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Ep 1: Activism and the Disability Community

Today’s guests are Andrew Pulrang and Gregg Beratan, co-partners in Crip The Vote, an online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people. This episode was recorded late July 2017, days after the GOP healthcare bill died in the Senate. We look back at the attempt to repeal and replace the ACA, what Medicaid means to disabled people, and the activism that took place all year long in opposition to the bill, especially the activism by ADAPT, a national grassroots disability rights group that was instrumental in creating what Representative John Lewis calls ‘good trouble.’ 

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Related Links

#CripTheVote: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/

ADAPT: http://adapt.org/

Disabled Americans Have the Most to Fear Under Republicare. Esquire, March 8, 2017, s.e. smith

Wheelchair users dragged away from McConnell’s office for protesting health care bill. Think Progress, July 22, 2017, E.A. Crunden

The Power of ADAPT. Disability Visibility Project, September 11, 2017, Alice Wong

About

 

Image Description: A smiling white disabled man with brown hair and a beard wearing a white and grey striped dress shirt. on the office walls behind him are several signs, the only readable one saying 'The Struggle is Socially Constructed'.
Image Description: A smiling white disabled man with brown hair and a beard wearing a white and grey striped dress shirt. on the office walls behind him are several signs, the only readable one saying ‘The Struggle is Socially Constructed’.

Gregg Beratan is a Disabled Activist and Scholar. He currently works at the Center for Disability rights. He is a member of ADAPT and along with Alice Wong & Andrew Pulrang one of the founders of #CripTheVote. He has lived and worked in the US, the UK, Poland and India.

Twitter: @GreggBeratan

 

Image Description: Selfie photo of a white man with short brown hair and glasses. He has a visible tracheostomy.
Image Description: Selfie photo of a white man with short brown hair and glasses. He has a visible tracheostomy.

Andrew Pulrang is a disability blogger and activist, and a co-founder of #CripTheVote. He worked for 22 years in Independent Living.

Twitter: @AndrewPulrang

 

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Credits

Geraldine Ah-Sue, Audio Producer

Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer

Cheryl Green, Text Transcription

Lateef McLeod, Introduction

Mike Mort, Artwork

Theme Music (used with permission of artist)

Song: “Dance Off”

Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp

Music

Frisco Nights” by Lobo Loco (Frisco Nights (ID 541) by Lobo Loco is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.)

The Dance” by David Szesztay (The Dance by David Szesztay is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.)

“Little Lilly Swing” by Tri-Tachyon (Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon is licensed under a Attribution License.)

Maximum Respect for You” by Lobo Loco (Maximum Respect for YOU (ID 589) by Lobo Loco is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.)

Sounds

“VOCODER countdown” by Jack_Master. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

8 Bit Beeping Computer Sounds” by sheepfilms. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

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