[NFBOK-Talk] Call to Action! Blind Push Back on Social Media

Audrey Farnum atfarnum at icloud.com
Sun Feb 26 18:08:01 UTC 2017

Greeting everyone.

We need you, your friends, family and anyone on social media who can be convince to spend a few seconds supporting our cause. Here’s what we need you to do:

1. Follow the @nfbok account on Twitter and retweet us like crazy.
2. Write your own tweets opposing HB 1861 and HB 2230. Use the hashtag #BlindPushBack. When tweeting about HB 1861, be sure to tag the bliss author, @leslieosborn1. Sample tweets that you can cut and paste are below.
3. Like our Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/nationalfederationoftheblindok <http://www.facebook.com/nationalfederationoftheblindok>
4. Share our Facebook posts on your personal timeline and gather support from your friends and family.
5. Both HB 1861 and 2230 will be acted on by the Legislature in some capacity on Wednesday March 1. Keep the tweets and post coming from now through Wednesday. We need to keep the pressure up.

We need lots of volume to have a successful social media campaign. Retweeting and sharing just takes a few minutes. We must stand together as the blind push back against harmful legislation about us that was written without input from us. 

HB 1861 seeks to move rehabilitation services for older blind to private entities and out of the Visual Services Division of DRS. Private entities don’t have the blindness skills and experience that is offered by Visual Services staff so training would reduce in quality. Also, Visual Services provides services statewide, including rural areas. Private entities are limited to their regional locations and will leave rural Oklahomans without services.

HB 2230 gives an exemption to county jails allowing them to exclude their commissaries from the Randolph-Sheppard Blind Entrepreneurs Program. This will put blind business owners out of work unfairly. Jobs for the blind are already hard to come by. We don’t want these jobs taken away.

Sample tweets to copy and paste:

Rep. @leslieosborn1 The blind of Oklahoma know what services and training work best for us. We want services from @OKDRS. #BlindPushBack

Tell Representative @leslieosborn1 that blind Oklahomans have a voice. Not about us, without us. No on HB 1861 #BlindPushBack

HB 1861 will reduce services to older blind in OK. Keep services with @okdrs. @leslieosborn1 #BlindPushBack

HB 2230 unfairly takes jobs from the blind. Let us work! @okhousenews #BlindPushBack

Unemployment for blind is 70%. HB 2230 will make this worse. Don’t take our jobs. @okhousenews #BlindPushBack

We want to work, not be forced on to social benefits. No on HB 2230. @okhousenews #BlindPushBack

Thank you for standing together for #BlindPushBack

Audrey T. Farnum
First Vice President
Communications Director
NationalFederation of the Blind Of Oklahoma
www.nfbok.org <http://www.nfbok.org/>
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