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The Americans with Disabilities Act Is Under Threat

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President Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990 / Photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • There’s no entity in charge of ensuring that businesses comply with the ADA. So the onus is almost always on people with disabilities to challenge violations.
  • Related: Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty?

 

Kristin Miller, Moyers & Company / Portside

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http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_129978953.jpg September 22, 2017 | The optics were bad enough when disabled Americans were being dragged out of capital buildings as they protested potential loss of benefits in the first two iterations of Republican health care bills. For the protestors it was all about Medicaid. The Senate bill did away with Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion which would drop millions of low-income Americans from the rolls. And the bill completely changed the way Medicaid is financed — getting rid of open-ended funding and moving toward a “per-capita” system. The new Graham-Cassidy bill under consideration needs to be voted on within the next week to get an easy pass with just 51 votes. Like its predecessors, it also halts Medicaid expansion and turns Medicaid dollars over to the states to determine spending.

But disability advocates have even more reason to be distressed by the policies of the Republican administration. Long a dream of the Chamber of Commerce, the real estate industry and those who see “frivolous lawsuits” around every corner, the Americans with Disabilities Act is in danger of having its bite removed. Just after celebrating the 27th birthday of the act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, up pops (H.R. 620) The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.

Kristin Miller is a senior producer for Billmoyers.com. She has worked on Now with Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason, Moyers on America and Bill Moyers Journal. She’s also been a producer for TED, Sesame Street and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty? Henry Giroux, Rise Up Times / Salon / Moyers & Company

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  • Fighting back against the right’s politics of exclusion can be a path toward rebuilding American democracy.
  • It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.
  • Related: There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

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Gaither Stewart | When The Revolution Comes

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  • The Historical Gastonia Textile Mill Strikes Are Not Forgotten
  • Related: These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists

 

Gaither Stewart, Dandelion Salad

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June 22, 2017 | When in the early part of this millennium I was writing a rather surrealistic novel, ASHEVILLE, about the town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina where I started out my life, I ran into the story of the Asheville-based self-professed Communist writer, Olive Tilford Dargan, of whom I had never heard before. Visiting then her gravesite in the little known Green Hills Cemetery in West Asheville and researching her and her activities I fell into a gossamer review of early 19th century labor struggles in the good old U.S. South.

Here I want to share this bit of labor history—its passion, its shortcomings and failures, to shed some light on what might be the future. But first some words by and about Dargan. Back during one of the fervid witch hunts of native Communists, she wrote this in a novel.

Gaither Stewart, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists, Peter Cole, In These Times

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  • The labor movement has been greatly weakened by decades of anti-unionism, but the ILWU and Local 10 remain unbowed. Other unions should follow their lead. And, for the 89 percent of American workers not in unions, they must be reminded that individual acts of resistance—while noble—are nowhere as effective as collective action. Sadly, there will be many more opportunities to act.
  • Related: Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions

 

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AIM Leader Dennis Banks Walks On

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Dennis J. Banks: 1937 – 2017 Dennis Banks addresses the rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Native News Online photo by Weldon Grover.

Banks co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul twin city area. At the tail-end of the Civil Rights Movement, AIM became a powerful force in Indian Country bringing attention to the dismal living conditions and abuse American Indians faced in the United States.

Levi Rickert, Native News Online

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October 30, 2017 | Dennis J. Banks (Ojibwe), whose American Indian name was Nowa Cumig, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), actor, lecturer and author, has walked on and has begun his journey to the spirit world from complications developed after open heart surgery last week. He was surrunded by family and friends at the time of his death. He passed away at 10:10 p.m. – CDT. Banks was 80 years old.

His family released this statement:

“Our father Dennis J. Banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 pm on October 29, 2017.

Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online.

4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

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  • Police don’t need better training; they need to stop treating noncompliance as justification for violence.
  • Related: It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant.

David M. Perry, The Nation

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http://cdn.thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/30163700/Police-Have-Not-Been-Held-Accountable3-1125x635.jpg September 22, 2017 | Magdiel Sanchez, a 35-year-old Latino man, was sitting on his porch in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night as two law-enforcement officers approached his house. He got up and walked toward them, when, according to news reports and a statement, the officers noticed he was holding a metal pipe. They started giving him “verbal commands” to lie down, then one fired his Taser and the other shot him in the chest with his sidearm. Sanchez died. Officers later claimed not to have heard neighbors shouting that Sanchez was deaf and couldn’t hear their commands.

The police were there because allegedly Sanchez’s father had been in a hit-and-run (injuring property, not people, if the accusations are true). Sanchez carried the pipe, neighbors said, to ward off dogs. He was deaf and reportedly developmentally disabled. In a statement, the ACLU said, “Magdiel Sanchez was shot at his own home, without having committed any crime, and in front of neighbors who knew he was deaf trying to communicate to the police that what they were about to do was wrong.”

David M. Perry is a journalist and historian. His blog is How Did We Get Into This Mess.

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It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: No country for people with disabilities
  • The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles. (These cuts) would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome.
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Disabled People to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant
  • If you’re wondering why I’m asking you to be these things, the answer is very simple: you are a real person, not an idea or concept.
  • Related: Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

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Urge the Supreme Court to Stop LGBT discrimination

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Mississippi just passed a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT Americans.

And it's already taken effect! 

Sign on right away to urge the Supreme Court to strike down LGBT discrimination.

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October 11, 2017 | Friends, this is really really bad:

Mississippi’s HB 1523, a bill that legalizes LGBT discrimination, has been called the worst anti-LGBT law in the country. 

And now, only the Supreme Court can stop it. 

No!! We need a massive wave of grassroots pressure on the Courts to overturn this horrific legislation.

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Religious fanatics in Mississippi are using “religious freedom” to codify discrimination against our community into law.

This heinous bill permits doctors, lawyers, adoption agencies, schools, and landlords to turn away people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

This is downright toxic. No one deserves to live their life as a second-class citizen, simply because of who they are.

And the sad truth is, this despicable bill has enormous support in the Mississippi legislature. And it’s already taken effect!

But listen -- LGBT activists in Mississippi are fighting back, and HB 1523 could be headed to the Supreme Court. 

Yes!! We still have a shot at striking down this backwards legislation.
But the harsh truth is, it’s going to take an immense amount of pressure to make this happen.



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Fighting the Far Right – Socialist Strategy and Tactics

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    Physically confronting the quasi-fascist elements of the alt-right is a necessity. But limiting oneself to small-scale street battles misses the wider struggle we’re facing. We need to defend not only against fascists, but ICE raids and police repression. We need to build the capability of organizing mass strikes. We need to build a party of the 99% that can take on, not only the fascists, but Trump and the whole billionaire class. We need to fight, not only the far right, but the conditions that allow the far right to grow.

  • Related: These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists

 

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June 12, 2017 | As Trump has launched attack after attack on working people and the oppressed, he has fomented racist, sexist, and xenophobic hysteria to boost support for those attacks. Many have accused Trump of fascism. But alongside Trump’s attacks we have seen the growth of far-right forces that much more closely fit the fascist label. In the first ten days after Trump’s election, the Southern Poverty Law Center counted 867 hate incidents, the vast majority of them celebrating Trump’s election. Fascist, neo-Nazi, and white nationalist organizations have popped out of the woodwork, sometimes under the guise of the so-called “alt right.”

The rise of the far right in the U.S. is part of a wider growth of far-right and fascist forces across the world. This has been particularly pronounced in countries like Greece and Hungary where explicitly fascist parties have been able to gain as high as 20% support in national elections. As the term “fascist” has increasingly devolved into a vacuous epithet used against any politician someone doesn’t like, the reality of actual fascist and far-right forces on the ground has come as a rude awakening for many. And the question of fighting the far right has come back on the agenda.

George Martin Fell Brown, a longstanding member of Socialist Alternative, is a graduate student and teaching assistant in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a steward in the Teaching Assistants’ Association (American Federation of Teachers, Local 3220).

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These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists, Peter Cole, In These Times 

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  • The labor movement has been greatly weakened by decades of anti-unionism, but the ILWU and Local 10 remain unbowed. Other unions should follow their lead. And, for the 89 percent of American workers not in unions, they must be reminded that individual acts of resistance—while noble—are nowhere as effective as collective action. Sadly, there will be many more opportunities to act.
  • Related: Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions

 

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