NATIONAL CROSS-DISABILITY, DISABILITY-LED COALITION RELEASES AGENDA THAT INCLUDES CCA!
Today, the Justice for All Action Network (JFAAN) is releasing a comprehensive agenda that calls for eliminating the institutional bias by passing the Community Choice Act (S683/HR1670)! JFAAN's cohesive policy agenda has three major themes: 1) safeguard human rights and respect human dignity, 2) enhance self-determination, and 3) make technology work for everyone.
JFAAN is a coalition led by 13 national organizations run by people with disabilities with identifiable grassroots constituencies around the country. The steering committee of JFAAN includes ADAPT, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the American Council of the Blind, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the Hearing Loss Association of America, Little People of America, the National Association of the Deaf, the National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer Survivor Organizations, the National Council on Independent Living, the National
Federation of the Blind, Not Dead Yet, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, and the United Spinal Association.
At 12:30 pm, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-5) and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) will join leaders from JFAAN at a press conference in the Capitol Visitors Center where the group will outline their legislative agenda of the disability community for the 2010 Congressional Session. Senator Harkin is the
Senate sponsor of the Community Choice Act in the Senate, and Representative McMorris Rodgers is a cosponsor of the CCA in the House of Representatives, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has not yet signed on to CCA.
CALL TO ACTION: ASK THE HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER TO COSPONSOR CCA!
Congressman Steny Hoyer helped to lead the passage of the ADA, and he has previously co-sponsored MiCASSA, but he is not yet a co-sponsor of the Community Choice Act (CCA). ADA! He now needs to lead Congress to eliminate the institutional bias and pass the Community Choice Act. Contact Representative Steny Hoyer and ask that he end the institutional bias and become a co-sponsor of the Community Choice Act.
The ADAPT Community has set up a national alert so you can send his office a fax or email right now!
Go to: www.tinyurl.com/hoyer-alert and take action!
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