As we celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the ADA, we fight alongside our many ADAPT & NCIL friends to preserve our healthcare and Medicaid services and supports. Today, many of our friends continue the fight in DC where they have protested through the heat and rain since Sunday evening. Please read the statement below by the National Council of Independent Living and National ADPT on the Senate’s Motion to Proceed Vote. PPEHRC sends power, prayers and support as we stand solidarity with our friends in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.
Statement of National Council on Independent Living and National ADAPT on the Senate’s Motion to Proceed Vote
Yesterday, at the exact same time that the Senate voted to proceed on a bill that will strip disabled people of lives and liberty, approximately 250 advocates from ADAPT and the National Council on Independent Living were protesting the vote in the atrium of the Hart Senate office building. Capitol Police arrested 64 of our people.
We are disgusted that this bill has not yet died. Despite massive outpourings of opposition from the disability community and from the American people, Senate Republicans continue to want to debate a settled question: that the lives, liberty, and equality of disabled Americans are promised in the Constitution and secured in law.
Calling artists of all talents in North Philadelphia: PPEHRC needs your help! Instead of playing music only to line your pockets, we believe can you utilize your skills to transform society while still making a living. In preparation for the district to take on the capital, we are organizing a series of block parties. We need musicians, spoken word poets, and other artists to perform at each party. Please fill out the form linked below if you are interested:
The past week has been a huge success for PPEHRC. We started the week strong with March 4 Our Lives , the march along broad street to help end poverty and homelessness. Thousands of people joined us at 3pm on the south side of city hall , some even speaking to the crowd. On Wednesday we had a ‘fart in’ serving beans in South Philly in front of the AT&T station to the delegates who walked out of the Democratic National Convention, the beans symbolizing our belief that the two party system in America stinks!! Bloggers and reporters alike joined us as we shined light on the unfairness of the two party system in a humorous yet stimulating way. While these events took place we managed to have a somewhat successful Clintonville, even though two huge thunderstorms happened to destroy the area, forcing us to rebuild twice, we still did our best to accommodate homeless people around the Philadelphia area with makeshift homes in a field down American and Lehigh.
Overall its been an incredibly great week for PPEHRC and we feel as though we can create more success in cities around the US. PPEHRC works hard by making efforts to help homeless people, poverty is a huge issue in America and we put forth a lot of effort to lower these incredibly high statistics. Everything from protest to discussions with government officials, we make it our duty to help those who suffer through poverty and homelessness. If you would like to start a PPEHRC chapter in your very own city and can manage to gather at least 5 people who would like to participate in PPEHRC, and then contact the organization we are willing to help contribute to making the organization grow. This is a huge step towards creating more rights for people and together we can all help this organization expand!!
The press conference will be held at 10 AM on Thursday July 7 in front of the Cuyahoga Job and Family Service Building at 1641 Payne Ave, Cleveland. Please join in Cleveland for the fight against poverty.
Find the press release here
A tour beginning in Norris Square Park to reveal the effects of the war economy on the people. In a nation where the poor are excessively taxed to front the costs of war while the very machine that they fund claims inability to care for its people, the consequences are dire. The National War Tax Resistance Coordination Committee works to support people who refuse to fund wars and advocates to redirect tax dollars to promote peace and stability. The PPEHRC will cohost the event with this organization to open our eyes to the faults of the war economy.
The Physicians for Social Responsibility and the National Environmental Health Association are sponsoring a screening and discussion of This Changes Everything, a film highlighting the relationship between climate change and economics. Don’t miss this event!
Come down and celebrate Cheri’s birthday by attending PPEHRC’s fundraising event at Taco Riendo! $20 will cover the cost of your donation and dinner (BYOB). Looking forward to seeing you there!
The March for Our Lives 2016 is a call upon all victims of poverty and their allies to demand real economic change from the Democratic Party. March down broad street to challenge the Democratic Party to earn its label as the poor people’s party by reaffirming the people’s right to accessible, affordable housing, higher education, healthcare, a living wage, full restoration of city services, and more. This historic march has taken place over the past several conventions with turnout exceeding thousands of frustrated-but optimistic-Americans; join them and remind the Democrats that the people remain united to end poverty with or without their help.