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

Anitra Webber anitrawebber at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 15 16:09:13 CDT 2012


Usaully you pay dues to the chapter in your area. In Salt Lake City Utah we pay $2 a year. 
  

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 From: Devin Prater <r.d.t.prater at gmail.com>
To: NFB Talk Mailing List <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org> 
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 1:30 PM
Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] My reasons for reconsideration of joining the NFB, please read.
  
Thank you for your quick responses to my questions. The only money I have
now is around perhaps $30 in my iTunes account and $50 in cash, so I don't
have much to offer in donations.

sent from the android. good day and God bless!
On Jul 15, 2012 2:22 PM, "Joshua Lester" <jlester8462 at students.pccua.edu>
wrote:

> Roger:
> You don't have to attend conventions, to be a member.
> Just make donations, and support.
> BTW, the NFB is the voice of the nation's blind.
> We give free white canes to people, and if you need one, you can order
> one off of the site.
> You will also notice, that there is more emphasis on education, than
> what the other group offers.
> I've heard speeches by some of the other group's leaders, where
> they're rude and disrespectfull to the NFB, but I've never heard Dr
> Maurer say anything bad about the other group.
> Our conventions are more civil, than what I've heard, from the other group.
> I was almost sold on the ACB, several years ago, but I was smart
> enough to do my research.
> I almost fell for the accessible currency nonsense, until I saw the
> light, so to speak, and I knew, that the NFB was for me!
> Blessings, Joshua
>
> On 7/15/12, Roger devin Prater <r.d.t.prater at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hmm, well I would need to look into the process of joining. I may not be
> > able to come to many conventions and stuff but I'd join I guess. I just
> need
> >
> > to find out more about it and what it stands for and what all it offers.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Gloria Whipple" <glowhi at centurylink.net>
> > To: "'NFB Talk Mailing List'" <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
> > Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:10 PM
> > Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] My reasons for reconsideration of joining the
> > NFB,please read.
> >
> >
> >>I hope you do! The nfb cares about their members. They are such good
> >> supporters when needed.
> >>
> >> Gloria Whipple
> >>
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org]
> On
> >> Behalf Of Roger devin Prater
> >> Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 14:05
> >> To: NFB Talk Mailing List
> >> Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] My reasons for reconsideration of joining the
> >> NFB,
> >> please read.
> >>
> >> 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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