(en) Disabled contingent at April 27

National Peoples Campaign (npcny@peoplescampaign.org)
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 21:06:59 -0500

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Press Release

Attention: News Editor Press Contact: Brian Becker April 9, 1997 (212) 633-6646

Contingent of disabled people will take part in April 27 protest

Statement of Brian Shea coordinator of the disabled contingent at April 27 protest in Philadelphia: "When President Clinton signed the so-called Welfare Reform Act last year he condemned 2.6 million people, including 1.1 million children to poverty. With the implementation of this law, nearly 200,000 disabled children will lose their Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The children most at risk of losing SSI are those who have multiple disabilities. Eleven million families, eight million of them working families, will lose an average of $1300 a year. In addition, 800,000 poor immigrants are losing their SSI.

"Disabled people will participate in the April 27th demonstration. Their will be speakers representing the deaf community and the rally will be interpreted for the deaf. Wheel chair accessible buses are being provided from New York. Special outreach is being carried out to mobilize the families of children who are losing their benefits because the government is redefining what it means to be disabled. We will fight for our rights and we intend to win. The rally will start at 2 pm at 6th st. and Market.

"President Clinton, George Bush, Colin Powell and many CEO's and corporate luminaries will gather in Philadelphia on April 27 to promote volunteerism. They will be met by thousands of protesters who will demand that the welfare and immigration legislation that was passed in 1996 be overturned. The old system of welfare that kept people in poverty is not the solution. What is needed is real jobs at decent wages or a guaranteed income for all."

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