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Marta Russell: The Social Movement Left Out

It is disheartening, to say the least, when I can still pick up a book or read a call for unity to fight for social justice which omits or does not give equal weight to the disability social movement against oppression. Here is one recent call for forming alliances with various groups in the struggle. Read more…

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Marta Russell: Supremes Disable, Part 2

In March, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said the Supreme Court’s 2001-2002 term will likely be remembered as the “disabilities act term” for all the cases dealing with the civil rights law. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination against disabled persons in public and private employment, requires employers to provide a reasonable Read more…

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Marta Russell: Supremes Continue to Disable Disabled: Part One of Two

Listening to Elouise Cobell of the Blackfeet Nation on Democracy Now (April 29) describe how native Americans have been cheated out of their government-run trust fund income by the federal government it occurred to me that Native American people and disabled people share a common grievance when it comes to government enforcement of the law. Read more…

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Marta Russell: A Big Mess in California: Without Health Care People Are Going to Die

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: Affordable Accessible Housing Needs to Be on Housing Advocates’ 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: 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: 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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