Access Living, Disability and May Day

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Image of Michelle Garcia (in foreground) speaking into a bullhorn at a rally organized by Cambiando Vidas.
Access Living is proud to work and advocate in support of and in coalition with the communities represented in May Day activities in Chicago and around the country. Access Living salutes the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and other leaders and participants of May Day Events for resisting against local, regional, and national threats to the rights of, and the safety of laborers, immigrants and refugees in Chicago. As immigrant, refugee, and labor advocates and communities gather in Union Park for the May Day March and Rally, they will collectively bring attention to and advocate against the climate of oppression that pervades marginalized communities in Chicago and around the country. The climate is punctuated by the threat of travel bans, ICE raids, and deportation, threats that are particularly real for people with disabilities.

When thousands of Chicago advocates gather on May 1 for the May Day event, Access Living’s Michelle Garcia will be one of the many people addressing the crowd. Garcia is the community organizer for Access Living’s Cambiando Vidas, an advocacy group that supports Latinos with disabilities. In her work with Cambiando Vidas, Garcia works directly with immigrants unwilling to leave their homes for fear of being detained. She works in communities in which immigrants with disabilities, in the United States in order to secure desperately needed live preserving health care, are deported to places where they will be unable to secure medical attention. She works with immigrants who have been injured on the job, then, after acquiring a disability through employment, denied adequate medical coverage and support.

Through Cambiando Vidas, and through the many other programs housed within Access Living, advocates give voice to people with disabilities who are fighting against barriers to independence, inclusion, choice. On May 1, we are proud to unite with communities in Chicago and around the country who are rallying against threats to our health, safety, and in some cases our existence. We are dedicated to supporting efforts to preserve the status of Chicago and Cook County as Sanctuary communities. We are proud to unite with communities that are committed to creating preserving spaces with all people can freely and safely live, learn, work, and engage in their communities without fear.

The Chicago May Day Rally begins at 1 p.m. at May 1 at Union Park, 1501 West Randolph Street, Chicago. For more information about Access Living, and Access Living’s participation in the May Day event, contact Gary Arnold at 312-640-2199 (voice) or . For more information about the Chicago May Day Rally, visit this link:
Gary Arnold
Public Affairs Manager