[nfb-talk] My reasons for reconsideration of joining the NFB, please read.

Joshua Lester jlester8462 at students.pccua.edu
Sun Jul 15 16:02:14 CDT 2012


Roger:
I'm sorry I misspelled your last name, in the new E-mail.
Here's the Website again, in case you didn't see it.
http://www.nfbal.org
Blessings, Joshua

On 7/15/12, Joshua Lester <jlester8462 at students.pccua.edu> wrote:
> Okay.
> Call your state president!
> Blessings, Joshua
>
> On 7/15/12, Roger devin Prater <r.d.t.prater at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hmm, I looked into the NFB local chapter thing, and discovered that the
>> Alabama site is unavailable.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Joshua Lester" <jlester8462 at students.pccua.edu>
>> To: "NFB Talk Mailing List" <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 1:46 PM
>> Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] My reasons for reconsideration of joining the
>> NFB,
>> please read.
>>
>>
>>> I'm calling the national office, tomorrow, anyway.
>>> I need to order some cane tips, so I'll bring it up!
>>> Joe Ruffalo ought to get on this!
>>> Blessings, Joshua
>>>
>>> On 7/15/12, Gloria Whipple <glowhi at centurylink.net> wrote:
>>>> Hi Joshua,
>>>>
>>>> I agree! I really think that is a very good idea!
>>>>
>>>> Gloria Whipple
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org]
>>>> On
>>>> Behalf Of Joshua Lester
>>>> Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 13:26
>>>> To: NFB Talk Mailing List
>>>> Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] My reasons for reconsideration of joining the
>>>> NFB,
>>>> please read.
>>>>
>>>> Why can't the NFB take "Through Our Eyes," and turn it into KNFB Radio?
>>>> The NFB needs its own radio station!
>>>> Thanks, Joshua
>>>>
>>>> On 7/15/12, Ray Foret Jr <rforetjr at att.net> wrote:
>>>>> Not to mention which, the ACB complained when we set up our NFB
>>>>> Newsline
>>>>> service.  Jallous maybe because we were the ones who did it.
>>>>>
>>>>> I might point out that we stream our national conventions now; and,
>>>>> the
>>>>> stream actually works.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Sincerely,
>>>>> The Constantly Barefooted Ray!!!
>>>>>
>>>>> Now a very proud and happy Mac user!!!
>>>>>
>>>>> Skype name:
>>>>> barefootedray
>>>>>
>>>>> On Jul 15, 2012, at 4:05 PM, Roger devin Prater wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Well, I've also thought about joining the NFB, because they actually
>>>>>> provide services like the NFB newsline and things like that, and I
>>>>>> don't
>>>>>> really know of any that the ACB provides besides their ACB radio
>>>>>> thing.
>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Joshua Lester"
>>>>>> <jlester8462 at students.pccua.edu>
>>>>>> To: "NFB Talk Mailing List" <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
>>>>>> Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:00 PM
>>>>>> Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] My reasons for reconsideration of joining the
>>>> NFB,
>>>>>> please read.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Glad to hear this!
>>>>>> Welcome to the NFB!
>>>>>> Another convert here!
>>>>>> Blessings, Joshua
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On 7/15/12, Michael Capelle <michael.capelle at charter.net> wrote:
>>>>>>> Hello.
>>>>>>> This is going to be a long post, and a lot of heads will turn, I'm
>>>>>>> sure.
>>>>>>> For many years, a lot of people will know, that I was heavilly
>>>>>>> involved
>>>>>>> in the American Council of the Blind, (ACB). Well, this years
>>>>>>> convention
>>>>>>> definitely decided for me, read on, and you will find out why. Now,
>>>>>>> before I continue, I want everyone to remember, that I'm not trying
>>>>>>> to
>>>>>>> bash ACB, just speaking my opinion. First of all, the biggest
>>>>>>> complaint
>>>>>>> I had, was I felt the conference/convention was very disorganized.
>>>>>>> The
>>>>>>> roll call of states, seemed very disorganized, and honestly, the
>>>>>>> "fat"
>>>>>>> jokes were getting very old. Then, on monday, the door prize people
>>>>>>> were
>>>>>>> not even ready, to hand out door prizes. I just felt it was not good
>>>>>>> as
>>>>>>> in previous years. Now, on to the biggest complaint. as some of you
>>>>>>> know, we are in the process of passing a bill, for the subminimum
>>>>>>> wages.
>>>>>>> Basically, making it illegal to pay blind persons less money then
>>>>>>> their
>>>>>>> sighted colleagues. The following information, below, is taken from
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> publication. The NFB, (national Federation of the Blind) definitely
>>>>>>> supports this, and so do I, again, see below.
>>>>>>> Voice of the Nation's Blind
>>>>>>> National Federation of the Blind Logo
>>>>>>> Marc Maurer, President
>>>>>>> 200 East Wells Street
>>>>>>> at Jernigan Place
>>>>>>> Baltimore, MD 21230
>>>>>>> Phone 410 659 9314 Fax 410 685 5653
>>>>>>> www.nfb.org
>>>>>>> The Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2011
>>>>>>> H.R. 3086
>>>>>>> Disabled workers have been unfairly excluded from the federal
>>>>>>> minimum
>>>>>>> wage for 74 years, and today over 300,000 disabled workers are
>>>>>>> working
>>>>>>> for subminimum wages.
>>>>>>> Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) discriminates
>>>>>>> against people with disabilities. This section allows the Secretary
>>>>>>> of
>>>>>>> Labor to grant special wage certificates to employers, permitting
>>>>>>> them
>>>>>>> to pay their workers with disabilities less than the minimum wage,
>>>>>>> often
>>>>>>> in sheltered work environments. In some instances disabled workers
>>>>>>> are
>>>>>>> being paid pennies per hour.
>>>>>>> This discrimination is rooted in low expectations based on
>>>>>>> misconceptions about the capabilities of disabled people. The law
>>>>>>> falsely implies that people with disabilities cannot be productive
>>>>>>> employees, and subminimum wage employers prey on society's
>>>>>>> misconception
>>>>>>> that disabled people are incapable of being competitively employed.
>>>>>>> In
>>>>>>> reality, when provided the proper rehabilitation training and tools,
>>>>>>> workers with disabilities can be productive and financially
>>>>>>> independent.
>>>>>>> Subminimum wage supports an outdated business model that fosters the
>>>>>>> underemployment of workers with disabilities. Section 14(c) was only
>>>>>>> to
>>>>>>> be used "to the extent necessary to prevent curtailment of
>>>>>>> opportunities" for employment of people with disabilities. Instead,
>>>>>>> subminimum-wage sheltered workshops have eroded into day custody
>>>>>>> centers, limiting opportunities for workers with disabilities ever
>>>>>>> to
>>>>>>> transition into integrated, competitive work. These institutions
>>>>>>> instill
>>>>>>> a philosophy of incapacity, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy
>>>>>>> resulting in long-term underemployment.
>>>>>>> The sheltered work system is a cash cow for the subminimum wage
>>>>>>> employer. Many employers insist that paying the minimum wage to
>>>>>>> disabled
>>>>>>> employees would result in lack of profitability and a reduction in
>>>>>>> their
>>>>>>> workforce, but most benefit from philanthropic donations, preferred
>>>>>>> status when bidding on federal contracts, and federal funding.
>>>>>>> Moreover,
>>>>>>> while their disabled workers receive subminimum wages that are
>>>>>>> subsidized by Social Security and public assistance, some workshop
>>>>>>> executives are earning salaries far above industry norms. The
>>>>>>> economics
>>>>>>> overwhelmingly favor subminimum wage employers, encouraging the
>>>>>>> perpetuation of subminimum wage employment and leaving workers with
>>>>>>> disabilities little to no choice for real employment.
>>>>>>> The Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2011:
>>>>>>> Discontinues the practice of issuing special wage certificates. The
>>>>>>> secretary of labor will no longer issue special wage certificates to
>>>>>>> new
>>>>>>> applicants.
>>>>>>> Phases out all remaining special wage certificates over a 3-year
>>>>>>> period.
>>>>>>> Entities currently holding special wage certificates will begin
>>>>>>> compensating their workers with disabilities at no less than the
>>>>>>> federal
>>>>>>> minimum wage, using the following schedule:
>>>>>>> .
>>>>>>> private for-profit entities' certificates will be revoked after 1
>>>>>>> year;
>>>>>>> .
>>>>>>> public or governmental entities' certificates will be revoked after
>>>>>>> 2
>>>>>>> years; and
>>>>>>> .
>>>>>>> non-profit entities' certificates will be revoked after 3 years.
>>>>>>> Repeals Section14(c) of the FLSA. Three years after the law is
>>>>>>> enacted,
>>>>>>> the practice of paying disabled workers subminimum wage will be
>>>>>>> officially abolished, and workers with disabilities will no longer
>>>>>>> be
>>>>>>> excluded from the workforce protection of a federal minimum wage.
>>>>>>> STOP THE DISCRIMINATION
>>>>>>> PROMOTE EQUAL WORK FOR EQUAL PAY
>>>>>>> Cosponsor the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act
>>>>>>> H.R. 3086
>>>>>>> For more information contact:
>>>>>>> Anil Lewis, Director of Strategic Communications
>>>>>>> National Federation of the Blind
>>>>>>> Phone: (410) 659-9314, Extension 2374 E-mail: alewis at nfb.org
>>>>>>> To cosponsor the bill, contact:
>>>>>>> James Thomas in Congressman Cliff Stearns's office
>>>>>>> Phone: (202) 225-5744 E-mail: james.thomas at mail.house.gov
>>>>>>> -OR-
>>>>>>> Tim Powers in Congressman Tim Bishop's office
>>>>>>> Phone: (202) 225-3826 E-mail: tim.powers at mail.house.gov
>>>>>>> Voice of the Nation's Blind
>>>>>>> Now, when this was taken up at the ACB's convention, there was a "do
>>>>>>> not
>>>>>>> pass" recommendation. It went through. This made me very upset, and
>>>>>>> proves, that in my opinion, ACB does not care about the future of
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> BLIND. Therefore, I've decided to give the NFB another try, once I
>>>>>>> can
>>>>>>> afford to, I will pay my dues, to join NFB.
>>>>>>> Thanks for reading.
>>>>>>> Mike.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
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