civil Rights and liberation movements of people of color, women and lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people. Solidarity permeated the meeting and discussion as participants strategized about the challenges that lay ahead to protect and enhance disability rights in the age of austerity…Read the rest
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People with disabilities half of people killed by cops; disability rights groups protest
1/24/15. Disabled-rights groups are among the most energetic advocates of solidarity with African-American victims of police murder.
Some 34 disability activist groups across the country have signed a statement protesting the police murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, expressing solidarity with their families and communities, and urging all to do so. (tinyurl.com/qabbdn8, Aug. 15)
This statement’s signers are both national and local groups, including organizations from Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, California, New York State and New England. They include the National Council on Independent Living and four local independent living centers; several autistic groups, including Autism Women’s Network; Little People of America; Queerability and other LGBTQ disability groups; several student groups; Help Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf; the Peoples With Disabilities Caucus of the Peoples Power Assembly; and Parents to Improve School Transportation.
The statement calls upon everyone to oppose “the criminalization and dehumanization of our citizens” especially of “communities viewed as ‘other’ to the American majority — young men of color, people with disabilities, LGBT individuals.” For these communities, “statements such as ‘they didn’t comply,’ they were ‘bad kids,’ ‘they were being belligerent,’ ‘they looked suspicious’ often warrant a death sentence.”
Half of people killed by police have disabilities…. Read the rest
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**2015: ON-GOING STRUGGLE. Read flier please.
–Sat, Nov 15, 2014: 1 PM – Demonstrate at Goodwill: Stop paying people with disabilities 22c/hr; We demand $15/ hr & a union for EVERYONE including: People with Disabilities, Prisoners, & Immigrants. (Click to enlarge). Click here for pdf.
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