April made a video and we love this so much!
— April DelRario (@AprilDelRario) January 22, 2017
[Video description: For the duration of the video, April is in front of a large screen showing marchers, many wearing pink hats and carrying signs. Initially, April holds a sign which reads “Disability Rights are Human Rights and Human rights are disability rights.”]
“I couldn’t be there today at the women’s march because of my disability…. but I wrote something and I want to share it with you guys as a contribution to the virtual disability march that’s happening today.
(breathes deeply) So here goes.
So my name is April and I am virtually marching because I’m fighting for my life and for the lives of the people that I love. This administration’s policies threaten the lives and the safety of people with disabilities, people of color, immigrants, women, and frankly, any American who stands up against these injustices.
So I’m standing today with all those who’ve marched to say that we will not be disenfranchised from the union that BELONGS to all of us. Hillary Clinton once said “Women’s rights ARE human rights, and human rights ARE women’s rights. Well I want to say today that DISABILITY rights are human rights, and human rights ARE disability rights.
We the people refuse to go quietly into the night, and to watch the ACA – the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare – be repealed, which would strip about 30 MILLION PEOPLE of their healthcare, people with disabilities like me. Many of us, without the Affordable Care Act, have no other access to healthcare, healthcare that we absolutely need just to survive.
So today I’m so thankful that a great chorus of Americans is shouting from all over our nation. I think back to the civil rights movement lead by Dr. King, and I think back to the courage of all of the other leaders of that movement who came from literally every walk of life to stand for what is right. And I’m encouraged that today, even in here my disability, even in my pajamas, I have something to contribute. My voice. So today I want to say that I’m ALL in, ALL the way, no matter HOW LONG this fight takes, no matter HOW LONG this road gets, until ALL of US in these United States of America are free, and safe.”