Center for American Progress

EVENT ADVISORY: 2017: The Year the Disability Community Reshaped Progressive Politics
Press Advisory

EVENT ADVISORY: 2017: The Year the Disability Community Reshaped Progressive Politics

Washington, D.C. — Throughout 2017, disability rights activists have visibly been on the front lines of the resistance, most notably with ADAPT protesters literally putting their bodies on the line to save the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. This is hardly a new phenomenon: From education and health care to employment, transportation, and other issues, leaders such as Fannie Lou Hamer, Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN), and ADAPT activists have connected disability rights into the broader movement work.

While ideas such as self-care and paid leave are often viewed as cutting-edge proposals, they have existed as cultural norms across various disability rights movements for decades. The ongoing push for community-based mental health care has demonstrated the ability of people with mental health conditions to contribute to society and live with dignity. And most recently, ADAPT protesters’ actions throughout the health care fight have reignited discussions on the value of civil disobedience at a time when lives are truly on the line. In the face of conservatives repeated attacks against the most marginalized communities, the promising practices, solidarity, and perseverance in the work of the disability rights movement offers valuable lessons to be learned.

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., the Center for American Progress will host a panel of disability rights advocates to discuss what progressives can learn from the disability rights movement—and how it can strengthen the work of sibling movements.


Introductory remarks:
Rebecca Vallas, Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Neal Carter, Founder, Nu View Consulting
Mia Ives-Rublee, Founder and Coordinator, Women’s March on Washington Disability Caucus
Katherine Perez, Co-Founder, National Coalition for Latinx with Disabilities
Bruce Darling, Co-Founder and President/Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Disability Rights, Inc., ADAPT

Moderated by:
Rebecca Cokley, Senior Fellow, Disability Policy, Center for American Progress


Tuesday, November 14, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Devon Kearns at 202.741.6290 or [email protected].