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    Meet the Media Enabled Musketeers, a group of Russians and Americans with disabilities who have banded together to raise awareness about disability issues through film. They have created a dozen short movies that delve into the everyday challenges faced by people with disabilities — issues of accessibility, love, dreams and prejudice. One of the films, "Don’t Look Down on Me," has become a YouTube sensation, viewed more than...
    Oct 20, 2014 | Story
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    Despite being a major sporting event, the largest Paralympics in history barely made headlines over the past week despite attracting 4,200 athletes from 164 countries and selling out stadiums for every session before it even began. The U.S. host broadcaster, NBC, decided to air only four hour-long highlights packages on its sports channel, compared to its wall-to-wall coverage of the Olympics. The Paralymics were initiated by a group of...
    Sep 10, 2012 | Story
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    Last Friday, Texas reprimanded a psychologist who used what critics say were unscientific methods to examine at least 25 Texas death row prisoners for intellectual disabilities, two of whom were later executed. Dr. George Denkowski was the go-to psychologist for prosecutors who wanted to prove defendants were not mentally handicapped — and therefore eligible for the death penalty. Democracy Now! first covered Dr. Denkowski in January...
    Apr 21, 2011 | Story
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    Rand Paul, the Republican Senate nominee from Kentucky, is scrambling to tamp down a growing firestorm over comments he made suggesting he does not favor portions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    We’re joined by North Carolina State University professor Blair Kelley, author of Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson, and Mike Ervin, a...
    May 21, 2010 | Story
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    A bronze statue of Helen Keller was unveiled Wednesday at the US Capitol. While politicians praised Keller’s work campaigning for people with disabilities, they ignored the radical political involvement that plays another key part of her life story. Keller identified as a pacifist, socialist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World. We speak with Keller biographer Kim Nielsen. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 08, 2009 | Story
  • We speak with two activists about the current state of New Orleans: Bill Quigley is a law professor at Loyola University and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola and Tracie Washington, the director of the NAACP Gulf Coast Advocacy Center. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 10, 2006 | Story
  • Last week, the Missouri state legislature sent Republican Governor Matt Blunt a budget that will eliminate Medicaid coverage for almost 100,000 low-income parents, people with disabilities and elderly people who receive benefits. [includes rush transcript]
    May 13, 2005 | Story
  • A Federal Judge has refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube after an unprecedented action by Congress to allow her case be reviewed by federal courts. We host a debate between a bioethicist and a member of a disability rights group, Not Dead Yet. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 22, 2005 | Story
  • With Florida in the center of the presidential contest, African Americans, Latinos and other groups have come forward to say that they were disenfranchised by the system. Just a few weeks ago, just before the elections, Democracy Now! looked at the challenges that disabled voters would face at the polling places around the country, thousands of which are not wheelchair accessible. An estimated one million Floridians with disabilities say that...
    Nov 21, 2000 | Story
  • It is estimated that if people with disabilities voted at the same rate as the non-disabled, between 5 and 10 million more votes would be cast in next weeks election. According to a Federal Elections Commission report, more than 20,000 polling places across the nation fail to meet the minimal requirements of accessibility for people with disabilities. People are not voting because of a lack of ramps or elevator, no accessible parking, doorways...
    Nov 02, 2000 | Story