[nfbwatlk] ACB Resolution

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Sun Jul 15 14:48:43 CDT 2012


Hi, Jedi.

Morally, I absolutely agree with you. Moreover, as I indicate in another
message, I consider the role-reversal here most interesting. I'ts usually
ACB that trumpets its making common cause with other disabilities, accusing
NFB of being narrow-minded at best and only caring about the "super-blind"
at worst. In this instance, however, it is *we* who are making common cause
with other disability groups who obviously have seen through the flimflam of
those who say they are providing pride to disabled workers supposedly
incapable of earning a living (one wonders whether those who utter such
nonsense would accept or live very long on pride as opposed to real money).

However, fairness compels me to observe that, assuming the recommendation of
the Resolutions Committee were the same, the resolution wouldn't have passed
under our convention rules, either. First, Jeff Bishop wasn't there to speak
for his own resolution, either during the committee meeting or on the
convention floor. Second, the way things are currently structured, to
overcome a "do not pass" recommendation of the Resolutions Committee, were
Mr. Bishop operating in our organization, he would have had to get the
recommendations of five affiliate presidents to bring the resolution to the
floor.

The foregoing is not meant to disrespect your musings or to disassociate me
from the indignation we all ought to feel at the moral bankruptcy this
resolution shows ACB to have descended to.

Mike Freeman


-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Jedi
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:00 PM
To: nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] ACB Resolution

Holy crap! That's crazy! For an organization that claims to be more
democratic than the Federation, i'm suprised that Robert's Rules were not
observed calling for discussion, and it's not like they waited a terribly
long time for someone to get to a mic to recommend a  do pass. 
And recommending a do pass (or asking for such a recommendation) is not the
same as having discussion is it? Maybe it is in ACB parlance, i don't know.

But what I do know is that Michael Byington is a traditional mobility
instructor who, to be honest with you, strikes me as a high and mighty
partial.. In other words, I'm thinking there's some bias on his part as a
subject matter expert. I also find it interesting that it was pointed out
that NFB pushed the legislation to begin with. And finally, is the man
correct that 100% of NIB employees are paid at least minimum wage? 
Or at least, the primarily blind ones anyway? Frankly, if I were an ACB
member with multiple disabilities, I'd be pissed at that guy for saying
that, in affect, blind folks with other disabilities really don't matter.
But I'm willing to bet there are some blind folks out there not getting paid
minimum wage.

You're right Mike. This is just sad. I'm really disappointed in the ACB
convention for not passing this resolution.

Respectfully,
Jedi

Original message:
> Here is the dropbox link that Chris Danielsen sent out. 
> https://dl.dropbox.com/u/5492542/fairwages_at_acb.mp3
> Denise Mackenstadt
> dmackenstadt at comcast.net



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