Support Disability Rights!

OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION FOR Wednesday, February 7th

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

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As Rep. Jayapal often says, we need to offer “propositions not just opposition.” The Disability Integration Act (DIA) proposes fundamental civil rights legislation for the disability community, as its passage would prohibit discrimination against “individuals with disabilities who need long-term services and supports.” It is the highest legislative priority of ADAPT, the disability rights organization whose activists helped stop ACA repeal by chaining their wheelchairs to Mitch McConnell’s office furniture.

Under the DIA, states and insurance providers would be required to first pay for home and community-based services, and to offer to pay for home and community-based services for people who currently reside in institutions or nursing homes. This means that it will be easier for disabled people to get the support and services they need without ending up in institutions, segregated from the larger population, stripped of their freedom to live independent lives.  The DIA has 16 Senate Democratic co-sponsors, and 72 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House, so it is baffling that our Members of Congress are not on-record supporting this important civil rights legislation.

Action:  Ask Our Members of Congress to Co-sponsor the Disability Integration Act!

Sen.. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106; Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901; Renton - 425-793-5180

Sample Script

“Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I’m calling to ask [MOC NAME] to support the civil rights of millions of people with disabilities across the country by becoming a cosponsor of the Disability Integration Act (S. 910/ H.R. 2472). This bipartisan, bicameral legislation secures the civil liberties of Americans with disabilities by ensuring that they have the choice to receive home and community based services and supports. Can you ask [NAME] to sign on as a co-sponsor soon?”

References

http://www.disabilityintegrationact.org/fact-sheet/

https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-disability-activists-are-playing-the-long-game-under-trump

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/910/

Extra-credit  Disability Rights Action (while you are calling Rep.s Jayapal and Smith): “No” on HR 620

HR 620, the misleadingly-named ADA Education and Reform Act, may come to a vote on the House floor very soon. The bill would remove any real incentive for businesses to remove barriers to disability access by imposing long waiting periods before barriers to access could be challenged in court. Thank Rep. Jayapal for opposing the bill in committee and ask both Representatives to vote “no.”

http://www.ndrn.org/public-policy/ada-a-civil-rights.html

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Good News

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand the Pennsylvania Supreme Court‘s order to fix Pennsylvania’s Republican-gerrymandered electoral map before the 2018 elections

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/05/583373004/supreme-court-pass-means-pennsylvania-must-redraw-congressional-maps-in-10-days

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