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Cassie James Holsworth Honored by PA Resolution

Liberty’s own Director of National Policy and Advocacy, Cassie James Holdsworth, received a great honor in Harrisburg this week. In recognition of her over 30 years of advocacy and activism on behalf of the disabled community, a resolution presented by PA Representative Bebette Josephs passed 196 – 0.

A short description:

A Resolution honoring Cassie James Holdsworth, the Director of National Advocacy and Policy for Liberty Resources, Inc., for her service to the disabled community, for her tireless advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities and for her strength in overcoming the obstacles and challenges of her disabilities while fulfilling her duties as an American citizen by exercising her First Amendment rights.

Full text of the resolution after the jump.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION

No. 513 Session of 2011

INTRODUCED BY JOSEPHS, BROWNLEE, CALTAGIRONE, DAVIS, DiGIROLAMO, FABRIZIO, HARHART, HENNESSEY, KILLION, KIRKLAND, KORTZ, MIRABITO, MOUL, O’NEILL, READSHAW, SANTONI, STABACK, THOMAS AND YOUNGBLOOD, DECEMBER 5, 2011

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, DECEMBER 5, 2011

A RESOLUTION

Honoring Cassie James Holdsworth, the Director of National Advocacy and Policy for Liberty Resources, Inc., for her service to the disabled community, for her tireless advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities and for her strength in overcoming the obstacles and challenges of her disabilities while fulfilling her duties as an American citizen by exercising her First Amendment rights.

WHEREAS, Cassie James Holdsworth has overcome disabilities and challenges to serve the disabled community and fulfill her duties as an American citizen by exercising her First Amendment right to peacefully demonstrate and speak out on behalf of the estimated 1.7 million Pennsylvanians living with a disability; and

WHEREAS, Cassie James Holdsworth devotes countless hours to ensuring the rights of the disabled and their equal access to all aspects of life in our community through her service as Director of National Advocacy and Policy for Liberty Resources, Inc., the Philadelphia Center for Independent Living; and

WHEREAS, Cassie James Holdsworth provides fearless leadership to carrying out the mission of Liberty Resources, Inc., which advocates and promotes independent living for persons with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Cassie James Holdsworth tirelessly serves as spokeswoman for ADAPT, and recently traveled to Washington, DC, to discuss Medicaid reform with the United States Senate, and advocate for important public funding for state programs that pay for community-based support, without which the ability of persons with disabilities to live independently would be impeded; and

WHEREAS, Cassie James Holdsworth dedicates her time to serving the Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, Inc., whose mission states:

“We have a Dream that one day we will not be locked up in institutions and we will have a real choice to live in our own homes versus institutions. We want to be seen as human beings with equal voice, not as objects of pity or disgust or as inspirational. We want full accessibility to society; to live in the community, ride transportation, live in integrated housing, employment, integrated education and family life.”

; and

WHEREAS, Cassie James Holdsworth consults with all levels of government and industry to guarantee that people with disabilities are treated fairly and have every opportunity to achieve productive lives; and

WHEREAS, Cassie James Holdsworth works as a promoter for all people living with disabilities and is particularly involved in encouraging advocates who themselves have a variety of disabilities; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives honor Cassie James Holdsworth in recognition of her activities to increase awareness of people with disabilities and the rights and needs of Pennsylvanians who have disabilities; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Cassie James Holdsworth, 714 Market Street, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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