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David Oaks on "Connecting Disability, March on Washington, and Climate Crisis"

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David W. Oaks, former MFI Director and longtime freedom fighter for psychiatric survivors, blogs on the top 5 ways that the disability movement intersects with the civil rights movement and the environmental movement, especially the climate crisis.

David Oaks on "Connecting Disability, March on Washington, and Climate Crisis"

David and Debra pose on our new deck from Habitat for Humanity in our backyard summer August 2013

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. In his new blog, David shares his reflections on connections between the movements for civil rights, mental health and disability rights, and the environment.

"All of humanity, 100%, confronts despair," writes David. "To find delight despite overwhelming odds is a human task."

"Disablism says we are either independent or dependent. As any environmental problem like a hurricane quickly shows, we are actually all interdependent."

Read his complete thought-provoking post by clicking here.

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Rae Unzicker & Justin Dart

Rae (1948-2001) was a psychiatric survivor activist who was a key bridge-builder between the entire disability movement and our movement to change the mentalh health system. Rae championed the National Council on Disability (NCD) report, From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities Speaking For Themselves. Rae is shown here with her beloved Justin Dart (1930 - 2002), widely considered one of the key disability activists of the last century, and also a bridge builder between our movements. Both Rae and Justin were MFI members. (Photo by Cookie Gant)
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