[nabs-l] Protests on College Campuses

Anna Givens annajee82 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 06:27:18 UTC 2015


Hey Justin,
I personally think this is an excellent idea.  Although we haven't discussed it, I believe that we in Colorado would be interested.  I too am concerned about the support issue. As CABS seems to be struggling right now, I don't know how it would go.  But at the very least, I will say that I think it is a good idea.  
I agree that having a call about it sometime in the future would be nice.
Although I have concerns, I agree with your point that we must try to do even what we don't believe we can do.
I will mention this idea to the rest of my board and see what they have to say.
Great work, as always.

Anna E Givens

> On Jan 20, 2015, at 10:45 PM, Justin Salisbury via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> Thank you for the compliment, Darian.
> 
> I believe we have enough talented leaders in our movement that we could get a good batch of university protests together. It can be some work, but we wouldn't want to have students doing it alone. There are things that protest organizers can recruit other people to do. A lot of sizeable universities have local chapters near them, and many of our student leaders are active in organizations on their campuses that might be willing to help shoulder the load. I think the biggest key is making sure that the direction comes from someone with a sound philosophy and who directs people they can trust. Good friends can be helpful, too.
> 
> I can appreciate that some students may think this is beyond their reach just like that first drop route or cooking a meal for 40 during training. Just like with those milestones in training, we build our skill sets to the point where we can jump that hurdle before we try. If most of us just give our best effort and try to do a little more than we believe we are capable of achieving, we will be proud of the results.
> 
> If anyone doesn't believe that, pack a bag and come to Ruston, Louisiana, for nine months!
> 
> Sincerely yours,
> 
> Justin
> 
> Justin Salisbury - Running Thunder Phoenix
> Graduate Student
> Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness
> Louisiana Tech University
> Email: jms132 at latech.edu
> Twitter: @SalisburyJustin
> 
> But, of course, we will not fail. We will continue to climb. Our heritage demands it; our faith confirms it; our humanity requires it. Whatever the sacrifice, we will make it. Whatever the price, we will pay it. Seen from this perspective, the hostility and backlash (the challenges and confrontations) are hardly worth noticing. They are only an irritant. My brothers and my sisters, the future is ours. Come! Join me on the stairs, and we will finish the journey. 
> - Dr. Kenneth Jernigan
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Darian Smith [mailto:dsmithnfb at gmail.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 2:28 PM
> To: Justin Salisbury; National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Protests on College Campuses
> 
> Hi all:
> 
> Justin, as usual you bring about some real good ideas.
>  this concept  has  historically been effective in the days of the civil rights movements, and today various political associations still employ similar tactics, so there’s no reason why we  couldn’t go about the attempt.
> On the other hand, a good deal of blind students either are the only blind person on campus  or go about their semesters with the idea that they are the only blind person  on campus. 
> In order for such an effort to gain wide-spread traction, blind students  would need to feel motivated to get involved with our legislative work, supported with the tools and personal encouragement to organize other students  and believe that they have the time to devote to making this happen  on top   of their academic responsibilities   as most students feel they have a tough enough time simply being a student, and doing that job  at a high level.
> I think that the vision you have is a strong one and one i have always wanted to see our collective student division become strong enough/active enough to do.
>  I’m interested to hear what your thoughts and the thoughts of others might be on the matter.
> 
>  Darian.           
>> On Jan 20, 2015, at 11:35 AM, Justin Salisbury via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> 
>> Fellow Federationists:
>> 
>> I've been thinking about an idea for how NABS can contribute to the legislative work of the National Federation of the Blind, and I have talked with a few friends about it. Now, I want to ask what the NABS membership thinks of it.
>> 
>> We could coordinate protests on college campuses and do it 
>> strategically to raise awareness to our legislative causes. I bet 
>> there are a lot of college students who would stand up and protest 
>> subminimum wages if they only knew about it. We could do it with our 
>> other bills, too,
>> 
>> Another dimension we could add is If we coordinated them to be all on the same day, or at least multiple ones on the same day. This could help us get national media attention. For example: Today, students at Harvard, Yale, Louisiana Tech, and four other universities protested the outdated practice of paying wages like three cents per hour to workers with disabilities.
>> 
>> This would require heavy involvement of local students, but the returns could be amazing.
>> 
>> What do people think of this idea?
>> 
>> Yours,
>> 
>> Justin
>> 
>> Justin Salisbury - Running Thunder Phoenix Graduate Student 
>> Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness Louisiana 
>> Tech University
>> Email: jms132 at latech.edu<mailto:jms132 at latech.edu>
>> Twitter: @SalisburyJustin
>> 
>> But, of course, we will not fail. We will continue to climb. Our heritage demands it; our faith confirms it; our humanity requires it. Whatever the sacrifice, we will make it. Whatever the price, we will pay it. Seen from this perspective, the hostility and backlash (the challenges and confrontations) are hardly worth noticing. They are only an irritant. My brothers and my sisters, the future is ours. Come! Join me on the stairs, and we will finish the journey.
>> -          Dr. Kenneth Jernigan
>> 
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