Recent information and news that matters to Disability Rights California.
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are so proud to be able to share this video with you! You will hear stories often left out of mainstream society. We capture and celebrate voices from across disability and across intersectional AAPI communities, as we share our struggles and our triumphs, and affirm through it, that we will be “Invisible No More!”
It is wild fire season in California and there are many fires across the state. These fires can cause the following problems for people who have disabilities.
Governor Newsom released his “May Revision” to the 2021-22 proposed budget on May 14, 2021 (link to full budget summary). The revised budget proposal is constructed around the projected revenue and deficits in the current year and the 2021-22 budget year. The May Revision stands in stark contrast to the budget of one year ago. Compared to a projected budget deficit of $54 billion last year, the state now has a projected $75.7 billion surplus.
The undersigned organizations issued the following statement on the 1-year anniversary of the death of Mr. Choung Woong Ahn, who died while in the custody of a private, for-profit immigration detention center:
“Today we celebrate the life of Choung Woong Ahn, and mourn its loss as the Earth completes one revolution around the sun since his passing. Mr. Ahn was a 74-year-old South Korean immigrant who died locked inside the Mesa Verde ICE Detention Center, owned and operated by The GEO Group, Inc., on May 17, 2020.
May is annually celebrated as Mental Health Awareness Month to bring awareness to the importance of mental health and break the stigma. Far too often, people with mental health disabilities keep their struggles to themselves for fear of being treated differently. But the fact is, mental health issues are common—About 1 in 4 adults have one, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
More than a year into the worst pandemic in more than a century, COVID-19 has taken on a toll on nearly everyone. In addition to economic insecurity and mounting deaths and hospitalizations, the coronavirus has caused devasting effects to our mental health.
Yesterday, the verdict of guilty on all charges for the murder of George Floyd brings solace to George Floyd’s family, encouragement to Black people who have been subjected to racism for generations, and hope to all people who value human life and equal justice under the law.
As an organization that defends, advances, and strengthens the rights of people with disabilities, Disability Rights California is horrified by the violence against Isaias Cervantes, a 25-year-old Latino deaf and autistic man. On March 31, 2021, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy shot Isaias in his back on the floor of his living room. The shooting left Isaias in critical condition with a spinal cord injury. He remains hospitalized, breathing through a ventilator. If he survives, he may never walk again.
Disability Rights California (DRC) along with its Asian Pacific Islander Resource and Empowerment (ASPIRE) staff members are heartbroken by the acts of violence on March 16, 2021. Eight people were killed at three different businesses in Georgia, including six Asian women.
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a chance to celebrate the over 6 million individuals in the United States that have a developmental disability.
Disability Rights California and advocates share frustration with the new release of guidelines from Governor Newsom for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The new guidelines result in the disabled, chronically ill, high-risk, and immunocompromised people under 65 having to wait even longer, putting their lives at risk.
Disability Rights California celebrates Black History Month with this video featuring members of its staff and the disability community. Black History Month, February, is a time to remember the incredible achievements and contributions of Black people.
Governor Newsom released his 2021-22 proposed budget on January 8, 2021. This budget proposes $227 billion in spending. Despite a global pandemic, the Governor’s budget is positive overall, due in large part to an improved revenue outlook.
DRC is happy to announce a new language feature on our website so you can get all our information in your preferred language.
For over a decade, Disability Rights California has recognized and honored legislators and their staff who have advanced the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, and choices for all people with disabilities.
Giving Tuesday started as a day to harness the generosity of millions of people around the world to support the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.
The general election is coming up on November 3, 2020, where elected officials and important matters are voted on. With 1 in 4 people between the ages of 18-64 living in the United States with a disability, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), your voice matters!