Email Obama!

Posted on 13 November 2008. Filed under: Advocacy, Email Obama! | Tags: , , , , , |

[PLEASE send your emails for Obama DIRECTLY to his administration. Or, you may prefer to communicate through the White House Office of Public Liaison, which is meant to facilitate communication between the Presidential administration and the public.   Messages left here will NOT be passed along. Thank you.]

Politicians are known for making promises–to Deaf people and hearing people, and to people with disabilities and without disabilities. Sometimes they follow through and sometimes they don’t. What makes the difference? WE DO!

The new US President-elect Barack Obama has made some important promises to people with disabilities and Deaf people. These promises could be important both nationally (better employment and education and less discrimination) and internationally (signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).

But will he follow through? That’s partly up to his own integrity. But that’s also up to all people with disabilities, our loved ones, colleagues, and other allies. Politicians are more quick to remember their promises if they know people are watching them. So let’s make sure Obama’s team knows we are watching him! EMAIL OBAMA!

Learn more about how YOU can help by taking just a few minutes to click through this power point program:

https://reunifygally.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/email-obama.ppt

Most importantly:

We should all send an email to Kareem Dale, Obama’s National Disability Vote Director (at kdale@barackobama.com), WITH COPIES TO Anne Hayes, a volunteer on the Obama Disability Policy Committee (at ahayesku@hotmail.com).

NOTE: Please note that this blog is NOT the place to leave messages for Obama. I am unable to pass along your messages to Obama’s team. Instead, PLEASE contact his team DIRECTLY. If you wish to contact them on non-disability related issues, please use the form at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.  Or, you may prefer to contact the White House Office of Public Liaison at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/. If you wish to contact them on disability-related issues, then you may use the instructions given above. Thank you.

NOTE: As of December 23, 2008, I have now closed comments on this specific blog post. If you are trying to reach Obama’s administration, please contact them DIRECTLY as instructed repeatedly above.

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Emailing Obama: Bloggers Joining the Call To Action!

Posted on 12 November 2008. Filed under: Advocacy, Email Obama! | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

[People who wish to communicate with the Obama administration should PLEASE CONTACT THEM DIRECTLY. I am NOT able to pass along your emails to the Obama administration. You can contact the White House at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/. Or you may prefer to contact the White House Office of Public Liaison, which in their own words is “the front door to the White House through which everyone can participate and inform the work of the President,” at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/]

This is NOT the place to leave your emails for Obama.

Instead, PLEASE go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/ and leave your message for Obama there. Not here.]

From all over the United States and around the world, Deaf people and our loved ones, colleagues, and other allies are doing it. So are people with disabilities, loved ones, colleagues, and allies. And so are both bloggers and readers. Together, we have been working to ensure Obama’s team knows that people around the world are ready to hold him accountable for the promises he has made to Deaf people and to people with disabilities.

Ever since this Call to Action was first posted, people have been educating themselves about Obama’s campaign promises to people with disabilities. Then people have been sending emails to Kareem Dale, Obama’s National Disability Vote Director (at kdale@barackobama.com), WITH COPIES TO Anne Hayes, a volunteer on the Obama Disability Policy Committee (at ahayesku@hotmail.com). Through these emails, people have been letting Obama’s team know that we stand ready to hold him accountable for his promises.

Are you a blogger? Or, do you do Facebook? Have you copy/pasted the original a Call to Action at YOUR blog or Facebook page to help encourage YOUR readers to participate? The bloggers listed below have done their part. How about you?

(If you decide to post the Call to Action, please be sure to copy/paste from the text used at http://wecando.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/disabilities-email-obama/ — this is the original version, and always the most up-to-date version. Other versions may have been slightly modified to tailor them for different audiences or may be using slightly older versions of the Call to Action.)

And, of course, don’t forget to WRITE YOUR OWN EMAILS TO OBAMA! To be sent to kdale@barackobama.com WITH COPIES TO ahayesku@hotmail.com

As of November 17, 2008
One blogger has posted two videos in American Sign Language (ASL) about Obama and also mentioned the email-writing campaign:
http://www.alldeaf.com/war-political-news/59019-show-president-elect-obama.html

THANK YOU to Wheelie Catholic for including a link to the Call to Action in the navigation bar on her blog site: http://wheeliecatholic.blogspot.com/ This means all visitors to her site learn about the Call to Action no matter what page they look at first. I hope other bloggers consider following her example.

As of November 15, 2008
Brief mentions, and a link, at:
http://fridawrites.blogspot.com/2008/11/obama-and-disability-issues.html
http://yanub.blogspot.com/2008/11/nothing-about-us-without-us.html

As of November 12, 2008
http://wecando.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/disabilities-email-obama/ (the original!)
http://agenciainclusive.wordpress.com/2008/11/08/change-for-people-with-disabilities-time-to-email-obama/
https://reunifygally.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/deaf-email-obama/
http://www.disaboom.com/Blogs/srains/archive/2008/11/07/write-to-the-president-s-disability-policy-team.aspx
http://www.rollingrains.com/archives/002587.html
http://lovemefor-me.blogspot.com/2008/11/president-of-us-of.html
http://funnyoldlife.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/change-for-people-with-disabilities-time-to-email-obama/
http://soberattheparty.blogspot.com/2008/11/change-for-people-with-disabilities.html
http://aspergersquare8.blogspot.com/2008/11/call-to-action.html
http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2008/11/time-to-email-o.html
http://activegreymatter.org/2008/11/12/change-for-people-with-disabilities-time-to-email-obama/
http://autisticbfh.blogspot.com/2008/11/promises-and-public-discussion.html
http://kara-h.blogspot.com/2008/11/change-for-people-with-disabilities.html

And the campaign has also received a brief mention at …
http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/news/Change_Gov-2008-11-08.htm

THANK YOU! To all bloggers (and Facebookers) who have been helping to circulate the Call to Action!

I also would like to share a big THANK YOU to people who have been circulating the alert via email to their loved ones, friends, and colleagues to urge them to take action. Please continue to do so! Again, the original, and most up-to-date version of the Call to Action is posted at http://wecando.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/disabilities-email-obama/

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Change for People with Disabilities: Time to Email Obama!

Posted on 7 November 2008. Filed under: Advocacy, Announcements, Audism, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (, CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabili, Email Obama!, International | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Change for People with Disabilities and Deaf People: Time to Email Obama!

On November 4, 2008, millions of Deaf people and people with disabilities across the United States and around the world joined our non-disabled peers in watching the United States election results. Obama supporters cheered or wept to learn that the next US president would be Obama. Then we cheered or wept again when Obama mentioned people with disabilities in his acceptance speech. History was made–not only for America, not only for Black people, not only for Kenya and all of Africa, not only for Indigenous peoples, but also for people with disabilities.

But we cannot afford to allow the moment to end here. Whether we supported Obama, McCain, or another candidate, we all know there is far too much work ahead before we can say, “Yes, we have made real change for people with disabilities.”

It is time for people with disabilities, our loved ones, our neighbors, and colleagues to join together, across ideological divides, to reach out to Obama. We should all send an email to Kareem Dale, Obama’s National Disability Vote Director (at kdale@barackobama.com), WITH COPIES TO Anne Hayes, a volunteer on the Obama Disability Policy Committee (at ahayesku@hotmail.com).

First, we should thank Obama — and also Kareem Dale — for mentioning people with disabilities in Obama’s acceptance speech on November 4. Ensure that they understand how much it matters simply for us to be included. How did you feel when Obama mentioned us? Share your story.

Second, we should tell Obama and Kareem Dale that we are aware of Obama’s disability platform. He promised to increase educational opportunities; end discrimination; increase employment opportunities; and support independent, community-based living for Americans with disabilities. And he promised to sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the first international, legally-binding human rights treaty for people with disabilities. Tell Obama and Kareem Dale that we are ready to call Obama to account if he fails us. But more importantly, we are ready to work with him for change for people with disabilities.

It is important to send your disability-related emails to BOTH Kareem Dale AND Anne Hayes (kdale@barackobama.com AND ahayesku@hotmail.com) between now and inauguration day. Kareem Dale’s email address may change between now and January 20, 2009. Anne Hayes can help ensure that emails sent to Kareem Dale are not lost during this time of transition.

Both Kareem Dale and others who have worked on disability issues within the Obama campaign are ready to receive YOUR emails on disability-related issues for US President-elect Obama. Emails are welcome from across the United States and around the world. If you are a US citizen, then please say so in your email.

Learn more about Obama’s plan for people with disabilities at: http://origin.barackobama.com/issues/disabilities/

Yes, the video is captioned. And if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can download Obama’s Full Plan for people with disabilities in PDF format (62 Kb).

Read Obama’s acceptance speech at: http://www.barackobama.com/2008/11/04/remarks_of_presidentelect_bara.php

Want to read someone else’s letter to Obama before you write your own? Come to: https://reunifygally.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/thank_you_obama_disabilities/

Learn more about the CRPD at http://ratifynow.org/ratifynow-faq/

If you wish to contact Obama’s staff on some topic other than disability, then you can send an email via his web page at http://www.change.gov/page/s/ofthepeople

Please circulate this email freely, or post this at your own blog or web site.

This text was first posted at http://wecando.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/disabilities-email-obama/ The most updated version will be here, so please consult before cross-posting.

“It is the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, DISABLED and not disabled — Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.”
–President-Elect Barack Obama
Acceptance speech, November 4, 2008; emphasis added

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