It’s been a rough week. I have been watching H.R. 620 since 2017, but there wasn’t much talk because bills just like it have been popping up since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990.
I think many of us were too quiet and complacent up until the end. But the House is just one side of the equation.
ADAPTers and other members of the disability community did amazing work over the summer to secure our healthcare and we need to do it again. It is time to make the idea of passing this bill as vile to the Senate as it is to the people.
There’s a poem I love in the play FOR COLORED GIRLS By Ntozake Shange called “Somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff” and while the context is different it’s how I feel.
Congress is trying to walk off with alla our stuff. Stuff that was fought for. Stuff that was protested for. Stuff that was chained to doors and crawled up stairs for. The Americans with Disabilities Act was won with bloodied knees and sore throats and it is time to protect it.
It may have passed the House, but we must let the Senate know that is not okay. We must keep the momentum building and the pressure on.
We MUST –
Make phone calls
Post on Facebook
Write press releases
Protest outside of offices
Do what you know you can do. I will do my best to do my part too. I plan to post further updates as this bill moves forward, as well as share resources for reaching out here and on Twitter.
To start, a list of all US Senators. Reach out to the ones in your state.
State Senators’ Twitter Accounts
Resistbot is a great tool if you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable reaching out through phone or mail. Text RESIST to 50409 to send messages to your representatives.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is holding their REVUP campaign to get people with disabilities registered to vote. They will have statewide coalitions to help #cripthevote. More information is available here
National Council on Independent Living issued a statement you can read here.
A statement from the ACLU can be read here.