Tell Your Senators to Uphold Disability Rights by Opposing the Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh

CIDNY joins AAPD and others in opposing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s previous rulings and statements on health care, self-determination, employment, and education threaten the rights of all Americans with disabilities.
  1. He is a threat to your health care.
  2. He would allow the President to wield dangerous power.
  3. He is dismissive of the fundamental rights of people with disabilities.
  4. He won’t protect the rights of workers with disabilities.
  5. He would narrow the protections of civil rights laws.
  6. He promotes school voucher programs that leave students with disabilities without key protections.
  7. He discounts the role of the administrative agencies that enforce your rights.
  8. He would allow states to impose restrictive voter ID laws.
  9. He imposes barriers for people seeking justice in courts.
  10. He will not protect the rights of all people, including people with disabilities.

Take Action

Educate yourself and others about Judge Kavanaugh’s record.
Contact your Senators to express your opposition and emphasize the importance of health care and self-determination for all Americans with disabilitiesJudge Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearing starts on September 4thcontact your Senators today to oppose to his nomination!

Target States

Senators need to hear from the disability community on how Judge Kavanaugh will roll back disability rights if confirmed. It is especially important to contact Senators from the following states:
  • Alabama – Senator Doug Jones
  • Alaska – Senator Lisa Murkowski
  • Indiana – Senator Joe Donnelly
  • Maine – Senator Susan Collin
  • North Dakota – Senator Heidi Heitkamp
  • Nevada – Senator Dean Heller
  • West Virginia – Senator Joe Manchin

Call your Senators

Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) and ask to be connected to your Senators.

Email your Senators

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Hands Off SNAP (again)

The House of Representatives won’t take the hint.

They Voted to Take Away SNAP and FAILED – thanks to you! Now they want to try again.

We did it once, we can do it again! Join Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY and other advocacy groups across the country for a National SNAP Call-In Day today, Wednesday, June 20th to #SaveSNAP and Defeat the House Farm Bill (Again)

Urge New York Representatives like Rep. Dan Donovan, Rep. John Faso, Rep. Elise Stefanik, and Rep. Lee Zeldin to “Vote No” on the House Farm Bill, H.R. 2, which would cut SNAP and take food off the tables of more than 2 million low-income people, including people with disabilities. The House is expected to reconsider H.R. 2 on or before June 22, after failing to pass the bill in May.

On Wednesday, June 20th 2018 – Call 1-888-398-8702 (Toll-Free Feeding America number) or Call 202-224-3121 (U.S. Capitol Switchboard) and enter your zip code to be connected to your Representative. Urge him/her to “Vote No” on H.R. 2. Check out FRAC’s talking points and CBPP’s talking points for more information about what to say when you call.

New Yorkers, Keep Up The Pressure!

If you live in any of the districts listed below, we ask you to please call in and urge your Representative to “Vote No.” Their votes critical in ensuring that working families and children are able to keep food on their tables. We need a bipartisan bill that strengthens and protects SNAP, and what they have proposed is certainly not it! Please consider calling the district offices if you are unable to get through via the other numbers listed below.

Rep. Dan Donovan – District 11

Brooklyn District Office

7308 13th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11228

Phone: 718-630-5277

Staten Island District Office

265 New Dorp Lane, 2nd Floor

Staten Island, NY 10306

Phone: 718-351-1062

Rep. John Faso – District 19

Delhi District Office
111 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
Phone: (607) 746-9537

Kinderhook District Office

2 Hudson Street

Kinderhook, NY 12106

Phone: (518) 610-8133

Kingston District Office

721 Broadway

Kingston, NY 12401

Phone: (845) 514-2322

Rep. Elise Stefanik – District 21

Glens Falls Office

136 Glen Street

Glens Falls, NY 12801

Phone: (518) 743-0964

Plattsburgh Office

23 Durkee Street Suite C

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 561-2324

Watertown Office

88 Public Square Suite A

Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: (315) 782-3150

Rep. Lee Zeldin – District 1

Main District Office

31 Oak Street

Suite 20

Patchogue, NY 11772

Phone: (631) 289-1097

Remember: Today, Wednesday, June 20th 2018 – Call 1-888-398-8702 (Toll-Free Feeding America number) or Call 202-224-3121 (U.S. Capitol Switchboard) and enter your zip code to be connected to your Representative. Urge him/her to “Vote No” on H.R. 2. 

Fight for Accessible Taxis: Tell Your State Senators to Oppose S.7833-A (Golden)/A.6201-A (Pichardo)

We are part of a coalition of disability rights groups that oppose S.7833-A and A.6201-A. This is a backdoor attempt to overturn a long-awaited New York City Taxi and Limousine (TLC) regulation intended to get wheelchair-accessible for-hire vehicles (FHV) on the road across New York City.

The TLC regulations these bills seek to do away with are the result of years of advocacy by the disability community. They passed after more than a year of study by the TLC and after extensive public input.

These bills would isolate people with disabilities into a separate, unequal service. Like most New Yorkers, we want full integration of all people, no matter who they are, into daily life.

  • The dispatch system S.7833-A and A.6201-A propose was tried by the TLC and by the FHV industry before and failed.
  • FHV companies have opposed any attempt to get them to offer accessible service for at least two decades. These bills are no different.
  • The TLC rules are a crucial first step toward providing wheelchair-accessible service across the city. They have widespread support in the disability community.

Dozens of individuals and organizations spoke in support of the TLC proposal at a hearing on September 2017. Wheelchair users described how the ability to travel by accessible yellow taxis changed their lives for the better.

Call your NYS Senator now and insist that they oppose these bills. Find your Senator here. Let’s not move backward on progress!