Justice For All
Does Bush Seek To Weaken Our Civil Rights?
DOES BUSH SUPPORT WEAKENING AMENDMENT TO ADA? BUSH SPOKESPERSON, "NO
COMMENT." WILL BUSH SIGN ADA PLEDGE? "THE GOVERNOR DOES NOT SIGN PLEDGES."
On September 14th a group of us -- Texas disability rights advocates --
demonstrated in front of the Austin campaign office of presidential candidate
George W. Bush, demanding a dialogue about ADA. Texas under Governor Bush had
opposed our ADA rights in the Olmstead case, and so far has refused to support
ADA in the Garrett case. The 2000 platform of the Texas GOP, under Governor
Bush, calls for an amendment to the ADA that would exclude millions from civil
A campaign spokesperson said the Governor was not in Austin. Asked if the Governor would sign the AAPD pledge to support the ADA that Al Gore had already signed, the spokesperson said, "The Governor does not sign pledges." Asked about the party's call for a devastating amendment to the ADA, the spokesperson said, "The Governor did not write it." Asked if the Governor supported the ADA position of his party's platform, the spokesperson refused to answer. Asked if the Governor, like Al Gore, had appointed a disability issue person to his campaign, the spokesperson said, "Yes," but he refused to give the name. When Bob Kafka tried to ask him about Olmstead and Garrett, he refused to answer any more questions in the presence of the media. We declined to continue the meeting without media witnesses, and we left.
Chair, Justice For All
Getting Out the Disability Vote: http://nod.org/vote2000/vote2000.html
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