We marched online as a contingent of the Jan. 21, 2017 Women’s March on Washington.
We began posting on December 21 with our first marcher, Karrie Higgins. Our first major contingent marched Jan. 20. As of 7 pm on Jan. 21, we had 1,654 entries published, and thousands more we could not process. By Jan. 29, we had posted our final total of 3,014 marchers. We received news coverage and participation from around the world. For links to stories, see the “Media Coverage” page. We will not be posting additional marchers, but we invite and encourage any activist organization to use this model to include disabled marchers who cannot come to marchers or rallies. This page will stay up as an archive of the event.
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We need to be seen and heard and to LEAD.
Many of us with a wide range of visible and invisible disabilities will be in Washington DC for the march, but many more cannot physically march or can’t spare the expense to travel to DC. Our health conditions make physical participation difficult. We invite ANYONE who identifies as disabled to march with us, regardless of your gender identity or sexual preference.
Mission of the march: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families—recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country…The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us—women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
In the days since the election there have been reports of hate speech directed at the disabled. Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which many disabled people and those with chronic healthcare conditions rely upon. One of the ACA’s popular elements protects the disabled against discrimination by prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions. The ACA’s expansion of Medicaid is also vital for disabled people; 10 million disabled people are covered by Medicaid, which also pays for most disability services.Disability includes those with chronic illnesses, and many with chronic health conditions are likewise in danger of losing medical support. One scenario for cutting Medicaid and replacing it with block grants would result in at least 14 million people losing their insurance or not gaining insurance in the future. Trump’s presidency and his discriminatory statements present a threat to ADA enforcement and raise serious concerns about continued police violence against the disabled. In all areas—housing, transportation, food assistance, education—the disabled are vulnerable in the current climate of intolerance, and disabled people of color face compounded obstacles.