State Plan For Independent Living
ADA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The following organizations were involved in planning the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Nebraska:
ARC OF NE
PEOPLE FIRST OF NE
DISABILITY RIGHTS NE
BRAIN INJURY ALLIANCE OF NE
NE COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
LEAGUE OF HUMAN DIGNITY
MUNROE MEYER INSTITUTE
NE FAMILYSUPPORT NETWORK
Statement of Solidarity
In the past few weeks, cities and towns have been vocal and demanded justice for George Floyd and all the other black Americans murdered before him like Ahmad Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and too many more. Also, demanding dramatic change to prevent another needless death at the hands of police brutality and white supremacy. The Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council (NESILC) has heard this outcry and we, as an organization, condemn the police violence and racism that has led to this moment. We are in solidarity with the Black community and demand justice for all the victims of police violence across the nation. We know that black lives matter and we support social justice initiatives led by communities of color to help eradicate systemic racism.
In the words of the Georgia SILC Executive Director Shelly Simmons “I wish I had the answers. But what I do know is, at this very moment we have to make sure our voices are heard…through our VOTE! If you are dissatisfied with policies that have you at a disadvantage, replace the policymakers. Our silence, our failure to VOTE is equally complicit to the brutality and inequality we witness and experience it daily.
We, consistently, have to have uncomfortable conversations while developing equitable policies and solutions. Perhaps it is just me, but whenever the conversations stop, we end up at the same spot over and over again.
And yes, there has to be protest; and radical protest when necessary! Civil Rights protests and the Capitol Crawl both led to change. In 1977, The 504 Sit-In was the longest non-violent occupation of a federal building in United States history. During the course of the 26-day sit-in, the Black Panther Party played a leading support role in providing food for the demonstrators. Over and over again, the disabled protesters credited the BPP with literally sustaining their struggle, “keeping us alive body and soul,” as one person put it.”
Our organization wants to work to be part of the solution and reflect that in our actions every day.
To help eliminate any risk from COVID-19 the NE Statewide Independent Living Council (NESILC) has decided to not hold any in person meetings for the foreseeable future. All public comment meetings at all time. Public comments can be submitted by using form at the bottom of this page. In accordance with the NESILC Pandemic Policy our office will not reopen until there is 14 day decline in the COVID-19 numbers in Nebraska.
Hope everyone stays well!