OWS Disability Caucus 5/29/12, 5:30pm, Union Square.
Inclusion: Owen: felt like I wasn’t involved with planning such as May Day. OWS people don’t seem to know what’s happening in the world, eg Mexico City being shut down. Euro collapsing. Economic collapse is right around the corner. We should get ourselves arrested for gambling by playing BINGO. But we must worry about how far we can extend ourselves.
Important groups: Direct Action and the group running the website.
Nadina: I haven’t gone to the civil disobeliance school yet.
Ramon asks about single payer and it’s future. We talk about the US Supreme Court.
Philip mentions Caring Across Generations Congress & proposed enforcement of overtime which may result in cutting of homecare hours.
Owen: homecare hours being cut already and we are constantly forced to lie and play games. We need more unionization to protect workers. Medicaid always pays set fee so hospitals can budget, don’t have to bargain as with HMOs.
We agree: Whole healthcare system is fucked up.
Fisuna says she has no healthcare coverage at all.
Connie: Healthcare for 99% largely comprised of doctors & nurses who don’t oppose forced treatment.
ADAPT met with Dept. of Labor about regs, pointed out that workers rarely works 12 hours on hes feet, so Dept. of Labor may say we’ll pay less than current rate for time sitting down, just being available. We must be careful what we say. We should demand time + 1/2 and settle.
Feminist GA: Nadina going to Thur. planning committee. Philip gives his impressions of feminist GA in Wash Sq. Park: the women complain that the men don’t pay enough attention to them but they are too polite when asking for inclusion.
Nadina: reproductive rights is a particular concern for disabled women beyond right to end a pregnancy, there’s also forced sterylization, right to keep children once you have them, other forced treatment to make us as “normal” as possible. But of course right to end pregnancy is most immediate threat. Anti-choice people trying to bond with disabled on forced sterylization & physician-assisted-suicide.
Nadina: Women should be allowed to end pregnancy for what ever reason but women should have information available on both sides.
Feminist meeting places often not w/c accessible. Feminist GA had one interpreter.
Next Women Occupying Wall St. (WOW) feminist GA to be at Christopher St. pier. Date & time to be announced later.
Connie: AOT being voted on again.
Nadina: maybe we should have street theatre to attract more people.
Connie: AOT being voted on and maybe toughened.
We are adjourned.