El Programa Legal de Derechos Civiles de CCDC, tiene numerosas y crecientes preocupaciones en relación a actos de discriminación contra las personas con discapacidad, como resultado directo de la toma de decisiones por parte de entidades públicas y privadas durante la pandemia. Cuando una crisis pega, como todos sabemos (o al menos nuestra comunidad se está dando cuenta ahora) las personas con discapacidad y nuestros derechos civiles son ignorados o restringidos.
Estos malos elementos sociales saltan a cada oportunidad para aprovecharse de lo que ellos llaman nuestros “derechos especiales”, y ahora esta obstinada discriminación se multiplica exponencialmente para violar nuestros derechos cada vez que se usa la palabra “emergencia”. Estos malvados y quebranta-leyes, harán cualquier cosa en su poder para ignorarnos y actuar como si las emergencias afectaran a todos menos a las personas con discapacidad. Sabemos que lo contrario es la verdad.
Aunque la administración del Gobernador Polis ha estado trabajando de una manera colaborativa con CCDC, buscando continuamente información sobre las necesidades de la comunidad discapacitada (algo que tristemente falta respecto a nuestras necesidades y derechos a otros niveles del gobierno) el Programa Legal de Derechos Civiles está preparado para abordar con nuestra mejor habilidad, cualquier forma de discriminación contra una persona o grupo, en base a la discapacidad, en la toma de decisiones parte entidades públicas o privadas (tales como la policía, los proveedores de transporte, entidades gubernamentales que no brinden una comunicación efectiva, oficinas médicas que traten diferente a las personas con discapacidad, etc.) que ocurra en relación a la pandemia. Todos nosotros en CCDC que hemos estado trabajando sin descanso para dar lo mejor a nuestra comunidad en este momento de crisis, vea COVID-19. RECURSOS, CONEXIONES E NFORMACIÓN PARA CON Y SIN DISCAPACIDADES, comprendemos que casi todos hemos sido golpeados por las presentes circunstancias, pero eso no justifica ignorar la discriminación hacia las personas con discapacidad. ¡Nosotros no lo permitiremos! ¡Ahora más que nunca nuestros derechos civiles deben ser y serán respetados!
Como todos sabemos, nosotros enfrentamos los mismos problemas que todos, más los problemas derivados de la discapacidad, la mayoría de los cuales se aliviarían si la gente simplemente hiciera lo que se supone debe hacer dentro del marco de la ley de derechos civiles, pero durante esta crisis inimaginable y sin precedentes, estamos sintiendo la devastación mucho más que nuestros compañeros sin discapacidad. Muchos de nosotros estamos imaginando una manera de salir de la cama, dado que nosotros, nuestros asistentes o nuestros compañeros, están siendo víctimas de este enemigo que no discrimina. Sin embargo, nosotros tenemos más resistencia, más abundancia de recursos y somos más proclives a encontrar una forma de salir victoriosos, dado que esto es lo que tenemos que hacer todos los días de nuestra vida. Por todas esas razones estamos aquí para ayudar con lo mejor de nuestras habilidades y en estrecha conexión con nuestros aliados en la sociedad y con otros abogados de derechos civiles que están trabajando más duro de lo que nosotros hemos trabajado en la vida, para asegurarnos que todos –y quiero decir TODOS- reciban el trato justo e igualitario que nosotros y los que estuvieron antes que nosotros, hemos luchado tan duro para tener en nuestras vidas.
Por favor visite nuestro Formulario de Admisión (Intake Form) para informarse sobre los tipos de casos que recibimos. También puede ponerse en contacto con nuestra Asistente del Programa Legal, Kara Guillon, en firstname.lastname@example.org o llamando al 303-660-8254, si siente que ha sido discriminado en base a la discapacidad en las circunstancias mencionadas más arriba, o cualquier otra forma de violación de sus derechos civiles. Por favor recuerde que únicamente recibimos casos que envuelvan una violación a sus derechos civiles con base en la discapacidad. Otros problemas deberán ser solucionados por los defensores-no abogados- que pueden encontrarse en nuestra página de internet ccdconline.org.
Obviamente no podemos garantizar que podamos ayudar en todas las circunstancias, ni podemos garantizar un resultado perfecto, pero hemos estado aquí para ustedes por 22 años (casi 23) haciendo todo lo que podemos con nuestro pequeño, pero en mi humilde opinión, poderoso personal, recibiendo cientos y cientos de casos para la comunidad discapacitada, normalmente con resultados exitosos, en la mayoría de los casos, aunque no siempre. Esto es así, aún al enfrentar más y más opositores, cada vez más desafiantes que se niegan a tratar a las personas discapacitadas con humanidad y en igualdad, como la ley lo requiere.
Aquellos que nos niegan nuestros derechos civiles iban creciendo en número y en una voluntaria desobediencia de la ley y este comportamiento sólo se ha agudizado durante esta pandemia. Nunca se detuvieron a pensar que nosotros somos la única minoría a la que ellos podrían sumarse y, dadas las circunstancias actuales, podrían sumársenos en cualquier momento. Ellos nos necesitan para luchar no sólo por nuestros derechos, sino también por los de ellos. Todo el mundo está realmente a un estornudo de distancia de necesitar esos ventiladores de que tanto oímos hablar y tan mencionados en las noticias y posiblemente requiriendo cuidado en casa por el resto de la vida. Extrañamente, muchos de nosotros hemos vivido bajo tales circunstancias a lo largo de nuestra vida. ¡En verdad, estamos todos juntos en esto! Pero aún así, eso no les impide discriminarnos y negarnos igualdad de oportunidades bajo la ley.
Debemos demostrarle a quienes tratarán de aprovecharse de la crisis para discriminarnos en base a nuestra discapacidad que ¡no lo vamos a permitir! Aunque las leyes sobre el derecho de los discapacitados no son ilimitadas (tienen sus limitaciones) estamos viendo y escuchando de primera mano acerca de clarísimas violaciones a la ley (y tantas violaciones cometidas debido a “emergencias”), que debemos recordarles a aquéllos que encontrarán cualquier excusa para aprovecharse de nosotros o de la pandemia ¡nuestros derechos civiles importan más que nunca!
Kevin Williams, CCDC Civil Rights Legal Program Director
Y miembro de la comunidad discapacitada por 33 años-casi 34- y contando.
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Starting this week, Denver is transitioning from the stay-at-home order to the safer-at-home phase. Although residents are no longer ordered to stay at home, we are strongly encouraged to do so whenever possible. However, those considered at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are asked to continue following stay-at-home recommendations, only leaving home for medical care and essential activities. This includes most CCDC staff and volunteers. However, the virus has not stopped CCDC from doing our work and advocacy. In fact, we have been working harder than ever and you can follow our work through our website (www.ccdconline.org), our Facebook Page ccdc.co, and Twitter @ccdc501c3
I encourage you to read more about the new safer-at-home phase and what it means to you at https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home.
So what does this mean for CCDC? While some non-critical businesses have started reopening with restrictions and reduced staff, here at CCDC our physical buildings remain closed to outside visitors, with a few staff working onsite. Furthermore, we are not attending or hosting in-person meetings during the month of May. We will be reassessing the situation regularly and our highest priority is safety and not inadvertently spreading disease. As soon as we have additional details and/or are ready to take the next steps, we will make sure you know.
In the meantime, please remember that the CCDC staff is still here for you if you need individual advocacy, want to increase your involvement in systems advocacy including virtual community organizing or policy work, or need to contact any of the following directly:
Thank you for your continued support and involvement,
Statement from Julie Reiskin, ED, CCDC
This week we expect to hear about Medicaid and other state government service cuts. We want everyone to be aware that when news breaks about cuts and changes, often rumors and misinformation become rampant throughout the web and social media. That is why we wanted to let you know ahead of time what we think may be coming and where you can go to trust what you read.
Due to the pandemic, the state is currently showing a budget shortfall of over $3 billion. The Joint Budget Committee and the Office of State Planning and Budget (OSPB) are releasing options for the state regarding necessary cuts in services. Most likely, they will release different scenarios-or tiers of reductions.
CCDC will do everything in our power to fight any cut that affects life or liberty. Additionally, we will not allow our community to be disproportionately pushed even deeper into poverty. But, along with everyone else, we will need to accept some changes. We have asked the Medicaid agency to continue to include us in the ongoing discussions, and those in leadership have assured us that we will.
When the memos and documents come out, we will summarize, explain the impact for our community, and, when appropriate, provide commentary regarding the support of these ideas. We must approach this horrible financial situation as a community through leadership and with an equity lens. We have always been the ones to show how to make necessary cuts work. Why? Because we know where there is waste and what is essential.
As soon as available, we will publish this information on our COVID-19 web pages and include them in the update alerts. We ask for your continued feedback to ensure we have a complete understanding of the community needs.
We have multiple ways for you to let us know your thoughts:
Let’s talk about what is going on. (Remember, all our chats and virtual events have closed captioning.)
We also have an ask of you. Please, refrain from engaging in social media campaigns until we know the details of the solid proposals. Remember, some memos will outline possible cuts that may not be up for consideration. Instead, this is one way an agency can tell the legislators about all the possible options. Always check with us before getting too worried.
We are not saying everything will be great, and it won’t be. We are just saying, let’s show our usual community leadership as we respond to this latest problem.
Julie Reiskin and the Staff of CCDC
A letter to the membership from Julie Reiskin, ED.
We wanted to let you know we are watching the budget process carefully and urge calm and attention as the process plays out. There are some very scary cuts proposed, but until we know the state revenue forecast next week and learn if the federal government is going to help, we do not know the true extent of the problem. We also do not know if the legislature will use the emergency provision in the taxpayer bill of rights (TABOR) that allows them to impose a tax to help us as a state. They would need 2/3 of the legislature to agree to do this and can do it in various ways that could result in a little more revenue or a lot more revenue.
Even if they can increase the taxes and we get help from the federal government, we will still have to take SOME cuts, but they will not be as devastating as they will be if neither thing happens. We cannot cut our way out of this, but we cannot expect to be exempt from cuts either. So far, for the most part, budgets for our programs are not being cut; they are just not getting increases.
We have people listening to the Budget Committee always, and we are impressed with how thoughtful they are being. They are working very hard at doing the best they can. We urge people to ask us if you have concerns. There is some wrong information going out and some confusing information as the media and others try to digest all of the news coming out rapidly.
An example of wrong information: In the Colorado Sun yesterday, it said that the $1.5 million was cut from a nursing home transition program. No cuts like this have happened. Instead, the projected reduction is for another program with “transition” in its name, which has not started yet.
An example of confusing information: The JBC decided not to run the bill for the Rural Interpreting Services Project or RISP. The funding for the program will still happen; it just won’t be put into the law this year. Because the legislature only has so much time, RISP can continue as a pilot for one more year without causing harm. Some people might read where they removed this bill and think that meant they removed the program.
So we ask for your calm and to check with us before you spread anything on social media that alarms people. We are working in coalition with others to look at the budget issues as a whole. We will immediately sound the alarm bill if we see concrete proposals that affect the life or liberty of people with disabilities. We are deeply saddened and angry about many cuts, but understand the legislature has few choices given our state financial situation. We are in regular communication with the Polis/Primavera administration, state agencies, and the JBC members, so unless the revenue forecast next week is even worse than expected, there should not be any unforeseen cuts coming. We are working hard to increase revenue rather than have to cut benefits.
Please see and share our website on disability-specific issues related to COVID 19 in Colorado.
Julie Reiskin, Executive Director
The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition stands with the Black Lives Matters movement to bear witness to the pain of centuries of racial oppression, inequity and white supremacy intensified by recent brutal actions including but not limited to the murder of George Floyd, the flaunting of white privilege by Amy Cooper, and the recent executions of Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. (continue reading)
Dear CCDC Members: I have long admired the work of the National Federation of the Blind. I have been at a loss for words and thinking about what to say that is meaningful in light of all that is going on. I still have not found the right words, but the message from the president of NFB is important and I think this is relevant for all disability groups. (continue reading)
Starting this week, Denver is transitioning from the stay-at-home order to the safer-at-home phase. Although residents are no longer ordered to stay at home, we are strongly encouraged to do so whenever possible. However, those considered at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are asked to continue following stay-at-home recommendations, only leaving home for medical care and essential activities. (continue reading)
CCDC has signed on to this letter with other coalition partners. As COVID-19 outbreaks continue to climb in Colorado prisons, several organizations called on Governor Polis today to assert his executive authority and clemency powers to protect the most vulnerable people in prisons before it’s too late. (continue reading)
A letter to the membership from Julie Reiskin, ED. urging calm while we watch the budget process carefully as the process plays out. (continue reading)
CCDC has completed our first review of the budget documents. This is each agency’s projection of what cuts need to be made, and if these are not sufficient what deeper cuts would look like. When reviewing the documents it was clear care was taken to avoid undue consequences to “vulnerable populations”. While we do not like many of these, with a few small exceptions, we can accept them. (continue reading)
Letter from Julie Reiskin to the membership: This week we expect to hear about Medicaid and other state government service cuts. We want everyone to be aware that when news breaks about cuts and changes, often rumors and misinformation become rampant throughout the web and social media. That is why we wanted to let you know ahead of time what we think may be coming and where you can go to trust what you read. (continue reading)
CCDC’s letter to Governor Jarid Polis urging Critical Care Triage guidelines for the state of Colorado. (continue reading)
CCDC’s letter crafted by our Executive Director and several partner organizations to Governor Polis regarding the Survival of People with Disabilities during COVID-19 Pandemic. (continue reading) (Español)
From Julie Reiskin, Executive Director, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition: To ensure better outcomes for our community during this unprecedented time, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition is being proactive, compassionate, and conscious in our response to COVID-19.
CCDC members have asked to hear from us about COVID 19 or the Coronavirus, and what it means for people with disabilities in Colorado. This memo will attempt to explain what we know to date. Please be assured that CCDC staff continue working (some from home and all of us safely), advocating, and ensuring the response efforts do not forget people with disabilities.
CCDC has signed on to this letter with other coalition partners
May 8, 2020
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DENVER – As COVID-19 outbreaks continue to climb in Colorado prisons, several organizations called on Governor Polis today to assert his executive authority and clemency powers to protect the most vulnerable people in prisons before it’s too late. In a letter sent to the Governor, the organizations cited new data proving that his actions to date are insufficient to protect the lives of elderly and medically compromised people in prisons, correctional staff and the community at large.
“It is clear that the [Governor’s] Executive Order was insufficient to address the crisis and that further action is needed now, before more deaths come. We urge you to exercise your substantial power to safely release as many incarcerated people as possible, most particularly incarcerated people who, due to their age and/or medical conditions, are at serious risk of sickness or death from COVID-19. Without your actions, widespread illness, hospitalizations and deaths are inevitable.”
The letter goes on to say that while Colorado’s COVID-19 curve may be flattening for those who are free, the public health crisis is reaching a fever pitch for people who are incarcerated. Testing at the Sterling Correctional Facility, now the site of the state’s 2nd largest COVID-19 outbreak, has confirmed that at least 278 people there — 266 incarcerated people and 12 staff members — have tested positive for the virus, many of whom are asymptomatic. At four other U.S. state prisons, 96% of the nearly 3,300 people who tested positive also showed no symptoms for the virus, further illustrating that simply isolating those who seem sick from those who appear well is not enough to halt the spread. At least one man died from contracting COVID-19 at Sterling — he was 86-years-old.
The ACLU and eight criminal justice and indigent defense organizations sent a letter to the Governor on March 17 urging him to take decisive action to depopulate prisons and jails. The Governor later issued an Executive Order, which granted Colorado Department of Corrections Director Dean Williams the broad authority to consider releasing more than 7,000 people. But that order has been ineffective. More than a month after the Governor’s executive order was issued, the CDOC has only released around 200 people, with over 16,000 remaining behind bars and prisons still at over 90% capacity. So far, at least 25 CDOC staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and 57 are on leave related to possible symptoms or exposure. These numbers, like those at other facilities around the country, are almost certainly a dramatic undercount of the number of infected staff members statewide.
Today’s letter makes specific recommendations for actions by Governor Polis that would substantially and safely reduce the prison population. In following these recommendations, Polis would join the ranks of Governors from a dozen states who have worked to release thousands of incarcerated people on an emergency basis to mitigate disaster, including New York, Kentucky and Maryland. In Colorado, the numbers prove that left to its own devices, the CDOC has not effectively and substantially reduced the prison population and the Governor must intervene.
“Colorado just abolished the death penalty. We cannot keep elderly and medically vulnerable Coloradans incarcerated in prisons that are likely to become their death traps.”
The signatories of the letter are the: Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, Physician’s for Criminal Justice Reform, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Center for Health Progress, Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel, Black Lives Matters 5280, Colorado Lawyers Committee, Office of Alternate Defense Counsel, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Civil Rights Education & Enforcement Center, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Working Families Party, Lawyers Civil Rights Coalition, Second Chance Center, Colorado Freedom Fund, Criminal Justice Act Panel Standing Committee and ACLU of Colorado.
The ACLU of Colorado is the state’s oldest civil rights organization, protecting and defending the civil rights of all Coloradans through litigation, education and advocacy.View this press release on our website at: https://aclu-co.org/
Text of the letter sent to the Federal leaders
April 10, 2020
The Chanda Plan Foundation was created when founder, Chanda Hinton’s life was saved by integrative therapies. On her deathbed, at a scant 59 lbs. she was desperate to try anything. Through integrative therapies, Chanda regained her health and felt more alive than she ever had since that life-changing day when she became a quadriplegic. Why in 10 years had integrative therapies not been recommended? Why wasn’t anybody talking about the benefits?
These questions and Chanda’s life-saving outcome fueled the start of the foundation and the mission of improving the quality of life for persons with physical disabilities through direct services and systemic change to access integrative therapies. Listen to Chanda explain the ground-breaking work they are doing!
The Chanda Center for Health: A look at integrated Healthcare
April 23, 2020
Webinar Panelists: Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH Director, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, Julie Reiskin, LCSW, Executive Director, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Govind Persad, JD, PhD, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Moderator: Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, Center for Bioethics and Humanities.
This event was made possible by the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities Holocaust Genocide and Bioethics Program which is funded by the William S. Silvers, MD Endowment Fund, the Rose Community Foundation, and JEWISHcolorado.
Crisis Triage and People with Disabilities: Historical Lessons for a Time of Covid
April 4, 2020
Kristen Castor grew up with a disability, and she will tell you if she wasn’t able to do absolutely everything by herself without assistance, she wasn’t going to get anywhere. Well, Kristen has gone many places – from being bussed to a “flat” school, graduating high school, attending college, travel in Europe, and then joining the peace corps, her life experiences are truly amazing. Listen to Kristen share the birth of the civil rights movement in Colorado from someone who was there.
Disability Power in Colorado since 1975 with Kristen Castor
April 17, 2020
Learn from Susan Niner, former Deputy Director at the Colorado Division of Housing while she discusses low-income housing options, the impact COVID-19 on housing options, as well as reasonable accommodations.
Housing Webinar with Susan Niner
Listen to Brenda Mosby’s talk about her journey through Vocational Rehabilitation as she went from an unemployed newly blind individual to her Master’s degree as a vocational rehab counselor – all through the local DVR. Learn how you can benefit too.
How to Get the Most Out of DVR Part 1
How to Get the Most Out of DVR Part 2
Join Louise Vaughn, Director of HR for Arc Thrift, talk about interviewing and people with disabilities: what are the parts of an interview, how do you handle needing to ask for an accommodation, how do you interview people with disabilities, and so much more. The Arc employs more than 350 people with disabilities – come and learn from the expert.
Interview Tools for People with Disabilities
CCDC Probate Lawyer, Chris Brock talks about the critical documents you need to ensure your medical choices are adhered to. He explains what they are, which are important, and how you can put them in place.
Wills and Advanced Directives
The City is planning a sweep of all the encampments from 20th to 23rd, from Welton to Curtis – there are about 300 people without housing living at these encampments. We are in a State of Emergency with a deadly pandemic spreading across our nation… And THIS is how our Mayor treats people living on our streets who can’t afford his mile-high rent.
The Mayor’s Office LIED: On March 24th the Mayor’s office replied to an email stating it was “correct” that the city “would not be displacing people or their property” during this state of emergency. We are still in a state of emergency with a pandemic spreading across our City. The Mayor’s office lied straight out. How are people on the streets supposed to trust our government when they are lied to like this?
You Can’t “Stay at Home” when Your Tent is Being Swept: The sweep is scheduled for April 30th. The stay-at-home order has just been extended to May 8th. How are people living in tents at these encampments supposed to “stay at home” when the closest thing they have to a home, their tent, is being evicted from public space with nowhere to go?
CDC guidance says Sweeps should NOT take place UNLESS INDIVIDUAL HOUSING is AVAILABLE for all at the encampment: The CDC guidance clearly states the following,
“Unless individual housing units are available, do not clear encampments during community spread of COVID-19. Clearing encampments can cause people to disperse throughout the community and break connections with service providers. This increases the potential for infectious disease spread.” https://www.cdc.gov/
Where are the 300 housing units for residents of these encampments???
As of yesterday, there were 95 tents in the area planned to be swept. There are between 1 and 5 people staying in each tent, meaning there are about 300 people living outside in this area. In order to follow CDC guidance, stay-at-home orders, and care about human beings, individual housing (i.e. vacant apartments or hotel rooms) must be provided to every person in these encampments before they can be swept. Either housing needs to be given for all 300 people or the sweep needs to be called off.
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