Ongoing Occupation Needs You!

This Saturday, October 15, the next large rally is planned in support of OccupyChico. So far, the disability community has been largely absent from the rallies and ongoing occupation. This is the issue of our time. We absolutely need to be part of the effort.

Occupy Chico gets vocal at 2nd & Broadway 10-5-11

ILSNC director, Evan LeVang, sees hope in the Occupy Movement for re-activating the long-dormant disability community.  “Over the past few years it has become clear that – despite our best efforts at community organizing – too many members of the disability community simply don’t participate in the effort to save disability programs from budget-cutting state legislators.  Sadly, as threatened and actual program cuts have become more severe over the past few years, our local disability community has  actually become less active and less visable.  People tell me that they feel exhausted, beaten-down and powerless in the face of unrelenting cuts made by legislators unwilling to consider alternatives to gutting social programs in order to balance the state budget.  But people need to understand that it’s going to get much worse – and happen very soon – if we don’t start taking action and getting involved.  In the current state budget agreement there are “trigger cuts” to programs like In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) set to take place in December if certain tax revenue levels are not met.  We could be looking at a  20% cut in IHSS services if we simply sit back and hope for the best.  This would be a catastrophic disruption in people’s lives,” says LeVang.

He continues, “IHSS is just one of several programs that people with disabilities depend on that are facing deep cuts.  But rather than becoming despondent about our prospects for the future, we now have a reason for hope – an incredible opportunity to re-engage and push back – through the emerging “Occupy” movement.   I’m calling upon people with disabilities, our families, friends and allies to show up to lend your presence and your support to the Occupy Chico, Occupy Redding or Occupy wherever this Saturday, October 15.”

We must all get out front and center to ensure our visibility. If we fail to show up, we risk being forgotten in all the commotion. Only by showing up frequently and verbalizing our issues will we have the chance to be part of the change we need. This is far more effective than begging legislators for mercy. See you at the  Occupation!

For more information, visit OccupyChico on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/occupychico/

Come Down to Chico’s “Wall Street” on Saturday

You are part of the 99%.  People living with disabilities need relief, too.  Come out this Saturday to join the “Occupy Chico” movement.  We are allied with the national movement to reclaim our power.  Join us at the “Chico Hands.”  Meet at 10 AM @ the corner of 4th & Wall St.  We will “Occupy Wall Street” for a second Saturday.  For updated information, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/occupychico

Inspirational Words from Dr. Cornel West at “Occupy Wall St.” Protest, Sep 27

 
“The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.”
― Cornel West

Sep. 19, 2011: Hundreds of Disability Medicaid Activists Storm Offices of U.S. Reps. Hensaling and Camp

Washington, DC — Building on a protest earlier today at the WhiteHouse 
in response to the President’s debt plan, the national disability rights
group ADAPT is now at the Cannon House Office Building at Independence and
1st Avenues demanding that Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Michigan), two of the House Republican Super Committee members
work with them, to ensure that Medicaid dollars are invested in
cost-saving community supports.

“I am personally offended that Congressional Republicans, especially one
from my state, think deficit reduction should only come from spending cuts
to critical programs, including Medicaid,” said Michelle Dooley of Forth
Worth, Texas, near the district of Super Committee Co-Chair Hensarling.
“My 26 year old son uses home services funded by Medicaid. Without these services, he would have to go back to the state institution, where his
behavioral issues dramatically escalate. Millionaires and billionaires
don’t face the same threat my son and I do. They should pay their fair
share to get our fiscal house in order andreduce the deficit.”

“Community-based Medicaid services give us independence, health care, help
our families stay together, and provide jobs,” said Randy Alexander of
Memphis ADAPT. “States have already made significant cuts to Medicaid. How
many more people with disabilities and seniors must lose our basic
freedoms and lives in order to have done our share?”

Visit the ADAPT website for further information: http://www.adapt.org

Health Care For All Regional Planning Conference Saturday, Sep. 17, 2011

Planning for REAL health care reform will take place this Saturday in Chico, CA.  Sponsored by Health Care for All-California and the Butte County Health Care Coalition.  Join us 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Valley Oaks Village, 1950 Wild Oak Lane, Chico 95928 in the conference room.  Delicious organic breakfast and  lunch will be served.  $15 donation per participant ($5 for students).  Excellent guest speakers, educational workshops, strategy sessions and a closing, open-mic period are on the agenda.  ILSNC Executive Director, Evan LeVang, will lead two afternoon strategy workshops. 

Whether it’s called “Single-Payer” or “Medicare for All”  … we call it “our necessary future!”  Join us this Saturday to help make it happen. 

For more information, visit the Butte County Health Care Coalition page on facebook (you do facebook, don’t you?) http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/196252090421497/

or call ILSNC at 530-893-8527 (800-464-8527) and ask for Evan. 

Butte County Health Care Coalition President and conference organizer, Forest Harlan, adds, “We hope to see you this Saturday.  We will combine excellent food with fantastic new ideas on successful organizing in the North State.  The food alone will be worth the cost of $15.  The fellowship and inspiration is available at no extra cost.  Please come see us on Saturday.  Last year’s meeting was great.  We hope to exceed expectations again.”

Don’t Destroy the American Dream

North State Residents Stand in Opposition to the Debt Ceiling Deal
On Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 12 noon North State residents of the Rebuild The Dream Movement will gather at Representative Wally Herger’s office, located at 2595 Ceanothus Ave. in Chico, Ca. to protest the recent Debt Ceiling Deal made by Congress.
North State residents oppose the deal because it doesn’t raise taxes on America’s wealthy- who are now taking home a larger share of total income and wealth, and whose tax rates are already lower than they have been in eighty years. Yet it puts the nation’s most important safety nets and public investments on the chopping block.  The Debt Ceiling Deal hurts the most vulnerable of North State residents: the elderly, people with disabilities, children and working families – we cannot afford any more cuts to vital human services while ignoring corporate tax loopholes and avoiding raising taxes on America’s most wealthy.

Rebuild The Dream Movement is comprised of North State residents who are calling on Congress to pass a Clean Debt Ceiling increase so that America doesn’t default – no more cuts to vital human services, close corporate tax loopholes and have America’s wealthy and corporations pay their fair share.

Keep Medicare!

On Tuesday, July 26th dozens of Chico residents gathered at Representative Wally Herger’s office to urge him to vote on raising the debt ceiling through 2012 and to vote for a balanced budget that includes spending cuts and revenue raising measures. The group strongly stated that compromise is the essence of a democratic society.
Participants signed a group letter stating their requests for keeping Medical and the necessary health and human services that are the cornerstones of North State communities.  Personal concerns and comments were written and submitted to his office assists to be delivered to the Representative.  If you would like to share your concerns, email Representative Wally Herger at: http://www.herger.house.gov

New State Budget Passed – Deep Cuts Continue

ILSNC staffers Deborah Uhl and Jonathan Hague hold sign that reads "Fair Budget"On June 30th Gov. Brown signed state budget bills for FY 2011-12.  On a straight party-line vote, made possible by last year’s Proposition 25, all Legislative Democrats voted for the budget, while not one Republican chose to do so.  In order to pass the budget without any revenue increases, further deep cuts were made to Health and Human Services programs, Public Education and many other areas.  Programs that support low-income people with disabilities were hit particularly hard, including IHSS, SSI/SSP and MediCAL.  ILSNC / DOGFITE Northern California State Budget Alliance strongly oppose these unnecessary cuts and will continue to advocate for a fair and balanced state budget.  Visit the California Budget Project webiste for details on the budget: www.cbp.org

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