ADAPT Protesters Arrested in Capitol Over Republican Health Care Bill

64 members of ADAPT were arrested the other day, protesting against the proposed Republican health care bill, which would have harmed many people with disabilities.

ADAPT Protesters Arrested in Capitol Over Republican Health Care Bill

64 members of ADAPT were arrested the other day, protesting against the proposed Republican health care bill, which would have harmed many people with disabilities. It would have done so by cutting Medicaid funding to programs that help people with disabilities live independently in the community. Without these programs, it would be impossible for these people to live independently, thus forcing many people with disabilities into nursing homes. This would not only violate our civil rights as citizens of the United States but would be both morally and ethically wrong.

People with disabilities have the right to live independently within the community, and this proposed Republican health care bill would directly threaten that right. For many people with disabilities, dependent on Medicaid supported services it would mean the end of the independent living movement in the United States. This movement is based upon the rights of people with disabilities to live as others live, within the community at large.

The bill to repeal The Affordable Care Act was also known as the “skinny repeal” health care bill because it only proposed to repeal part of the ACA. Included in this “skinny repeal” more drastic cuts to Medicaid services with people with disabilities depend on for medical care and community based, independent living programs.

Thankfully, as most people know by now, this “skinny repeal” failed to pass in the U.S. Senate, much to the relief of not only people with disabilities but others are dependent on The Affordable Care Act for their basic health care needs. If this Republican sponsored “scary repeal” would have passed, an extra 16 million people would have been without any type of health care coverage. It looks like people with disabilities and others who depend on the ACA are safe, at least for a while.

It looks like the GOP idea of health care “reform”, in other words, repealing The Affordable Care Act, is over for now. However, we must all stay vigilant so the GOP doesn’t try again anytime soon.

 

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Hollywood’s Latest Insult To the Disabled: “Me before You”

Disability rights activists have rallied against the normalization of suicide for disabled people in Me Before You. Protesters told BuzzFeed News the scope of the protest is unprecedented.

Source: The “Me Before You” Backlash Was Bigger Than Anyone Expected

Hollywood‘s Latest Insult To the Disabled: “Me before You”

Me Before YouAs a person with a disability, I greatly resent the Hollywood stereotypes of what it’s like to live with a disability and don’t even have a clue. Once again, Hollywood stereotypes are creating great harm to the disability rights movement and all disabled people with its latest insult, entitled “Me Before You“. This latest film, which is supposed to be a romance, instead becomes nothing more than just another “disability snuff film.”

The Hollywood stereotypes erect a type of barrier that is far harder to correct that a physical barrier. “Me Before You” creates what we call an attitudinal barrier, which is far more difficult to correct that a physical barrier. A physical barrier can be altered or done away with by constructing something differently, such as installing a ramp, widening a doorway, or some other type of construction work. On the other hand, an attitudinal barrier is far harder to correct. It can only be changed through informing and educating people about what it’s like to live with a disability; something that Hollywood executives haven’t got a clue about. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be keen to listen to us or what we have to say about films like “Me Before You.”

However, since the disability rights movement and people with disabilities, in general, have turned out with a huge protest that could severely damage profits, which is what Hollywood executives care most about, they might finally take some note of us. Unfortunately, any changes probably won’t happen very fast. The only thing that happens quickly in Hollywood seems to be pocketing the money they make from films that exploit people like “Me Before You”.

A few years ago, there was also a considerable controversy about the movie, “Million Dollar Baby“, a film that has the lead actress begging to be killed after she has a severe spinal cord injury that leaves her paralyzed. This time, disabled people are even angrier and insulted and are turning out in large numbers to protest “Me Before You”. Hollywood executives have been caught off guard by the scope of the current protests which in many places is still ongoing. I’m pleased to say that these protests are growing and getting bigger and more vocal. We have succeeded in drawing the attention of some of the largest newspapers and news outlets in the country.

 

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DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED – 26 YEARS LATER

LEAD: More than 100 protesters in wheelchairs were arrested today in the Capitol Rotunda after they boisterously demonstrated for swift passage of a civil rights bill for the millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities.


Saturday March 12th marks the 26th anniversary of the largest act of civil disobedience in the Rotunda of the US Capitol.  300 ADAPT activists protested to support the passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Over 100 were arrested
This historic event followed another chapter in disability rights history – The Capitol steps crawl up on March 11th.
Approximately 50 ADAPT activists got out of their wheelchairs and crawled the 82 steps to the Capitol entrance to send the message to Congress – Disability Rights ARE Civil Rights

Don’t Mourn…Organize, Register and Vote!

Onward to November 8, 2016
Make the DISABILITY VOTE Count

Source: DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED

DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED -26 YEARS LATER

Disabled people crawling up the steps of the US capitol buildingI really regret that I was unable to be part of this demonstration by disabled people on the steps of the US Capitol building. I remember seeing this on TV, and I know at the time that I felt very proud to be a disabled person. When I saw this story, over 26 years ago, I remember I swelled with such a feeling of disability pride that I actually started to cry with happiness because I truly felt that I was actually part of a group of Americans that I was extremely proud to be part of. I had finally found a place where I belonged.

These people, my people, had finally had enough of systemic oppression that they were willing to fight for their rights as equal citizens. My people had finally taken a stand in the same true sense that our founding fathers had taken a stand against the British. These disabled people were exercising their First Amendment rights in the most sincere American tradition, protests and civil disobedience. And they were using the finest examples set forth by people like Thoreau, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In my opinion, the disability rights movement in the United States needs to start once again following this fine tradition of protest. The disability rights movement in this country is staggering around lost with no real direction. Too many younger disabled people seem to be more into  pandering to the establishment and have lost their sense of disability pride. We really need, as proud disabled people to once again unite, as these disabled people did run the risk of having our movement die on the vine. We, as disabled people need to stop trying to be part of the status quo. After all, the status quo is a broken system that is ruining this entire country.

Social Security: Attempt to Starve America’s Disabled and Seniors Thwarted

Source: GOP Plan To Slash Social Security Thwarted – Working In These Times

Social Security: Attempt to Starve America’s Disabled and Seniors Thwarted

For the life of me, I can’t figure out how these GOP bastards think those of us who live on Social Security are living so high on the hog. Personally, last year I received $11,644 in Social Security benefits, well below the poverty line.  How do they think we are supposed to survive?  Oh, I forgot!  They don’t give a damn about anybody other than their rich friends.

Another thing I can’t figure out is how this proposal to cut Social Security benefits to seniors and disabled was attached to The Highway Bill.  How are they even remotely related to one another as issues?  The fact that legislative bodies always seem to do that is just part of the “divide and conquer” strategy, they always use whenever they are trying to alienate one group of citizens from another.  And for some reason, most Americans buy into it.

The reasoning these evil sons of bitches use is actually quite simple.  They figure that if they attach something totally unrelated, in this case Social Security cuts, to something as important as The Highway Bill, they can alienate people who are tired of potholes and dilapidated highways (most of us) from those of us who attempt to survive on Social Security.  Why can’t people see this?  It’s not that hard!

They think their dastardly attempts to alienate people who drive cars, who outnumber Social Security recipients, will result in motorists blaming us for the fact that this nation highways are not being maintained properly.  Unfortunately, there seems to be enough people buying into this divide and conquer strategy, that our politicians keep successfully using it every time they want to divide citizens from each other, for the purpose of causing harm to one group, in this case Social Security recipients.

Lawmakers should put into place some type of rule against tying unrelated items together on one piece of legislation.  It only allows politicians, who have some type of harmful motive, to hijack the legislative process for the sole purpose of causing harm and division among the citizens.

The thing that really gets me about this entire Social Security issue, or I should say non-issue is that the Social Security Trust Fund is actually okay, despite the untruthful claims to the otherwise.  If they would just stop dipping into the Social Security Trust Fund every time they came up short of cash, things would be okay.  If they stop using the Social Security Trust Fund as a slush fund, the entire Social Security system could actually be expanded rather than cut.

There is absolutely no justification for any legislator to pick on the nations poorest people.  They only do so because they consider us to be disposable.

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