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Marta Russell: A Brief History of Wal-Mart and Disability Discrimination

Wal-Mart was recently busted for disability discrimination in hiring – again. In January the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed lawsuit against the retail giant for discriminating against Steven J. Bradley, when he applied for a job at Wal-Mart in Richmond, Missouri. Bradley has cerebral palsy and uses crutches or a wheelchair as mobility aids. Read more…

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Marta Russell: Bush Billions to Turkey

Governors, who’ve been told by President Bush to go home and stare at their own budget spreadsheets, ought to take a look at the president’s spending plans and start screaming bloody murder! Because it seems that many states – foreign states – are going to get the dollars they so badly need to save so Read more…

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Marta Russell: No Nursing Homes On Wheels

The subject of this panel is the 1999 Olmstead Supreme Court decision that declared  “unnecessary institutionalization is discrimination” under the Americans with Disabilities Act and  that directed states to provide services in the “least restrictive  environment”Because disability emancipation has not received as much attention as other liberation movements I will take a few moments to Read more…

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Marta Russell: Disablement, Prison, and Historical Segregation

The story of disablement and the prison industrial complex must begin with a trail of telling numbers: a disproportionate number of persons incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails are disabled. Though Census Bureau data suggest that disabled persons represent roughly one-fifth of the total population, prevalence of disability among prisoners is startlingly higher, for reasons Read more…

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Marta Russell: Jury Duty

No one really wanted to do jury duty except me. Per my summons I reported at 8 am to the jury administration room of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Only I was almost late because of an access problem. The parking attendants had directed us all to Level B. Dozens of prospective jurors in Read more…

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Marta Russell: A Big Mess In California

The 2002-2003 state budget winds blow cold in sunny California for low-income families, elderly, and disabled residents. The state was riding the crest of a financial wave until the collapse of the dot-com economy which caused stocks to dive and wiped out a part of the California tax base reducing state revenue. Texas billionaires in Read more…

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Marta Russell: Affordable Accessible Housing Needs To Be On Housing Radar Screen

Affordable housing was already at a crisis point pre-S11 during the economic “boom.” Now in the recession, people are being pink-slipped and losing their jobs by the tens of thousands. The Bush economic stimulus bail out plan does nothing for laid off workers rather it is a giveaway of taxpayer dollars to the richest corporations Read more…

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Marta Russell: Docs Refuse Medicare

I know without having to read the New York Times that docs are refusing to take Medicare patients because as an under 65 year old on Medicare due to disability I’ve been on the losing end of that stick for years. “For the first time” the New York Times reports significant numbers of doctors are Read more…

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Marta Russell: Using Them Up And Throwing Them Away

Former Toyota engine fabrication assembly line worker Ella Williams just got the shaft from the Supreme Court and as a consequence so have tens of thousands of workers who will need but will no longer have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect them in the event of a disabling impairment such as carpal Read more…

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Marta Russell: Damn Lies

Economist/pundits, distanced from the harsh realities of the now official recession, talk of the rising numbers of unemployed as if there is no human cost to the “natural” business cycle. Worse, they act as public relations agents for capitalism; they lie by omission. The big lie on National Public Radio (NPR) this morning (Dec. 3) Read more…

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