[NFB-Oregon-Announce] Fwd: urgent disability discrimination legislation, please help!

president at nfb-oregon.org president at nfb-oregon.org
Thu Jun 18 15:15:01 UTC 2020

Here is a message about a bill that should come up for discussion and a vote in the short session of the Oregon Legislature.  Please read and make comments as suggested.

Carla McQuillan
National Federation of the 
Blind of Oregon
Bell Academy
Training and Branding

Begin forwarded message:

From: Allison Hobgood <allison.hobgood at gmail.com> 
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:01 PM
To: allison hobgood <corvallisdisabilityjustice at gmail.com>
Cc: Abby Mulcahy <abby.cmlc at gmail.com>
Subject: urgent disability discrimination legislation, please help!
Hello, All,
Here's an urgent message we wanted to pass on from Senator Sara Gelser about a new, proposed bill we absolutely need to get introduced into the legislature special session and passed next week. Please circulate this message to your other communities and organizations as well, and as soon as possible. 
People with disabilities are being denied crucial services and support during Coronavirus. Here is a link to Sen. Gelser's post about the ways folks in the ID/DD community are especially being targeted: https://www.facebook.com/notes/sara-gelser/issue-brief-related-to-lc-52/10160220915162501/
Please click this link to connect to Governor Brown’s "state your opinion page": https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/share-your-opinion.aspx
In the drop-down tab "Topic" menu on that page, choose "Coronavirus Covid-19" or "Public Safety" or "Healthcare."
In the message box you can cut and paste the following: Statement in Support of LC 52,  Access to Lifesaving Care for Elderly and Disabled Oregonians. I’m asking that LC 52 be introduced into the special session. People with disabilities have always faced barriers to timely, quality health care. That is magnified during the COVID-19 crisis right here in Oregon. In communities across the state, people with disabilities-- particularly intellectual and developmental disabilities-- are being discouraged from seeking care, denied COVID testing, coerced to sign DNR orders, and hastily shuffled into a hospice election rather than treatment. Please help.
Here are the names and emails of other congressional representatives if you want to directly reach out and express your concern or share your personal stories:
Senate President Peter Courtney sen.petercourtney at oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Rob Wagner (Democratic Leader)
sen.robwagner at oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Fred Girod (Republican Leader)
sen.fredgirod at oregonlegislature.gov

Speaker Tina Kotek
rep.tinakotek at oregonlegislature.gov
Representative Barbara Smith Warner (Democratic Leader)
rep.barbarasmithwarner at oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Christine Drazan (Republican Leader)
rep.christinedrazan at oregonlegislature.gov
Thanks for your solidarity and support,
Allison and Abby, for the DEC
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