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February 1: Consumer Connections, Implementation of Managed Care, How your services may be affected and how to be your own advocate. Call Latoya Maddox, Ext. 114.
February 1, 8, 15 & 22: Social Group, 12:00-2:00 PM. Bacal Room. Call Lisa, Ext. 252.
February 1, 8, 15 & 22, March 1 & 8: MYPA (Managing Your Personal Assistant), 1:00-3:00 PM. Working with an attendant can pose some challenging situations. Learn how to direct your own care effectively by understanding your attendant care service (your role and responsibilities). Learn the communication tools and techniques proven to maintain a respectful and professional working relationship between you and your attendant(s). Register Now! Please call Bianca Ext. 391.

February 1, 8, 15 & 22, March 1 & 8: Personal Resources Management, 1:00-3:00 PM. Any consumer who wishes to live independently needs to know how to handle their money. They will learn how to develop a budget, safe use of debit and credit cards, check writing and other methods of bill paying, and how to shop wisely. Register Now! Please call Bianca Ext. 391.

February 2, 9, 16 & 23, March 2 & 9: Health & Wellness, 1:00-3:00 PM. As adults, we tend to take very good care of our aging parents and our children, but don’t necessarily take good care of ourselves. Staying well is a full-time job! Learn how you can maintain good physical and mental health through everyday practice and regular testing. Do you know what goes into a good Home First-Aid Kit? Find out and make your own in this class! Register Now! Please call Bianca Ext. 391.

February 3: Soul Food Fundraiser, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM in Skills Training Kitchen. Platters are $12. Please see menu on last page.
February 3 & 17: Young Adults Club, 1:00-3:00 PM, Oliver Jordan Room. Anyone 18-29 years is welcome to attend. Call Mary Beth, Ext. 335.
February 7, 14, 21 & 28, March 7 & 14: Social Communication Skills, 1:00-3:00 PM. One of the more difficult aspects of living in the community for consumers is developing relationships and learning how to communicate their thoughts and needs. Self-esteem, assertiveness, and the many different methods of communication are discussed. Register Now! Please call Bianca Ext. 391.

February 8: ADAPT Fundraising, 12:00 PM until sold out! Vegetarian lasagna and garlic bread made by Fran Fulton. Just $7. Skills Training Kitchen, Second Floor. Support the fight for civil rights for people with disabilities! To guarantee your lunch, pre-pay your order with Nancy, Ext. 116 or Rodney, Ext. 299.

February 8: Policy Posse, 2:00-4:00 PM, Ed Roberts Room. Campaigning for healthcare Defending the Affordable Care Act. Join the revolution. Call Alan, Ext. 309.

February 10 & 24: Deaf Matters, 1:00-3:00 PM, Wade Blank Room A. Socialize with old friends and meet new people. Discuss what is happening in the world. Learn about Deaf rights. This is a group for people who wish to interact through American Sign Language. No interpreters are provided. Call Harry, 215-600-1536.

February 14: Valentine’s Day Social, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Wade Blank Room B. Come mingle with consumers and talk about loving ourselves first. Light Refreshments will be served. To RSVP for this event contact Pearl ext. 319.

February 21: LRI’s Food Pantry, 11:00 AM until food supplies are exhausted. The Food Pantry is open on the third Tuesday of every month! Please bring a bag.

February 15: Support Group for Consumers with Psychiatric Disabilities, 3:30-5:00 PM, Skills Training Room. Call Morgan, Ext. 124.

February 16: Webinar, 1:30-3:00 PM, Wade Blank Room A. Update on the Implementation of Managed Care Long-Term Services and Supports presented by the Department of Human Services.

February 17: Support Group for Disabled Women over 40, 1:00-2:30 PM, Skills Training Room. Call Pearl Ext. 319.

February 17: Getting to Know You & You & You, 1:00-3:00 PM, Wade Blank Room B. LRI’s newest social group. The group will meet every 3rd Friday. Call Bill, Ext. 197.

February 22: SciFi Connections, 2:00-4:00 PM, Justin Dart Room. View a science fiction television pilot followed by discussion. Refreshments!! Call Patrick, Ext. 695.

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FEBRUARY EVENTS

Liberty Resources, Inc. offers Consumers a variety of programs and events each month.  All events take place at LRI, 801 Arch Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19107.  For more information about any activity listed, call LRI’s main number (215-634-2000) and the extension at the end of the listing.

Liberty Home Choices: To enroll in LRI’s attendant agency, call Ext. 617.

Every Wednesday:  Legal Advocacy – Temple University’s Law School provides free advice and representation for Consumers on general legal problems. To schedule an appointment, call 215-204-1800.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Open Nicole’s Place in its new location 112 N. 8th Street. Second Floor, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Across from the Wade Blank Conference Room. Call Christine, Ext. 217.

ReTreads: By appointment only. Consumers may obtain free clean, inspected, recycled wheelchairs and other devices.  Retreads also accepts used wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment. Call Ext. 272, leave a message and someone will call you back to set up an appointment.

Peer Support: Connect with other disabled people one-on-one or in group settings. Call Bill ext. 197 or Morgan ext. 124

Every Thursday: Philadelphia City Council, City Hall, Room 400, 10 AM to Noon. Please attend to let Council members know people with disabilities are concerned about issues affecting the city and our Community. Call Harry, 215-600-1536 (VP).

Every Tuesday: Basic Sign Language Class, 1:00-3:00 PM, Ed Roberts Room. (Deaf and Hard of Hearing ONLY). Call Igor, 267-507-1178.

Every Thursday: Math Class in ASL, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Ed Roberts Room. Learn How to Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, Create a budget and Write a check. Call Igor, 267-507-1178.

February 1: Consumer Connections, Implementation of Managed Care, How your services may be affected and how to be your own advocate. Call Latoya Maddox, Ext. 114.

February 1, 8, 15 & 22: Social Group, 12:00-2:00 PM. Bacal Room. Call Lisa, Ext. 252.

February 1, 8, 15 & 22, March 1 & 8: MYPA (Managing Your Personal Assistant), 1:00-3:00 PM. Working with an attendant can pose some challenging situations. Learn how to direct your own care effectively by understanding your attendant care service (your role and responsibilities). Learn the communication tools and techniques proven to maintain a respectful and professional working relationship between you and your attendant(s). Register Now! Please call Bianca Ext. 391.

February 1, 8, 15 & 22, March 1 & 8: Personal Resources Management, 1:00-3:00 PM. Any consumer who wishes to live independently needs to know how to handle their money. They will learn how to develop a budget, safe use of debit and credit cards, check writing and other methods of bill paying, and how to shop wisely. Register Now! Please call Bianca Ext. 391.

February 2, 9, 16 & 23, March 2 & 9: Health & Wellness, 1:00-3:00 PM. As adults, we tend to take very good care of our aging parents and our children, but don’t necessarily take good care of ourselves.  Staying well is a full-time job!  Learn how you can maintain good physical and mental health through everyday practice and regular testing.  Do you know what goes into a good Home First-Aid Kit?  Find out and make your own in this class! Register Now! Please call Bianca Ext. 391.

February 3: Soul Food Fundraiser, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM in Skills Training Kitchen. Platters are $12.  Please see menu at the bottom of this page.

February 3 & 17: Young Adults Club, 1:00-3:00 PM, Oliver Jordan Room.  Anyone 18-29 years is welcome to attend. Call Mary Beth, Ext. 335.

February 7, 14, 21 & 28, March 7 & 14: Social Communication Skills, 1:00-3:00 PM. One of the more difficult aspects of living in the community for consumers is developing relationships and learning how to communicate their thoughts and needs. Self-esteem, assertiveness, and the many different methods of communication are discussed. Register Now! Please call Bianca Ext. 391.

February 8: ADAPT Fundraising, 12:00 PM until sold out! Vegetarian lasagna and garlic bread made by Fran Fulton. Just $7.  Skills Training Kitchen, Second Floor. Support the fight for civil rights for people with disabilities! To guarantee your lunch, pre-pay your order with Nancy, Ext. 116 or Rodney, Ext. 299.

February 8: Policy Posse, 2:00-4:00 PM, Ed Roberts Room. Campaigning for healthcare Defending the Affordable Care Act.  Join the revolution. Call Alan, Ext. 309.

February 10 & 24: Deaf Matters, 1:00-3:00 PM, Wade Blank Room A. Socialize with old friends and meet new people. Discuss what is happening in the world. Learn about Deaf rights. This is a group for people who wish to interact through American Sign Language. No interpreters are provided.  Call Harry, 215-600-1536.

February 14: Valentine’s Day Social, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Wade Blank Room B.  Come mingle with consumers and talk about loving ourselves first. Light Refreshments will be served. To RSVP for this event contact Pearl ext. 319.

February 21: LRI’s Food Pantry, 11:00 AM until food supplies are exhausted. The Food Pantry is open on the third Tuesday of every month! Please bring a bag.

February 15: Support Group for Consumers with Psychiatric Disabilities, 3:30-5:00 PM, Skills Training Room. Call Morgan, Ext. 124.

February 16: Webinar, 1:30-3:00 PM, Wade Blank Room A. Update on the Implementation of Managed Care Long-Term Services and Supports presented by the Department of Human Services.

February 17:  Support Group for Disabled Women over 40, 1:00-2:30 PM, Skills Training Room. Call Pearl Ext. 319.

February 17: Getting to Know You & You & You, 1:00-3:00 PM, Wade Blank Room B.  LRI’s newest social group. The group will meet every 3rd Friday. Call Bill, Ext. 197.

February 22: SciFi Connections, 2:00-4:00 PM, Justin Dart Room. View a science fiction television pilot followed by discussion.  Refreshments!!  Call Patrick, Ext. 695.

Our entrance has moved to 112 N. 8th Street. You will need to use this entrance moving forward. You will no longer be able to enter the building at 801 Arch Street. The elevator in the lobby will only take you to the second floor, where a receptionist will greet you. You will need to take a separate elevator to get to the sixth floor. The receptionist will give you directions if you need them.

February 3rd Soul Food Menu

Platters are $12 and come with two sides

Barbecue or Baked Chicken

Fried Whiting

Sides $4

Baked Mac and Cheese

Cabbage/ Yams/ String Beans/ Potato Salad

Seafood Salad $4 (not included as side for platter)

Desserts $3

Lemon Cake/ 7 up cake/ Chocolate Cake/ Banana Pudding

To place an order please call Pearl ext. 319 or Rodney ext. 299

 

Check back soon for events in 2017.

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Ride sharing a hit in Philly, but city’s disabled are still left behind

LRI’s very own Liam Dougherty shared his experiences of what it’s like trying to hailing a ride with a disability, reminding everyone that disability rights are civil rights!

Important legislation is to be voted on TODAY in the PA House. Please call your state legislators, specifically Rep. Gotshall, DiGirolamo, Sims, O’Neal, Micarelli, Taylor & Harris to make sure that Pa House Bill 1290 holds transportation network companies like Lyft & Uber accountable under the ADA, state and local laws.
We will ride!!

Click here to read the full article!

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Front Page Coverage of ‘Me Before You’ Protest

Yesterday, nearly 30 disability advocates gathered in front of the UA Riverview Cinema in South Philly to protest the screening of the film ‘Me Before You’, which tells the story of a six-month romance between a man (Sam Haflin) who has recently become quadriplegic and his caretaker (Emilia Clarke). The film ends with the disabled man choosing to kill himself rather than live in a wheelchair.

The protest received front page coverage in the Metro. Please read and share.

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PROTEST & SURVIVE

CALL TO ACTION

PROTEST AND SURVIVE

Me Before You is not a romance.

It’s an insult to disabled people.

“Our lives are not tragic or pitiful. This film is,”

say disabled people the world over

#LiveBoldly? We already do!

#MeBeforeEuthanasia

Me Before You is the latest Hollywood film to grossly misrepresent the lived experience of the majority of disabled people. In the film, a young man becomes disabled, falls in love with his ‘carer,’ and they have an incredible 6 months together. Despite her opposition, however, the hero does the “honorable” thing by killing himself – leaving his money to her so she can “live boldly” after he is no longer a “burden” for her. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Me Before You is little more than a disability snuff movie, giving audiences the dangerous message that if you are a disabled person, you are better off dead.

Meet us at the UA Riverview Cinema this Monday (June 6) at 3pm ! Let’s show them just how bold we really are!

 

 

 

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LET PHILLY RIDE COALTION’S DEMANDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2016

CONTACT: Matthew Clark, 215-880-0253

LET PHILLY RIDE COALTION’S DEMANDS

Let Philly Ride Coalition applauds Councilman Bobby Henon and Councilwoman Helen Gym and for their support of state legislation that will force PPA to be fair to riders with disabilities, drivers, the City of Philadelphia, and our public schools.

PHILADEPHIA, PA — The Let Philly Ride coalition is a diverse grassroots group of disabled citizens, labor organizations, community organizations, consumers, taxi drivers—even Uber Black and UberX drivers—who together urge that their demands below be met to allow TNC legislation to be fair to all involved.

1) Require TNCs to comply with reasonable requirements of the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) and follow both the letter and the intent of the ADA and the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance by providing equal access to rides at fares equal to non-disabled riders and also require that, at a minimum, 10% of the total number of vehicles operating in the city are WAVs

2) Philadelphia’s 21st Century Minimum Wage Guarantee

3) Injury Fund/WC, Unemployment Benefits and Healthcare for all drivers

Only if these demands are met could fair legislation tailored specifically for Philadelphia ensure disability rights and a level playing field for taxi drivers, owners, and Uber/Lyft drivers.

The Let Philly Ride Coalition is a grassroots group of disabled citizens, consumers, UberBlack, taxi and limousine drivers who seek fair legislation for Philadelphia that will ensure disability rights and a level playing field for taxi drivers, owners, and Uber/Lyft drivers.

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Disabled Protesters in DC: “Our Homes, Not Nursing Homes”

Imagine being sequestered in a nursing home from a young age because the resources that would allow you to live integrated into larger society were unavailable. Would you call that a violation of your civil rights?

About two hundred activists in wheelchairs lined up yesterday along the bike racks in front of the White House fence, chanting, “our homes, not nursing homes” and “disability rights are human rights.” This is the second year that ADAPT, a group of activists with disabilities, staged a protest including civil disobedience to call attention to what it sees as the Obama administration’s relative inattention to the civil rights of this population.

Read more.

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Earle demands PPA take action against illegal and unethical actions by UberX and Lyft

Tom Earle, CEO of Liberty Resources, representing a coalition of disability rights activists and taxi cab drivers, demanded that the Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) enforce an injunction against UberX and Lyft from continuing to operate ride sharing services in Philadelphia.

PPA has been made aware of the unlawful and unethical practices of both UberX and Lyft for some time  yet no action has been taken by the government funded organization.  Last month, the coalition sent hundreds of petitions along with a letter of request to meet with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney to discuss the issue.  The request was denied.  As a result of inaction by both PPA and the Mayor’s office, the coalition staged a protest involving nearly a thousand cabs which halted traffic to a standstill on the most heavily travelled roads around City Hall.

At the PPA Board meeting held today, Earle distributed a letter from the coalition publicly requesting that PPA take action.  “The PPA’s lack of enforcement in Philadelphia continues to violate the civil rights of hundreds of riders with disabilities, including disabled veterans, under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” the letter signed by Earle stated.  “Bureaucratic inertia can no longer be tolerated.”

Re: PPA Enforcement of Taxi & Limousine Regulations

Dear Vince:

As you know, the taxi and limousine riding public, including passengers with disabilities who use wheelchairs, is incensed by the continued flagrant disregard and violation of applicable laws and regulations by transportation network companies such as UberX and Lyft that operate illegally in Philadelphia. The Let Philly Ride campaign, which includes Liberty Resources, Inc. (LRI), Disabled in Action (DIA), Media Mobilizing Project, Philadelphia Limousine Association, Unified Taxi Workers Alliance, and the Taxis for All Philadelphia coalition all understand that, along with the City of Philadelphia, it is the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) responsibility to oversee and regulate taxi, limousine, and airport shuttle/van service in our city.

It is unacceptable for the PPA to selectively enforce its regulations, inspections, permits, and very significant fees against only hardworking drivers and taxi medallion owners while unfairly allowing billion dollar corporations like Uber and Lyft to operate illegally with no regulatory oversight and no payment of fees and permits in Philadelphia county. Accordingly, PPA through its legal counsel, must immediately intervene in the pending litigation against UberX and seek a preliminary injunction to enjoin UberX and Lyft from illegally operating in the city. To be clear, our coalition will also present this demand at tomorrow’s scheduled PPA Board meeting at 9:30 am.

The PPA’s lack of enforcement in Philadelphia continues to violate the civil rights of hundreds of riders with disabilities, including disabled veterans, under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, PPA’s lax enforcement is decimating the economic livelihood of hundreds of taxi and limo drivers and their families. Bureaucratic inertia can no longer be tolerated.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to fairly enforce your authority and regulatory oversight over this urgent matter.

Respectfully,

Thomas H. Earle, Esquire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LRI delivers signed petitions demanding Mayor Kenney end ADA violations by Uber

Recently Liberty Resources joined the Taxi Workers’ Alliance (TWA – a group of taxi driver self-advocates) and the Philadelphia Limousine Association (PLA – a group of limo driver self-advocates) in an effort called Let Philly Ride. Each organization has their own reasons for working together but they all share one focus: making sure that Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft comply with regulations, including those for workers and riders with disabilities.

The common goal is simple – TWA, PLA, Liberty, ADAPT, etc. all want to have a seat at the table when Mayor Kenney and his team meet with Uber leadership to discuss the future of TNCs in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday February 9th, representatives from each organization in the coalition delivered a letter to Mayor Kenney’s office requesting that a meeting be scheduled by the end of the day on Wednesday, February 10th.  The purpose of the meeting is: 1) to bring all the parties together to work out a fair solution, 2) to ask your staff not to encourage people to patronize businesses that don’t have the appropriate licenses; don’t pay their share of the taxes and fees and refuse to honor the ADA that has allow so many disabled citizens to participate fully in life.

A protest will take place on Thursday, February 11th in response to Mayor Kenney’s refusal to respond to the meeting request.

See groups protest City Hall over Kenney’s refusal to meet with disability rights coalition.

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Disability Rights Activists along with Taxi and Limo driver groups to protest City Hall

Over 100 taxis and Uber Black limos, UberX, as well as disability advocates will join together to call for an end to the discriminatory practices of ride hailing company Uber during a protest in front of City Hall at 12:30pm, today, February 11th.

The drivers and the disability community are calling on Mayor Jim Kenney to step in to prevent discrimination by Uber’s ride-hailing service, UberX, along with competitors like Lyft. “UberX discriminates against people in wheelchairs, people with service animals, even pregnant women in labor,” said Thomas H. Earle, civil rights attorney and CEO of Liberty Resources, Inc.  Nationally, Uber is brushing off numerous discrimination lawsuits by claiming the Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply to them. “This is a fight for our civil rights. Philadelphia’s disability rights community fought for wheelchair-accessible taxis for decades.”

Only six out of 1,600 taxis are currently accessible. In Philadelphia, Uber charges passengers in wheelchairs more than twice the rate charged to other passengers. UberWAV costs $3 per mile, compared to $1.10 per mile for UberX.  In contrast, the law requires taxis and limos to charge the same rate to all riders with or without wheelchairs or service animals. Ride-hailing services like UberX are operating illegally in Philadelphia, with no protections for riders or drivers. Accidents with UberX vehicles may not be covered by insurance. Even in the face of multiple class-action lawsuits, Uber insists UberX drivers are contractors rather than employees, meaning drivers have no right to earn minimum wage or organize a union.  Uber is lobbying hard in Harrisburg to pass Senate Bill 984, which would legalize ride-hailing companies without requiring them to play by the same rules as taxis and limos. Last year, then-Councilman Kenney sponsored a resolution calling on the state to legalize UberX and Lyft in Philadelphia. The Mayor’s spokeswoman defended Uber in January, saying, “We use them all the time.”

See LRI delivers signed petitions asking for an end to discriminatory practices by Uber.

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