Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and Ed Roberts by getting involved --RSS Feed

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator, with Melanie Hupfer, PR & Marketing Coordinator
 
We all long for leaders to help us navigate through turbulent waters. This coming week, we celebrate both Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 21) and Ed Roberts Day (January 23). Martin Luther King Jr. and Ed Roberts are both mighty champions in civil rights and their legacies continue to make an impact.

 
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

For those who don’t know, Ed Roberts was a leader in the disability rights movement who is considered “The Father of Independent Living.” Roberts and many others fought for people with disabilities to have equal rights in employment, education, public places and all other areas of life.
 
It is up to us to keep the flame of equality lit. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.”
 
No one can ignore the work that must be done to achieve equality. The people most oblivious to inequality are those who benefit from an imbalance they don’t realize exists. Oftentimes when injustice strikes someone personally, it is then they are prompted to take action.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. also said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
 
If you haven’t been impacted by inequality in your life, don’t wait until it strikes you before you take action, because if it strikes your neighbor—it has pierced you too.
 
Take action today by fueling your passion and getting involved in making our communities more equitable.  
 
Some disability-related issues you may be interested in are the lack of affordable, accessible housing; unemployment; or the lack of accessibility in businesses and other public places. Opportunities to be involved abound!
 
To get involved with disability rights advocacy issues you can contact your legislators about issues that are important to you or join a systems advocacy team at IndependenceFirst. You can get involved in advocating for transportation, accessibility and more.
 
There is no greater emptiness than a life spent on itself. Get involved. Change the world for other people and yourself.
 
For more information, call us at 414-291-7520 V/Relay.

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