Ableism in the Human Rights Community- Continued…

Linda Responds to Steve’s Suggestion to Hold a Special Meeting
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Subject: Re: [utla-hrc-discussion] _re: HRC issues_Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2006 22:12:19 -0700 (PDT)_From: LINDA BAUGHN
Dear Steve:
Sorry it took me so long to reply– I really wanted to think before I responded. I mean this with the utmost respect for you, the work you do, and the difficult position you are in as chair of this committee, but I think I disagree with the premise of your post. It’s too “evenhanded”–as if discrimination and getting pissed off at discrimination were moral equivalents and there was right and wrong on both sides. I don’t think that’s actually true. Emma was denied access to the retreat, and has been treated in a demeaning, marginalizing and hostile manner in well documented instances since then by more than one member of this committee. No-one else has been subjected to abuse. Where are the “two sides?”  I think the committee and the union leadership as a whole have to take a stand on the question of the rights of disabled members of our union. Until we have done so, a meeting based on the premise that both sides have a point of view and we need a neutral mediator would be an opportunity for abuse of a valued member of this committee. In unity and struggle

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