Disability Action for America is a Political Action Committee (PAC) dedicated to inclusive justice for all Americans with and without disabilities. After the 2016 presidential election Dylan Bulkeley and Colleen Flanagan recognized the continuing unmet need for disability rights to be included in the political dialogue. For too long disability has only been discussed in a medical model ignoring the important civil rights aspects of disability justice.
We are a nationally focused PAC who believes disability should never be a barrier to the American dream. We value accessibility in its many forms and will fight for inclusion of people with disabilities (PWD) in the workforce, the school yard and every aspect of American life.
We have two goals;
1. To recruit disabled people to run for office and provide them the resources needed to win elections.
2. To promote candidates who value disability rights in their run for public office. Together we can fight ableism on Capitol Hill, as well as every other community across the country.
Our core objectives are to organize and mobilize the disability vote. One in every six eligible voters is a person with a disability, this massive voting bloc desperately wants systemic change in healthcare, employment, transportation, immigration and other social policies to include disability rights.
Disability is a social identity and not a problem to be fixed or cured. Disability Action for America believes disability is a natural part of human life and shouldn’t be a barrier to achieve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in America
Our PAC is focused on electing candidates to federal office and will be active in the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential election. There are many ways to be involved with our movement and we invite everyone to participate.
e pluribus unum // out of many, one
This motto of the United States of America is also the guiding principle of Disability Action.
The disability community is a large and diverse coalition including many related but different life experiences that inform how members of this community engage in the world.
Disability is a common experience for all humans. Disability cuts across racial and ethnic lines, is represented in all religions, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations and economic status. Some people are born disabled, some people acquire disability during life, and if we are lucky we will all experience disability as we age.
Disability Action for America is building momentum as a united force fighting for disability rights. As our good friend Ari Ne’eman would say:
“The disability community is a hand with many fingers…but what’s happening right now is that they are all closing together into a fist.”