We need to be a visible presence at the OccupyChico camp. The disability rights movement has historically been part of broader social justice issues going back to the 1960’s. We have been an integral aspect of the historical civil rights campaigns. With the birth and growth of the Occupy movement, we have an opportunity to embed ourselves into this new movement. To do so will give us the chance to secure additional rights to employment, housing, living assistance and other necessities of dignified living.
It seems as though many consumers and service providers are feeling beaten down and depressed after years of fighting the cuts in services from the State of California. It has been said that activism is the best cure for depression and feelings of powerlessness. Instead of fighting losing battles over the budget cuts all by ourselves, now is the chance to engage in the Occupy movement to secure new allies in the struggle to save our lifeline programs and services. See you at the encampment. General assemblies are held at 7 PM nightly on the sidewalk near 4th St along Broadway.
In other cities, disabled people have been active in their Occupy encampments and marches. ILSNC participated in a conference call this week to learn about the involvement of disabled activists in the Occupy movement in other cities. We heard from activists in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Oakland and San Francisco. In those cities, disabled people have taken leadership roles.
Evan LeVang and others from ILSNC have been marching on Saturdays in support of the OccupyChico encampment. Included is a picture taken at last week’s march downtown. Our numbers are growing locally, nationally and everywhere else.
The movement needs you and you need the movement. Join us this Saturday at Noon at the Hands sculpture (4th & Wall St) for a march and rally.