Can I just say? Wow! Capitol Action Day 2018 was a phenomenal experience. I have been a part of the Disabled community for more than 16 years and have never felt so empowered as a woman with a Disability.
Capitol Action Day in Sacramento kicked off at Cesar Chavez Plaza. There, I met up with one of my state coordinators, Rosie Humphery, who introduced me to Jennifer Kumiyama, Ms. Wheelchair California 2010, and Theresa de Vera, Ms. Wheelchair California 2014.
Jennifer took the stage and blew everyone away with her rendition of How Far I’ll Go from the movie Moana. The guest speakers were powerful and fired every one up for our march to the capitol including me! I noticed the Fox news crew was there, and before I knew it I was in front of the camera seizing the opportunity to spread the message that disability rights are civil rights.
As we marched towards the capitol, we chanted “We’re here!
We’re loud! Disabled and proud!” I’ve never been surrounded by so many people in chairs celebrating their Disability Pride.
Once at the capitol, we headed directly inside where we met up with Susan Rotchy. She quickly briefed me on a few issues I needed clarification on before speaking with my Assemblywoman Catherine Baker.
Unfortunately, Assemblywoman Baker had left for the day, but her office took our information and even stopped to pose for a few pictures to capture the magic of that day.
I was reminded that anyone being marginalized and discriminated against truly does have a negative impact on everyone.
Disability Capitol Action Day was an enlightening and empowering experience. I can’t wait for next years event!