UJP Fundraiser to support the Encuentro 5 accessibility project
When: Friday, June 8, 2012, 7:00 pm
Where: private home • Newton
UJP House Party Fundraiser
to support the Encuentro5 accessibility project
Admission: $15 and a dish or drinks for potluck dinner. For those who can't attend, donations can be made online at www.justicewithpeace.org
To RSVP or get more information: call 617 383-4857 or email email@example.com. Please leave a message.
Entertainment: We have arranged some wonderful entertainment from movement artists: Rafael Medina, solo guitarist; Gabrilla Ballard, spoken word and guitarist; and Chris Nauman, singer and songwriter from Arlington.
Reason: The disability rights movement started in the 1960s; on a federal level, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 provided comprehensive civil rights protections. This recognized the necessity of guaranteeing full enjoyment of human rights and equality for the disabled. In Massachusetts, new public and private business construction generally must be accessible to those in wheelchairs.
The progressive and left movements, while agreeing in principle, often have lower cost venues in older buildings that are a challenge to accessibility. Encuentro 5, a principal events site for the Boston movement, is not wheelchair accessible; however, recognizing the importance of including all our sisters and brothers, E5 has established a committee to raise funds to construct an accessible entranceway and bathroom.
Occupy Boston has several offices at E5 and also recognizes the principle of accessibility. Many UJP and peace movement events are held at E5. Consequently, UJP is joining the campaign to raise funds for the E5 accessibility project which will not only create access but serve as an inspiring example of progressive organizations working together to achieve a greater good.
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