Organizers for the March in March Rally for Disability Pride, Solidarity and Power!, after much agonizing and soul searching, have decided to postpone the event. The focus of the rally was (1) the Medical Board of California v Hason appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court that would have resulted in the destruction of Title II of the ADA, (2) the Barden v Sacramento appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether or not sidewalks should be accessible to people with disabilities and (3) the budget issues. The withdrawal of the Medical Board v Hason appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is a major victory of the disability community. The organizers of the Rally believe that the energy of the disability community should be refocused on the Barden case and the budget issues, and that the March in March Rally is not be best venue at this time for those remaining issues. (We will keep you posted re the Barden case as we learn more.)
The good news is that we still have the funds we have raised and we can use those funds for future events. Future events include a HUGE JULY 26TH ADA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. Also, a future necessary event may be a demonstration protest about the Barden case. We are waiting to hear how that case is moving. If it appears that we are losing the case, we will immediately put together an action to focus political pressure on the City of Sacramento.
The further good news is that those of you who have organized to come to Sacramento for the March in March Rally can use that network you have created and the experience you have in putting together transportation for the next events.
On behalf of the organizers, I would like to extend our most profound apologies to anyone and all who are inconvenienced and disappointed by our decision. Because we know how difficult it is to attend an event like this, especially those of you who were coming to Sacramento from other parts in the state, we believe this postponement is the best way to honor and respect the disability community. Your time and your energy is invaluable. That is why we would not ask you to give of yourself unless it is the most effective use of your time and resources.
Please feel free to email me back with your comments and suggestions.
Yours, in solidarity always,