[NFBOH-Cleveland] Fwd: [Ohio-talk] FW: NFB President’s Notebook - week of 09/10/2018

Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 17:39:18 UTC 2018

 Good day Cleveland! Please read the message below and take action today on
the legislative alert. People are leaving the East Coast at a rapid rate
due to Florence including our congressional leaders so please call today!
Have a great day

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From: Richard Payne via Ohio-Talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Date: Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 4:36 PM
Subject: [Ohio-talk] FW: NFB President’s Notebook - week of 09/10/2018
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CC: Richard Payne <rchpay7 at gmail.com>

President’s Notebook

National Federation of the Blind

Mark A. Riccobono

officeofthepresident at nfb.org <mailto:officeofthepresident at nfb.org>

(410) 659-9314

Dear Fellow Federationists,

Meet the Blind Month is quickly headed this way, but we have a lot of
exciting happenings around the Federation in the month of September. You
will find information below about our work with the Baltimore Orioles. You
should know that we will be reaching out to the other major league teams,
with the support of the Orioles, to get them to pursue similar activities
next year. When we open those doors, we will be working with the state
affiliate and local chapter for each team to make sure the local Federation
resources are acknowledged.

Some of you have asked about the announcement regarding Lyft’s assistance
in getting voters to the polls for Election Day. We do not have all of the
logistics worked out with Lyft yet. Please stand by and know that we will
push it out to our members as soon as we have the process worked out with

Finally, please keep those in the path of Hurricane Florence in your
thoughts and prayers. It is likely to disrupt the lives of many of our
members in the Carolinas, and we hope that it ends up being nothing more
than an inconvenience. If you learn of members who face trouble because of
the impact of the storm, please let me know.

Critical Actions This Week:

Legislative Alert:
A very important legislative alert was sent yesterday. Please be sure to
share the information with all of your members, as well as others that
would be willing to contact their representatives. The entire alert is at
the bottom of this message, but below are the highlights.

*       The Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) is sitting idle
in the House Judiciary Committee. We need Chairman Goodlatte to discharge
this bill and put it on the House suspension calendar for a vote.
*       The Access Technology Affordability Act (H.R. 1734) has eighty-four
cosponsors in the House and twelve in the Senate. We need everyone to check
the list and, if their elected representatives have not already signed up
as a sponsor of ATAA, to call to urge them to do so.


Presidential Release:
The September Presidential Release is available at
https://nfb.org/presidential-releases. Of course, it is also available on
NFB-NEWSLINE, the NFB mobile app, via podcast, and through the Amazon Echo.


Next Tuesday, September 18, is National Federation of the Blind Night at
Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The jerseys will have “Orioles” and the
players’ names in Braille, we will be handing out Braille alphabet cards,
and I will be throwing out the first pitch. We have invited many of our
partners to join us at the game. Below are two articles about the event.

Baltimore magazine:

Baltimore Sun:

Also, the jerseys will be auctioned after the game from September 18 at
7:00 p.m. until September 25 at 10:00 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the
National Federation of the Blind. All jerseys will be authenticated by MLB
and autographed. The auction will be taking place at orioles.com/auctions <
http://orioles.com/auctions> .

Dates to Keep in Mind:

*       Fall conventions <https://nfb.org/state-conventions>
*       October 11-12, 2018: Tactile Graphics Symposium

*         November 1, 2018: NFB scholarship application period begins

*         November 15, 2018: Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award application period

*       March 28-29, 2019: Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposium
*       July 7-12, 2019: NFB National Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada

Full Legislative Alert:

Dear Fellow Federationists:

We are at a critical point with two of our legislative priorities that need
your immediate attention.

First, the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) is sitting idle in
the House Judiciary Committee. We need Chairman Goodlatte to discharge this
bill and put it on the House suspension calendar for a vote. The Department
of State will not ratify the treaty until the House of Representatives
passes this bill and the president signs it into law. This legislation is
noncontroversial, supported by all relevant stakeholders, and was passed
unanimously by the Senate on June 28.

Please call Chairman Goodlatte at 202-225-5431 and urge him to “support
blind Americans by putting the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, S.
2559, on the House suspension calendar.” Note that Chairman Goodlatte’s
email web form blocks any emails from outside his district, so please
contact his office via phone.

Our second topic is the Access Technology Affordability Act (H.R. 1734). We
are up to eighty-four cosponsors in the House and twelve in the Senate.
Special thanks to the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois.
Fourteen House members from Illinois and Senator Tammy Duckworth have
cosponsored this legislation.

You can contact your member of Congress by calling the Capitol Switchboard
and asking for the office in question. The number is 202-224-3121. If you
email your representative, please copy me at JPare at nfb.org <mailto:
JPare at nfb.org> .

When you call or email, you might say something like the following:

“Hello, my name is [your name] and I am a constituent of [your
representative]. I live in [city, state]. I am calling to urge [your
representative] to cosponsor H.R. 1734, the Access Technology Affordability
Act. This bill would increase the availability of access technology,
thereby increasing educational and employment opportunities for all blind
Americans. The bill does this by creating a tax credit for the purchase of
access technology. The National Federation of the Blind has analyzed the
cost impact and the bill is either cost neutral or will save the government
money. I urge [representative] to cosponsor the bill. Thanks.”

The eighty-four House cosponsors are listed below in alphabetical order by
state. You do not need to contact your representative regarding the Access
Technology Affordability Act if he or she is already on this list.

In summary we are asking you to make two calls: one to Chairman Goodlatte
regarding the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, and a second call to
your representative regarding the Access Technology Affordability Act. If
you have any questions I can be reached at 410-659-9314, extension 2218.



Access Technology Affordability Act (H.R. 1734) Cosponsors

Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]

Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]

Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]

Rep. O'Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1]

Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9]

Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]

Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10]

Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]

Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]

Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]

Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40]

Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]

Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]

Rep. Torres, Norma J. [D-CA-35]

Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]

Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]

Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]

Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26]

Rep. Demings, Val Butler [D-FL-10]

Rep. Gaetz, Matt [R-FL-1]

Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]

Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5]

Rep. Mast, Brian J. [R-FL-18]

Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8]

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]

Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]

Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]

Rep. Hanabusa, Colleen [D-HI-1]

Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12]

Rep. Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17]

Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]

Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]

Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11]

Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]

Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]

Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18]

Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3]

Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]

Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6]

Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]

Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]

Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10]

Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5]

Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]

Rep. Visclosky, Peter J. [D-IN-1]

Rep. Blum, Rod [R-IA-1]

Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2]

Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3]

Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6]

Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]

Rep. Poliquin, Bruce [R-ME-2]

Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]

Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2]

Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7]

Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]

Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]

Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D-MA-3]

Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5]

Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6]

Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]

Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]

Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]

Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]

Rep. Kihuen, Ruben J. [D-NV-4]

Rep. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV-3]

Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]

Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3]

Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13]

Rep. Faso, John J. [R-NY-19]

Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2]

Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]

Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4]

Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14]

Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]

Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15]

Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2]

Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7]

Rep. Smucker, Lloyd [R-PA-16]

Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5]

Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]

Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]

Rep. O'Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16]

Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]

Rep. Garrett, Thomas A., Jr. [R-VA-5]

Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]

Mark A. Riccobono, President

200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 659-9314 | officeofthepresident at nfb.org <mailto:
officeofthepresident at nfb.org>


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