[NFB-Talk] civil disobedience question

Jack Heim john at johnheim.com
Mon Jan 13 17:33:19 UTC 2020

You cannot learn anything about advocacy by asking the people on this 
list. All the people on this list can give you is their personal 
preferences -- which on this list will very much tend toward the 
conservative. If you want to know whether a polite or a confrontational 
approach to protesting works better, you cannot learn that from the 
people on this lis, they don't know anything about advocacy.

The NFB itself has been extraordinarily conservative over the years.  In 
1995, the Braille Monitor held a debate over the use of guide dogs.

The extraordinary thing about that issue of the Braille Monitor was an 
essay by Kenneth Jernigan expressing his opinion that guide dogs were an 
unnecessary burden on society. So you can guess what he'd have thought 
of Adapt.

On 1/13/20 9:10 AM, Chris Westbrook via nFB-Talk wrote:
> I'm curious to know what my fellow NF members think of something. I am on
> the board of a local organization here (not NFB or blindness related) and
> some people from that organization decided to protest lack of wheelchair
> access by totally disrupting the inauguration ceremony for new politicians,
> to the point where they were arrested and almost charged with disorderly
> conduct etc. As you can imagine this has sparked some controversy. I don't
> want to get in to more detail here as I am on the board and we haven't
> discussed things yet, but i'm just curious if anyone feels such militant
> protests are ever justified? I am inclined to say no and definitely not in
> this specific case for other reasons I won't get into here. This protest
> was apparently enabled/aided by ADAPT which seems to be a very in your face
> organization that is bad news in my opinion. It seems to me that such
> protests can only hurt our cause. I think we must be careful to always
> behave with dignity and be the adults in the room so to speak. Curious what
> you all think.
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