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I was down on the 16th St Mall for Planned Parenthood, and will write more later tonight, after I wind down a bit. For now, I'm late, but I got this from the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition. They need turnout, if you are available and able. I plan to be there.




WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27, 2008
DISABILITY COMMUNITY EVENT AT ATLANTIS/ADAPT HEADQUARTERS

201 SOUTH CHEROKEE STREET DENVER-You get there on the route 52 but the 0 and 3 go close-light rail at Alameda Station is very close also.

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Because Obama's disability rights coordinator is going to be there around 11:30 or so and we need to show him that we can do a turnout-we need to have at least 400 people show up from the disability community-this includes the parent groups, the mental health groups, the Deaf groups, the DD advocates, and every single disability organization out there. United we will win. In politics two things are important, money power and people power. We don't have the money but if we can show we have people power we will see changes that will make our lives better.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO RSVP-it will be accessible, if you need help with something there will be plenty of aides available to help and there will be sign language interpreters. If you have other questions call 303-733-9324.

This is the historic place with a living history exhibit showing how we have come together as a community and taken power and made changes for decades. While ADAPT has done protesting to get things done (and without that many rights we enjoy today would never have happened) this event on Wednesday is NOT going to be a protest and there will be no arrests or any sort of civil disobedience. The beauty of our community is that we are diverse and have different people and groups doing various things to achieve our shared goals. WEDNESDAY AT 11 is when we will come together in a historic show of unity to let the 2008 Democratic candidate know that our issues are important and must be not only included but must be at the forefront of his agenda for change. Our people continue to suffer and we cannot wait -we need change now and the only way to get it to convince those in charge that we are too many to ignore.

We also strongly encourage people to attend the disability caucus meetings on Tuesday and Thursday at noon in the Convention Center room 612. We will be asking for some small amendments to the Obama disability policy and asking that the National Party adopt our health care reform principles.

Comments

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celticwitch99
Aug. 27th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Just physical disability or mental as well? Pardon my ignorance in asking...I'm happy to jump out during lunch hour if its relevant.
teal_cuttlefish
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
All disabilities. Physical and mental. Lucky me, I've got both! :^D One of their big issues this year is Amendment 51, which if it passes will eliminate the waiting list for the developmentally disabled in need of services. There are people that have been on a waiting list for years.
celticwitch99
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
Excellent!
lillysraven
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Wow, if I had a stroller for Domi, I'd be there. As it is, an RTD driver broke it and now we are saving up for a special one for him (about $400). He just wouldn't be able to handle the crowd and such without a safe place.
teal_cuttlefish
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
Oh man! How did an RTD driver break it? Did you file an incident report and/or call to complain?

It is impressively crowded out there. If he doesn't do well with crowds, you are definitely far better off keeping him home.

Hows the housing hunt going? Have you been able to get out?
lillysraven
Aug. 27th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
The driver broke it because he didn't get close enough to the curb on one of those kneeling busses. So, when I went to get off, the stroller got wedged in between the curb and the bus. My suggestion was for me to go around to the front and him to lift from the back...but no, he just yanked it and broke the handle...off. I called, emailed, etc. and never got a response. So, we've been without a stroller since February. Domi just can't use a conventional stroller anymore as he's freaking tall (not even 4 and in a 7/8).

House hunt is in limbo until I get to Social Services this week. I have to have some sort of income to show first. Good news is I have about 8 places with subsidized housing in areas of Denver I want to live in rather than just the one. Just another waitlist, but that's okay.
feyandstrange
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
I can't be local of course, but I know some able-bodied folks who might be able to attend. Are allies welcome, and is there a public version of this post I could point them to?

Also - thanks so much for doing all this awesome democracy stuff on behalf of all of us. You rock.
teal_cuttlefish
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit late, but I'll unlock this as soon as I finish answering you. I know they want a big turnout, so I should think allies would be quite welcome; all the information I have is in the bulletin I posted.
fabula_umbrae
Sep. 13th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I've read your disclaimer (and agree to it) and think you sound interesting. I'd like to hear more of what you have to say. :)

teal_cuttlefish
Sep. 14th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Heh. A random friending! I'm guessing you found me by our common interest in cuttlefish? Sure, you sound interesting too.
fabula_umbrae
Sep. 16th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
That is exactly how I found your journal.
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