Group of 8 Marchers

Beth Petricoin: I really wanted to go to D.C. today for the march, but my husband has some health issues and he feels uncomfortable being alone for too long. I suggested to him that I might join the local march in the city nearest our Pennsylvania home, but even that 3 hour time of being alone was daunting to him. So, If I can join via the disability march, as a caregiver who cannot leave her beloved alone, then I’m hoping to make my voice heard here. Thank you for giving a platform for those who are unable to physically attend marches taking place around the globe, but who stand with our sisters in solidarity from home.

Anonymous: I can’t divulge my medical conditions/illnesses/hidden disability/multiple conditions which include emotional side effects etc. that just one condition has caused etc. because I work in a Right to Work State whereby I could be “let go” or downsized (a glorified way of saying I could lose my job, be laid off or fired) at their will—-OR if I am not fired (as I have been blessed to not yet been let go, but things are not good where I work now so I live in acute fear right now that I will be let go), I will NEVER be promoted and have never been promoted for the past nearly 10 years that I have lived and worked full time in Florida.

Right to Work Laws protect employers and not employees. Many people don’t realize that because the phrase sounds like it’s a benefit for workers but they don’t research what that really means before voting for leaders in their states who support this horrible law. It is an especially horrible law because it really hurts people with any kind of disability—-physical, intellectual, social, mental, emotional, etc. People with disabilities have a tough enough time finding and keeping jobs that they are capable of performing well and consistently and their/our needs are more intense than the average person who does not suffer from having a disability. The ADA has not been much help for people with disabilities in these Right to Work states because the Right to Work laws take precedence over the ADA laws, and struggling people/employees cannot afford lawyers and many fear the process of filing lawsuits because they take so long and are very stressful to endure and there’s no guarantee that they will win the cases. The whole process stresses already highly stressed disabled people more than they are already stressed and causes more problems in the interim. It’s not a path many are willing to take and many are not even aware of their ADA rights. They don’t reasonably understand the entire law either.
And of course treatments, medications, therapies are needed for disabled people which are very expenseive. Therefore, getting rid of the Aoffrdable Care Act will really hurt them/us. Many will end up homeless I fear due to these ludicrous government laws/policy changes. They do not help anyone struggling financially at all. They only add to their already intense monetary burden in many cases due to already high cost of pharmaceuticals etc. The pretty recent, extremely high, unaffordable epipen price they charged for those in need of it—that attrocity is only one example of that insanity.
A. Slater: I am here because my mental illness(es) prevent me from marching, but they ain’t shut me up: Abolition isn’t complete. We don’t have Equal Rights. We still seek to govern our bodies and souls for ourselves. We are fighting for our lives, my friends, my neighbors and I. We just want to live.
Amber: As a woman who has struggled with anxiety, I am greatly disturbed by the efforts to repeal the ACA and the president-elect’s blatant sexism and disregard for women’s rights. I also stand with people of color, LGBTQ folks, and immigrants, whose rights and freedoms are in danger under the incoming administration. Although I will not be physically at any of the marches, I am there in spirit!

HolLynn D’Lil: I attended the Women’s March in San Francisco (100,000) in the rain! The organizers had a space for PWD in the front and provided rain gear, even lunch! Had arrangement for PWD to ride in the march, except wheelchair because trolleys not accessible, but wheelchair mobile PWD traveled behind so not lost in crowd. However, I got lost in crowd, got totally soaked, and had a fantastic time. I’m so proud to be part of the movement. PWD leaders need to pressure organizers to have PWD speakers at rallies.

M. Smith: I have seen a lot of press about the Woman’s March (01/21). Sorry that I could not attend, but had talked to some friends who did who said it was tremendous.
And eventhough I could not be there in body know my sisters (and attending brothers) that I am with you in spirit and look forward to working with you all to keep hope alive. In peace and “nastiness.”

Monica Thompson: Thank you for all of you putting your time and effort into this for those of us that cant march!

Virginia Benade Belveal:  I wish to participate in the virtual version of the Women’s March, because I am female, old (91 yrs.), and also mildly congntively impaired and cannot march even here in Cleveland. I have long been a feminist.  I also realized long ago that I am even more a humanist than simply a feminist, for menfolk also need help and awareness or how their gender damages and limits them.

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