Monday, November 14, 2011

Disabled and Proud at Occupy Oakland

There are plenty of videos on YouTube from the Occupy movement--that's the nature of activism and social media in 2011. But this one from Oakland is particularly good, and it includes the disabled activists who are involved. The disabled activist they interview between 2:00 and 2:30 (her name isn't given) is articulate and prepared, and puts disability in context with the other concerns of the Occupy movement:

Thanks to my friend Kathie for the link. I don't think there's a transcript for this video; I'll transcribe the segment specifically about disability activism below:

"We're here, we're loud, disabled and proud" repeated by a crowd of marchers using wheelchairs, crutches, etc.

Interviewee: "Um, I was moved to come out today because people with disabilities are being so strongly affected by cuts to the state budget, and also nationally, to Medicaid services, and it's just making it impossible to live independently because the cutbacks are so severe."

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