Support Disabled Liberation

by on March 12, 2015







**See PeoplesMTA FaceBook for updated info on NYC mass transportation disabled rights efforts.

Dec 3, 2020 Webinar:

6th Annual International Day of

People with Disabilities.

 FB Event.

April 2020: People with disabilities fight to be counted in the battle vs. COVID-19 and depression. Link

**Jan 28, 2020: Vigil for Malaysia Goodson/Rally for Accessible Subways. FB Event.

One year ago, Malaysia Goodson, a mother with a stroller, fell to her death because there were no elevators at a subway station. Thirty years ago, the Americans With Disabilities Act was turned into law. Three years ago, a lawsuit was filed against the MTA for failing to abide by that law.We are holding a rally at 60 Centre St. as this lawsuit goes into another round of delays in Judge Hagler’s courtroom. Our demand is that the MTA sign a legally binding agreement to make the subways 100% accessible. We will then hold a vigil with family members of Malaysia Goodson, activists and elected officials to honor her. Malaysia’s death will not be in vain. We will then proceed into Judge Hagler’s courtroom to demand that justice be served.

Dec 3, 2019: The Peoples Power Assemblies will hold its 5th annual Int’l Day of People with Disabilities march in NYC demanding accessibility justice and an end to racist police terror, with the slogan Money for Elevators, Not Cops in the Subway! Rally 5:30 – 6:45pm. Then we’ll march. Read more at FB Event.

Nov 6, 2019: Courthouse Rally/Pack the Court for Transit Accessibility. FB EVENT.

Rally for the righteous lawsuit mandating elevators in the New York City subway. The MTA’s recent 70-station announcement for elevator installation still leaves the system 60% inaccessible — with the elevators that do exist constantly breaking down or malfunctioning.Plus, the announcement lacked the crucial demand from the disability rights movement: that the MTA sign a legally binding commitment to create accessible stations. Without that, the MTA accessibility announcement could end up being another unfunded promise.”The MTA has offered only non-binding settlements, pleading poverty,” explained Sasha, who uses a wheelchair and is one of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs. We’ve rejected those ‘trust-me’ proposals because they’re worthless. They are only words on paper until Cuomo, who controls the MTA, allows the lawyers to commit.”

Reportback: Oct 7, 2019: Subway struggle:

‘We want accessibility, not more cops!’ 

On Oct. 3, leaders in the disability rights movement led the latest in a growing movement of underground subway actions against the MTA’s racist police crackdown on “farebeaters.” Activists with the People’s MTA joined the People’s Power Assembly for a protest in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center station, a major transit hub connecting multiple subway lines. The main demand was that money be spent making subways accessible with elevators and ramps — rather than on surveillance cameras and ever-increasing police presence, which all statistics show focus disproportionately on Black and Brown riders… <Read more>

PACK THE COURT for full accessibility & subway elevators ramps in every station.
10:00 PACK THE COURT Part 17 Room 335

June 15, 2019: Phila Disability Pride March/Rally. FB Event

NYC Disability Pride Parade


June 5, 2019: Courthouse Rally for Subway Access Settlement!
FB Event

Be sure to scroll down to read background and specifics

May 21, 2019: Courthouse Rally! Lawsuit Mandating Elevators in the Subway
FB Event

Be sure to scroll down to read background and specifics

April 17, 2019:

MTA Fare Hike? Not Without Accessibility!

FaceBook Event


March 27, 2019: We, people with disabilities, are working with the Peoples MTA and ALL who need elevator access. Join us outside the next MTA Board meeting. FB Event.  

Malaysia Goodson is the 22-year-old African-American mother who in January fell to her death down the New York subway stairs. We will be closing International Women’s Month by using the occasion of the monthly MTA Board meeting to honor the memory of Ms. Goodson, who managed to save her 1-year-old even as she fell. The station where Goodson fell has no elevators. She was going down the stairs but that station only has escalators that go up. Goodson did what so many parents are forced to do: struggle up and down the New York subway stairs with a child and stroller — and hope for the best. Rally speakers will share their stories and honor Ms. Goodson by adding their voices to accessibility rights advocates who have been calling for elevators and ramps in the subway for years. Our gathering will make sure her name is not forgotten!

March 14, 2019: Courthouse Rally for Subway Access – Quit Stalling Cuomo!
Facebook Event. Also see PeoplesMTA.


Background on struggle, especially bringing in role of disabled liberation.

-Dec. 3, 2018

New York City

International Day of People with Disabilities

FB Event

Support Fair Wages for All!

Town Hall: Art, Disability, Labor & the For Freedoms’s 50 State Initiative
Sunday, October 21, 2018; 2–4pm; Brooklyn Museum, 1st Floor.

NYC Disability Pride Parade

>>TAKE ACTION NOW<< We want the Shade/ Take back our parade! We need your support.  CLICK HERE.


**Join the PPA Continent at NYC Disability Pride Parade
Sun July 15, 2018FB Event.
Sat, June 16, 2018:
Phila Disability Pride Parade. FB Event.

**Sun; Dec 3, 2017:

International Day for

Persons with Disabilities.

FB Event.

**Sunday July 9, 2017:

Disability Pride NYC:  

– Inclusion / Awareness / Visibility

– Volunteer / Donate / Sponsor

###Get the EASIER TO READ version.

The mission of Disability Pride NYC is to promote inclusion, awareness, and visibility of people with disabilities, and redefine public perception of disability. Our goal is to establish an annual Disability Pride parade in New York City and to support people with disabilities in whatever way we can.

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***Sunday July 10, 2016: Join PPA at Disability Pride March. FB Event.

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Disabilities Flier

NYC PPA says:
Fight Oppression of People with Disabilities
Disabled Black Lives Matter

Get the pdf

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;, and

PA Gov Tom Wolf to demand the state halt attempts to execute Mumia by medical neglect.( 717-787-2500; fax: 717-772-8284;

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 ( 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. (, 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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