Democratic Party Recognizes Disability Rights Day of Action; Statement of Chairman Terry McAuliffe On Berkeley Students' Campaign for Equal Justice

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Democratic National Committee

    BERKELEY, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Democratic Party Chairman Terry
 McAuliffe issued a statement today supporting the Campaign for Equal Justice
 at the University of California at Berkeley.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000107/DCF015 )
     The event is part of the National Disabled Students' Union's April 17th
 nationwide Campaign for Equal Justice.  Disabled Students' Unions' will be
 holding peaceful teach-ins and rallies at over 80 schools and universities
 across the country.
     The National Disabled Students Union (NDSU), founded in February, 2001, is
 a national, cross-disability, student organization.  The NDSU is committed to
 ensuring that all disabled students have the opportunities they need to live
 and work, and the opportunities they need to be full participants in their
 communities and full members of American society.
     Chairman McAuliffe issued the following statement of support:
 
     "The Democratic Party salutes the work of the Disabled Students Union's
 Campaign for Equal Justice, to promote equal opportunity in higher education.
 We support their efforts to ensure that we expand opportunities to all who
 want to be active and successful members of their communities.
     "Discrimination of any kind is a threat to opportunity and progress.
 Inequality and polarization persist in far too many American workplaces,
 schools, and communities.  We must remember that we do not have talent or
 opportunity to waste.  We must continue to lead the fight to end
 discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, ethnicity, sexual
 orientation, and disability.  If we are to move forward as a country, we must
 not sacrifice the equal rights that every American is afforded under the law.
     "The Democratic Party has always believed in the Americans with
 Disabilities Act and will continue to do so, despite seeming opposition from
 the Bush Administration and conservative judges.  We recognize the importance
 of battling against forms of discrimination and disadvantage that stand as
 barriers to individuals and communities.  And so today, the Democratic Party
 praises the efforts of the Disabled Students Union to ensure that disabilities
 are not treated as disadvantages, and that every American gets the equal
 opportunity they deserve."
 
     Visit the DNC's Website at http://www.democrats.org .
 
 

SOURCE Democratic National Committee
    BERKELEY, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Democratic Party Chairman Terry
 McAuliffe issued a statement today supporting the Campaign for Equal Justice
 at the University of California at Berkeley.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000107/DCF015 )
     The event is part of the National Disabled Students' Union's April 17th
 nationwide Campaign for Equal Justice.  Disabled Students' Unions' will be
 holding peaceful teach-ins and rallies at over 80 schools and universities
 across the country.
     The National Disabled Students Union (NDSU), founded in February, 2001, is
 a national, cross-disability, student organization.  The NDSU is committed to
 ensuring that all disabled students have the opportunities they need to live
 and work, and the opportunities they need to be full participants in their
 communities and full members of American society.
     Chairman McAuliffe issued the following statement of support:
 
     "The Democratic Party salutes the work of the Disabled Students Union's
 Campaign for Equal Justice, to promote equal opportunity in higher education.
 We support their efforts to ensure that we expand opportunities to all who
 want to be active and successful members of their communities.
     "Discrimination of any kind is a threat to opportunity and progress.
 Inequality and polarization persist in far too many American workplaces,
 schools, and communities.  We must remember that we do not have talent or
 opportunity to waste.  We must continue to lead the fight to end
 discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, ethnicity, sexual
 orientation, and disability.  If we are to move forward as a country, we must
 not sacrifice the equal rights that every American is afforded under the law.
     "The Democratic Party has always believed in the Americans with
 Disabilities Act and will continue to do so, despite seeming opposition from
 the Bush Administration and conservative judges.  We recognize the importance
 of battling against forms of discrimination and disadvantage that stand as
 barriers to individuals and communities.  And so today, the Democratic Party
 praises the efforts of the Disabled Students Union to ensure that disabilities
 are not treated as disadvantages, and that every American gets the equal
 opportunity they deserve."
 
     Visit the DNC's Website at http://www.democrats.org .
 
 SOURCE  Democratic National Committee