Statement in Opposition and Questions about Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)
October 19, 2017
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Tenants gathered at a Statewide Renters Assembly in Alameda over the September 23-24 weekend. Ava and Fernando Nadal were there, gearing up to lead an attack on the landlord demon law, Costa Hawkins* with ACCE Sacramento. This, despite an impending loss of their home and Fernando’s upcoming major surgery. Adrienne Lauby talks with them.
If you’ve been asked to “tell your story” to a funder or politician, stick around for Sheela Gunn-Cushman’s essay. If you’ve ever asked a consumer, client
or constituent to “tell your story,” you must listen as Sheela explores the grueling, degrading and thankless nature of this activist tool many of us rely on.
*Costa Hawkins is a state-wide law that limits the number, type and age of homes that can be covered by rent control. It was passed in the late ’90s at the request of landlord and realtor groups. Local groups working for rent control and just cause eviction find it a major barrier to success.
Protest of AirBnB
Hats off to a coalition of advocates for disabled people, seniors and tenants who rallied at the San Francisco headquarters of Airbnb on Oct.19. Despite Airbnb’s $30 billion dollar market value, Airbnb’s hosts routinely discriminate against people with disabilities. There’s nothing innovative or disruptive about discrimination, and there’s no law protecting a ‘platform’s’ right to embrace it.” Bob Planthold said, “Airbnb is a dominant player in the travel industry. It’s past time for the corporation to assume responsibility for ensuring all travelers have access to its accommodations.”
For more on this issue, contact Senior and Disability Action in San Francisco. Their phone is (415) 546-1333.
IHSS Draconian Restrictions on the Way
Due to new Federal requirements under the CURES Act, California will soon monitor the coming and going of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) recipients and our care providers with some form of a call-in system for monitoring and tracking when an IHSS recipient’s care provider arrives to clock in and out for work, verifies the presence of the IHSS recipient, verifies or tracks the location of the recipient, and demands to know the services (tasks) rendered or delivered to the IHSS recipient during the providers’ working hours.
There will be a series of stakeholder meetings in Sacramento to help plan these changes. The first one is:
Thursday, Oct. 12
10 am – noon
CDSS, 744 P St.,
OB8, Room 235/237
If you plan to attend in person, RSVP Jeffery Berndt at firstname.lastname@example.org
To attend by phone, contact Kim Rutledge at Kim.Rutledge@dss.ca.gov
Those of us with disabilities who are IHSS recipients should look at these regulations and provide input and feedback as we will be impacted by this Big Brother regulatory oversight of our lives. We can only presume that this paternalistic approach to monitoring the coming and going of our IHSS providers (and waiver providers) will result in an infringement of our freedom of mobility and how we will be forced to live our lives on a short leash or under some adverse system of tracking with calling in or out which is similar to a criminal wearing an ankle bracelet.
Axis Dance 30th Anniversary Performance
Hold the last weekend of Oct. The disabled and non-disabled, mixed-ability group, Axis Dance, is celebrating their 30th anniversary with performances titled “Onward and Upward.” It’s a program of three dances, including one by their new Artistic Director, Mark Brew. That one was created in collaboration with JooWan Kim, artistic director of the Hip-Hop Orchestra. That’s Axis Dance performances — the last week of October.
This program produced and hosted by Sheela Gunn-Cushman and Adrienne Lauby.
Original Air Date: 9-29-17SHARE
Due to a new Federal requirement The CURES bill, California will soon monitor the coming and going of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) recipients and our care providers with some form of a call-in system for monitoring and tracking when an IHSS recipient’s care provider arrives to clock in and out for work, verifies the presence of the IHSS recipient, verifies or tracks the location of the recipient, and demands to know the services (tasks) rendered or delivered to the IHSS recipient during the providers’ working hours.
There will be a stakeholder meeting in Sacramento to help plan these changes.
Thursday, Oct. 12
10 a.m.-noon CDSS
744 P St.
Sacramento. OB 8, Room 235/237
If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP to email@example.com
To attend by phone, contact: Kim Rutledge at Kim.Rutledge@dss.ca.gov
Those of us with disabilities who are IHSS recipients should look at these regulations and provide input and feedback as we will be impacted by this Big Brother regulatory oversight of our)lives. We can only presume that this paternalistic approach to monitoring the coming and going of our IHSS providers (and waiver providers) will result in an infringement of our freedom of mobility and how we will be forced to live our lives on a short leash or under some adverse system of tracking with calling in or out similar to a criminal wearing an ankle bracelet.
If the state fails to comply with these new regulations, the state will lose federal funding.
Thanks to Connie Arnold for this information.SHARE
Friday, September 22, 2-3 pm PST, KPFA radio
Police march down the boulevard chanting “Whose Street? Our Street,” and Oklahoma City police gun down Magdiel Sanchez, a developmentally disabled deaf man, despite neighbors who yell, “He can’t hear you.” All this in a week when the Republican congress hopes to pass a health care bill that will radically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid, health care for poor and disabled people.
Afraid yet? It’s time to take a stand for ourselves and for each other.
This week, we’ll be talking to two women with disabilities who have taken a stand: Helga Spizman, a activist holocaust survivor, and Anita Cameron, an ADAPT organizer who is headed to Washington D.C. this weekend to protest the Cassidy-Graham health care bill.
Young Helga Spizman spent World War II look for hiding places as her father obsessed about his decision to move to England, which he expected the Nazis to overrun. After the Trump election, she attended the Women’s March and pussy hats emerged from her knitting needles like flowers popping up in the spring.
Anita Cameron, whose blog is called “Musings of an Angry Black Woman”, has been arrested a heroic 129 times in the non-violent struggle for justice. An organizer for ADAPT, the disability movement’s civil disobedience arm, she’s been involved in social change activism and community organizing for 36 years.
We talk to these role model women about their fears, their history and their expectations for something better. And, we’ll talk to you about supporting Pushing Limits by becoming a member of KPFA.
Produced by Shelley Berman and Adrienne Lauby. Hosted by the Pushing Limits collective.SHARE
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Trump has something special in mind for poor people and the disability community as he moves into the Federal budget season with a tax reform agenda. Cuts! We’re not talking about paring knife slices you usually notice over time. It’s bayonets, weed wackers, bulldozers and tanks — that kind of cuts.
What cuts Trump can get from his right wing, but fractured, majority in the legislature is an open question. But, we need to know what he plans for the disability community and who is making plans to stand up to him.
We talk to Lindsay Baran, policy analyst with the National Council on Independent Living in Washington, D.C., for the answers.
With thoughts about AC Transit, the Alameda County bus system, from Josh Elwood.
Produced and hosted by Mark Romoser and Sheela Gunn-Cushman.
Original air date: 9-1-17SHARE
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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (she/they) is a queer disabled non-binary femme writer and cultural worker of Burger/ Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/ Roma ascent is the guest. Her work has been widely published, most recently in The Deaf Poets Society, Glitter and Grit and Octavia’s Brood. Her memoir, Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home was praised as a “gritty, glorious, multi-layered story of homecoming and self-healing.”
Currently a lead artist with the disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid, she teaches, performs and lectures across North America.
Primarily, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarashinha is a self-described weirdo who writes about survivorhood, disability justice, transformative justice, queer femme of color lives and Sri Lankan diaspora while sitting in her room.
Well. . . perhaps we will get some “weirdo” crip conversation when guest Leah Lakshmi teams up with Pushing Limits producer Eddie Ytuarte for this half hour interview.
Produced by Eddie Ytuarte.
original air date: 8-18-17SHARE
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Phoebe Fico, a disabled woman, is currently playing one of the classic disability theatrical roles, that of Laura in Tennessee Williams, “The Glass Menagerie.” The production by Cal Shakes utilizes a multi-racial cast to portray the conflicts of this thinly-veiled autobiography set during Williams’ younger years.
Phoebe Fico, a disability activist and poet as well as an actor, joins us to discuss what has and has not changed since Williams penned this play in the early 1940s.
“The Glass Menagerie” is the story of Williams’ conflict between caring for his sister and moving into the larger world. It became his breakthrough play. After he left home, his sister was lobotomized and then she lived in an institution for the rest of her life. What might have happened if he had stayed?
Williams, himself, was disabled. As a child, he was too sick to attend public school and he suffered a mental breakdown shortly before leaving home for good. How did his disability affect his decision to leave his mentally disabled sister behind? What might have happened if he had connected with Laura about their shared experience rather than helping to identify her as the family problem?
How do all these dynamics play out in a multi-racial world? Williams was white but the multi-racial cast of this production forces us to consider what would have been different, (and what would have been the same), for a black family.
Williams was white but this refreshing multi-racial cast forces us to consider these questions as they play out in communities of color.
We talk to Phoebe Fico about these and other issues and we’ll listen to some of her poetry.
“The Glass Menagerie” is in its final weeks at the beautiful outdoor Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda, California. It plays every day except Monday through July 30 with a generous sprinkling of matinee performances. For tickets and other information, go to www.calshakes.org.
Produced and hosted by Adrienne Lauby
Original air date: 7-21-17SHARE
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The Myth is that homeless people are older white men with addiction problems. The Reality is that nearly half of homeless people (in one local community – 41%) live with a disability.
The Myth is that homeless people travel from place to place looking for the best deal from local communities. The Reality is that most homeless people (in one community – 79%) live in the place where they once had a home.
The Myth is that homeless people just want to party and don’t want to be responsible people. The Reality is that most homeless people (in one community – 71%) are homeless because they can’t afford the rent.
The community where these statistics come from is Sonoma County, California. Wine Country, as it’s known to the tourists. Sonoma County: One of the richest counties in the richest country on earth. Sonoma County: Where three thousand people are homeless.
We’ll talk about Sonoma County’s and Santa Rosa’s innovative local-sized attempts to improve the lives of homeless people at the same time they increase enforcement of so-called anti-camping laws and clean up a long-time homeless encampment.
We’ll give you ways you can do something positive for the homeless in your local area as well as examples of inhumane activities you’ll want to stand against.
John Creager, a member of a local church congregation who worked to bring a sanctioned homeless encampment to church property. John is also a member of Homeless Action!, a local grassroots activist group.
Produced and Hosted by Adrienne Lauby
Statistics from the Sonoma County Homeless Census of 2017.
Air date: July 7, 2017SHARE
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If you were inspired last week by the disability activists who sat in Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s office until they were dragged away from their wheelchairs, you’ll want to hear Anita Cameron of ADAPT talk about the deep history, the strategy and the future plans of these protesters. Her website is called, Musings of an Angry Black Woman.
President Trump and the Republican Party are coming closer to the destruction or extreme weakening of the Affordable Health Care Act, which includes ObamaCare & Medi-Cal. California leaders say their success would deny health insurance to between five and ten million people, including many poor people and people who live with disabilities.
Anita Cameron, a veteran activist with ADAPT, talks about the resistance in the disability community to these Republican efforts. She has been involved in social change activism and community organizing for 36 years. In 1986, Cameron joined ADAPT, a national, grassroots disability rights organization. She’s served as a national organizer, strategist and police negotiator and has been arrested a heroic 129 times in the non-violent struggle for justice.
Eddie Ytuarte produced and hosts.
Original air date: 6-30-17SHARE