DISABILITY PRIDE DAY
June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pmFREE
The disability community – people with disabilities and their allies – will gather at the Humunity Center Muskegon on Saturday, June 16 to celebrate Disability Pride Day. This is an opportunity to educate ourselves and others about relevant and pressing issues and to demonstrate that our voices are critical to current policy debates. Over 173,000 residents in Muskegon County are people with disabilities under the age of 65. This is an opportunity to come together, learn more about each other, and build community.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Music, light refreshments, and speeches from local disability rights advocates, our allies, and elected officials will be provided. The program will also feature an “open mic” session to increase dialogue about disability issues in our community.
This event is supported by Disability Justice League West Michigan, Disability Network West Michigan, the Humunity Center, and Peer Action Alliance.
“Recent threats to Medicaid and Medicare and the Congressional attack on the Americans with Disabilities Act and our civil rights remind us that independence for people with disabilities is an ongoing struggle,” said event organizer Darma Canter. “We must be a visible force in the critical decisions being made at the local, state, and federal levels because our lives literally depend on it.”
“This event is about pride,” said Independent Living Advocate Eleanor Canter. “It’s about presenting a counter-narrative. We’re coming together to say ‘no’ to discrimination, low expectations, and pity.”
“We must build a diverse and inclusive future in West Michigan based on knowledge that our communities are stronger together, said Disability Network West Michigan CEO Diane Fleser.
The Humunity Center is located at Our Savior Lutheran Church: 1132 W. Southern Avenue. The event is scheduled from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. and is free of charge and open to the public.
Attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook.