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updating ACB Lions lists

Carla Ruschival
 

The American Council of Blind Lions has two email lists. The
acb-lions list is open to anyone who wishes to subscribe, including
members and nonmembers alike. The other list, acbl-board, is a
members-only list.

Please be aware that we are updating the acbl-board list. We are
making sure that both ACBL life members and ACBL one-year members for
2022 are subbed to this list. Addresses on the list for individuals
who have not renewed their membership for this year will be
unsubscribed and moved over to the acb-lions list.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at
502-897-1472 or email me at carla40206@gmail.com and I will try to
assist.

Carla Ruschival, Past President
American Council of Blind Lions


Greater Louisville Auction Tomorrow (Saturday) - Time to Bid and Buy

Carla Ruschival
 

Please distribute widely. A copy of this message is also attached for
your convenience.

It's time for bidding and buying at the Greater Louisville Council of
the Blind springtime auction, happening this Saturday, May 14,
beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (1:00 PM Central, 11:00 AM Pacific).

We have an incredible line-up of fantastic items, just waiting for
your bid. We have a phenomenal baby grand piano music box, yummy food,
jewelry, special products for your guide dog, lots of technology, and
bags and totes that are perfect for the season. Proceeds from this
auction benefit the Greater Louisville Council's weekly Roundabout
program, as well as several other KCB chapters. Participating in this
year's auction are the Guide Dog Users of Kentuckiana, KCB Next
Generation, the Kentucky Council of Citizens with Low Vision, the
South Central Kentucky Council of the Blind, and the Tri-state Library
Users. If an item is designated by its donor to benefit a specific
chapter, half the proceeds from that item go to that chapter, with the
other half going to the Greater Louisville Council.

Anyone can bid, no matter where you live. Just call the KCB Zoom line
from your computer, cell phone or landline phone and listen to the
auction. When an item that interests you comes up for bid, just raise
your hand and get in on the bidding fun. Read to the end of this
message for the Zoom link and dial-in information.

Here's the list of the items that are up for bid; items are shown in
auction order.

1. Juice Onn. Wireless Charging Lamp
Charge your QI-enabled smartphone or other device while reading the
mail, working a crossword, or enjoying your favorite book or craft.
This bright reading light is a 180-degree adjustable desk lamp. Its
5-Watt charging pad keeps your QI-enabled device ready to use when you
need it. Compact and travel friendly.
Donated by Samantha Hubbard for KCCLV

2. Warm Vanilla Sugar Sensation
This 3-piece set from Bath & Body Works is sure to please. Includes a
10 fl. oz. shower gel made with vannilla extract, aloe and Vitamin E;
an 8-oz. tube of ultimate hydration body creme with hyaluroric acid
and shea butter for 24-hour moisture; and an 8-oz. fine fragrance
mist.
Donated by Patti Cox and Samantha Hubbard

3. Pasto Italiano - a Dining Experience
All the fixin's for an Italian feast. 4 jars Ragu spaghetti sauce, an
8-oz. canister of Kraft parmesan cheese, a 16-oz. pkg. Barilla
spaghetti, a 16-oz. pkg. of penne pasta, 2 pkgs. garlic bread (just
heat and eat), and cake for dessert. Just add your own ground beef,
chicken, or even pork for a sensational meal.
Donated by Ristoria Ross-Jackson

4. Star Dance Scentsy Warmer
Create a twinkling 3-dimensional starry night effect that's positively
galactic with this warmer featuring an internal multi-point light
source viewed through holographic film and accented with a rose gold
metallic finish. Just plug this 13-watt warmer into any standard
electrical outlet and add the desired number of Scentsy wax cubes to
the included dish to safely warm wax and fill your space with
fragrance - no flame, smoke or soot. Use cotton balls (not included)
for easy cleanup to switch your fragrance. This auction also includes
2 Scentsy bars, each containing 8 cubes of fragrance. The first bar
is Chase Rainbows Blue. Its blue sweet notes of melon shimmer against
a crisp blue sky while hints of musk add depth and dimension. The
Sunkissed Citrus Scentsy Bar is a lovely blend of oranges, lemons,
limes and grapefruit.
Donated by Debbie Deatherage for KCCLV

5. $50 Starbucks Gift Card
Everyone loves Starbuck's. Treat yourself or some friends to a
well-dserved break, or use as a gift this holiday season.
Donated by Dan and Leslie Spoone (Orlando, FL)

6. echo dot 4th Generation with Clock
Smart speaker with clock and Alexa has a whole new look. Its round
sleek compact design and textured twilight blue finish fits perfectly
into small spaces. Enjoy crisp vocals and balanced bass. Shows time,
alarms and timers on the LED display. Tap the top to snooze the alarm.
Play games; listen to news, radio from around the world, podcasts and
music. Enjoy all the Alexa features you've come to know and love.
Measures 9.94 by 3.94 by 3.94 by 3.5 inches; weighs 12.4 oz.
Donated by Alan Shrebtienko (Sellersburg, IN) for KCCLV

7. ACB Fanny Pack
Made of durable 600-D polyester, this black fanny pack has the ACB
logo on the front and pockets galore. Every nook and cranny offers
some storage potential; can even hold a 20-cell braille notetaker.
Two compartments zip at the top of the bag; one measures 10 by 7 by 3
inches and has no sections. The other is 10 by 7 by .5 in. and has an
organizer on one side with a 4 by 3.5-inch zippered mesh compartment,
a 2- by 4-in. compartment with a velcro flap that will hold up to 6
credit cards or ID's, and a 3.5 by 4-in. slip pocket. Another 10- by
5-in. zippered section is behind the organizer. A hi.en 10- by 7-in.
zip compartment is on the front of the pack, andthe entire front flap
is velcroed shut to hide one final large 6 by 10-inch slip pocket.
Also contains a key ring and a mesh water bottle holder. Strap
adjusts from 35 to 45 in.
Donated by Ristoria Ross-Jackson

8. Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars
Soft and chewy oatmeal scotchies are sweetened with brown sugar,
packed with oats, and loaded with butterscotch chips. With crisp
edges and chewy centers, every bite is buttery delicious and packed
with flavor.
Donated by Patti Cox

9. Caesars Woman Cologne Spray
An elegant 3.3-oz. bottle of Caesars Woman extravagant cologne spray,
a product of Park Place Entertainment, Las Vegas NV. The bottle is
clear with a raised fountain pattern on the lower front. It measures
4 by 2.5 in., not including the spray top.

10. Kumihimo Guide Dog Leash
Handcrafted of nylon paracord in your choice of colors and braid
patterns, this dog leash is 5 feet overall with a snap hook on one
side and a loop handle and O-ring on the other end. Attach one end to
the harness or collar of your guide dog and you have a full length
leash, but snap the hook to the O-ring and you have a 30" leash for
guide work when not using a harness or for use in tight spaces. Color
options are in the hundreds, including some with reflective or
glow-in-the-dark tracers, so there's sure to be the colors to add that
flare of fashion for your next party or night on the town! Braid
pattern options include double spiral, double spiral with vertical
stripes, crisscross, honeycomb, and triangles. Other patterns are
possible depending on your preference! This item includes a
consultation to determine the best color/pattern choice for you and
your dog.
Donated by Jewel Gaspard (Glasgow) for SCKCB

11. Summer Quick Breads
ACB of Minnesota member Patty Slaby loves to bake yummy summer fruit
breads for her friends. The lucky winner of this auction will receive
4 mini-loaves of her bread. Choose all one flavor, or choose
different flavors. You might want perennial favorites like banana or
raisin, or you might prefer her amazing banana pineapple, butter pecan
toffee, pistachio, cherry etc. Keep them all for yourself, or spread
home-baked cheer to your friends.
Donated by Patty Slaby (Arcadia, WI)

12. Winnie the Pooh Bag
This 14 by 14 by 6-in. tote is perfect for anyone who loves Pooh. Dark
blue jean fabric with a dark blue lining. 2 10-in. wraparound slip
pockets are small blue and white stripes. A very tactile Winnie the
Pooh is on the front of the bag; he's smelling a purple flower in one
hand and holding a small bouquet of purple, pink and blue flowers in
the other. 4 roses with sequins and green leaves are near his feet.
Inside the tote's large main compartment is an 8 by 6-in. zip pocket
on one side; a 3.5 by 4.5-in. pocket and a 3.5- by 2-in. pocket are on
the other side.
Donated by Debbie Deatherage

13. Turquoise and Silver Jewelry Collection
These beautiful and versatile turquoise pieces can be worn in so many
different ways for a variety of looks. Choose a pendant (rectangular,
teardrop or round) and add it to either the 24- or 26-in. silver
chain. Or wear the lifesaver-style pendant and earrings for a matched
look. The collection also includes a hair beret featuring two
hourglass-shaped pieces of dark turquoise.
Donated by Terrie Terlau for GDUKI

14. Butter Pecan Fudge
The highest bidder on this item will receive one pound of freshly made
mouth-watering fudge in a reusable container. Some of the ingredients
in this tasty treat include real butter, fresh whipping cream and
butter pecan syrup. You can choose to have pecans added if you like.
Donated by Teresa Escue (Franklin) for SCKCB

15. Baby Grand Piano Music Box
This beautiful My Lifestyle baby grand piano music box and bench is
made of highly-polished black wood. Open the top to the left to reveal
the strings; the keys are tactile. Attach the three legs and the
pedals, place on a table, mantle or desk, and put the bench in place.
Wind the music box to hear "Castle in the Sky." Measures 7.9 by 5.5 by
6.3 inches; piano bench is 2.2 inches high. Weighs 2.09 pounds.
Donated by Carla Ruschival

16. Squeaky Clean Dog Bundle
A great selection of products to please any dog. Includes (1) a
40-count package of Vibrant Life plaque tooth wipes in fresh mint
flavor; cleans teeth, gums, plaque and tartar, and freshens breath.
(2) a 50-count package of TropiClean Oxymed soothing all-purpose wipes
- gentle cleansing, helps relieve itching from allergies, dandruff and
hot spots; wipes are paraben-free, dye-free, residue-free for dogs and
cats; (3) a Duke's All-purpose Pet Cloth - great for after bathing;
absorbs 10 times its weight in liquid; super-absorbent and soft; dries
pets quickly. (4) one 4-ft. and one 30-inch tie-down; (5) a Kong
Wubba squeaky dog toy; (6) a Zoom Groom rubber brush; (7) a grooming
glove; and (8) a Ruffwear treat pouch in navy with black accents.
Donated by Terrie Terlau and Kathy Szinnyey for GDUKI

17. Fresh Fruit Friendship Box
Paul's Fruit Market is famous for their high-quality fruits,
vegetables and prepared meals. They deliuer locally and ship
nationwide year-round. Show your friends what a select group they
really are by sending them this extraordinary single layer selection
of fabulous fresh fruit, Sunkist fruit gems and Bauer's Modjeskas. 12
pieces of fruit.
Donated by Susan Ament (Lexington) for KCCLV

18. Everest Backpack
This stylish backpack is gray, light pink, and mauve with black
bottom, shoulder straps, zipper etc. It's a big 17 in. tall and 11.5
in. wide. It has 2 adjstable shoulder straps, a hard handle at the
top for carrying, and a padded back. There are 4 layers of zippered
pockets in this backpack. The back pocket is full-size. Next comes a
12 by 11-in. compartment. Then there's a 9 by 10-in. organizer
containing 2 slip pockets, one small zippered mesh pocket, 2 pen
holders, and one padded slip pocket with a charging or earbud port.
Finally, there's a hidden zip pocket on the very front of the bag.
Mesh water bottle pockets are on either side of the bag.
Denated by Samantha Hubbard for KCB Next Generation

19. Makala Shark Ukulele
The Makala Series is part of the entry-level line of ukulele by Kala.
Kala ukuleles are the instrument of choice for schools - more people
learn to play on a Kala than any other brand of ukulele. Quality
construction and a fun design make this Makala Shark Soprano Ukulele a
great gift for children and adults. Features a mahogany neck, walnut
fingerboard and shark-shaped bridge, geared tuners and aquila super
nylgut strings from Italy. Kala ukuleles are played by some of the
most renowned players around the world. This right-handed uke is easy
to play, weighs 1.5 pounds and measures 22.44 x 22.83 x 8.66 inches.
It is cream with a dark wood neck and satin finish. The top material
is mahogany, the back is composite, and the strings are nylon.

20. Patti's Cookie-Topped Brownies
There's nothing better than a batch of home-baked brownies to brighten
up your day and make it go just right. Chocolatey perfection with or
without nuts, these brownies are even more decadent because they are
topped with chocolate chip cookie dough before baking.
Donated by Patti Cox

21. Tech Accessory Pack
There are just some techie items that no one can do without. The
winner of this package will receive their choice of a 32GB flash drive
or a 32GB SD card and their choice of a set of Apple or Android cables
in 3-, 6- and 10-ft. lengths. Store it all and much more in this Thule
Sunterra PowerShuttle electronic accessory bag. Dark gray with black
handle, this case has elastic bands to store flash drives, handy
zipper compartments, and even space for an external terrabyte drive.
9in long, 6in high, and 2.7in. deep.
Donated by the Tri-state Library Users

22. Kumihimo Guide Dog Leash
Handcrafted of nylon paracord in your choice of colors and braid
patterns, this dog leash is 5 feet overall with a snap hook on one
side and a loop handle and O-ring on the other end. Attach one end to
the harness or collar of your guide dog and you have a full length
leash, but snap the hook to the O-ring and you have a 30" leash for
guide work when not using a harness or for use in tight spaces. Color
options are in the hundreds, including some with reflective or
glow-in-the-dark tracers, so there's sure to be the colors to add that
flare of fashion for your next party or night on the town! Braid
pattern options include double spiral, double spiral with vertical
stripes, crisscross, honeycomb, and triangles. Other patterns are
possible depending on your preference! This item includes a
consultation to determine the best color/pattern choice for you and
your dog.
Donated by Jewel Gaspard (Glasgow) for SCKCB

23. Crossbody Leather Bag
This leather crossbody bag is perfect for office or casual wear.
Dress it up or dress it down; its light caramel color with matching
lining and silver accents is easy to co-ordinate with your favorite
outfits. Overall measurements are 6 in. wide by 8 in. tall. The main
compartment zips across the top, and there is a 6 by ! in. zip pocket
on the back. The front has a 7 by 6 and a 6 by 6 in. compartment,
along with a 5 by 4 in. pouch that holds 3 credit cards and an ID. The
54-in. strap adjusts for crossbdy or over-the-shoulder wear.
Donated by Terrie Terlau

24. Kentucky Derby Pie®
A Kentucky tradition made from a secret family recipe, Derby Pie
combines rich semi-sweet chocolate with English walnuts for a truly
decadent experience. Delicious when eaten at room temperature;
incredibly heavenly when eaten all warm and gooey and topped with
either whipped cream or ice cream. This 9-inch pie stays fresh for
about 14 days. Ready to warm and serve, or freeze for later use.
Serves 8 to 10.
Donated by Dave and Win Wilde for KCCLV

25. Toshiba 1TB External Hard Drive
This black USB 3.0 Toshiba Canvio Basic 1TB portable external hard
drive lets you take a massive amount of data, documents, music and
much more right along with you wherever you go. Never get caught
without the information you need again.
Donated by Carla Ruschival for TLU

26. Mexican Fiesta
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo any day of the week. This specialty box
contains 2 12-count packages tortillas, 2 cans refried beans, 2 cans
black beans, 2 cans nacho cheese, 1 canister taco seasoning, and
dessert. Just add your own meat and fresh vegetables for a complete
fiesta.
Donated by Bill Wright

27. Hit the Road Guide Dog Bundle
This auction begins with a navy blue Sport Brand water resistant waist
pack. It features a roomy main compartment, one mid-size and one small
front pocket, and one large back pocket, all that zip to keep your
items secure. There's also a Velcro slip pocket on the left side.
Inside the bag you'll find a yellow collapsible food/water bowl, a
pack of pick-up bags with a carabiner, an Outward Hound treat and ball
training bag that's blue with black accents and a belt clip on the
back, a red collar bell, a clicker, a metal-free leash with a
bone-shaped carabiner, a Slurpers multi-purpose 6.5 by 5in leash bag
for degradable bags, toys, treats and more; fits most leashes up to 1
inch wide. There's also a petSlow.com safety LED light that's a
water-resistant dual-bright LED with long battery life; it's shaped
like a dog bone with a clip for the leash. Finally, there's a package
of Blue Buffalo all-natural health bars with extra vitamins and baked
with bacon, egg and cheese; for dogs of all sizes.
Donated by AaeAnn Rausch from Guidelight Dog Products for GDUKI

28. Chewy Nut Cookies
Home-baked by Patti Cox from a vintage 1930's recipe. Rich, chewy
cookies made from scratch with both white and brown sugar and
finely-chopped pecans. A taste sensation that's sure to please.
Donated by Patti Cox

29. Avon Patriotic Purse
Show your patriotic spirit with this roomy red, white and blue bag.
The navy purse has red front and back slip pockets, white wraparound
side slip pockets, and is lined in navy blue fabric. Side pockets are
for flat items such as papers, combs etc.; not for water bottles. The
spacious main compartment zips across the top and contains a zip
pocket on one side and 2 slip pockets on the other. Measures 12 in.
wide by 11 in. tall; 24in handles.

30. Soundcore Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds
Focus On Your Music: Life - P3i noise cancelling earbuds have a hybrid
active noise cancelling feature with two microphones on each side that
reduces external noise up to 90% so you can stay focused on your
music.
AI-Enhanced Clear Calls - Get clear calls anywhere you go with 4
dedicated microphones built into the wireless earbuds and a
noise-isolating AI algorithm that picks up your voice precisely.
Punchy Beats and Customized Sound - Enjoy powerful bass; choose your
preferred EQ settings from 22 different options and customize your
sound profile via the Soundcore app.
Charge Faster, Listen Longer - 9 hours on a single charge or 36 hours
with the compact case. For a quick boost of power when you're on the
move, charge for 10 minutes and listen for 2 hours.
Block Out Distracting Sounds - With hybrid active noise cancelling,
background noise is reduced up to 90% to keep you fully immersed in
your favorite music, games, or podcasts.
Hear the World Around You - Switch on Transparent Mode and talk to
someone next to you with ease without removing your earbuds.
AI-Enhanced Calls - 4 microphones in Life P3i noise cancelling earbuds
enhance voice pickup while a custom algorithm minimizes background
noise. Now you can be heard clearly on the other end!
Quick and Easy Pairing - earbuds are equipped with Bluetooth 5.2
technology so you can enjoy a fast and stable connection to your
devices.
Use One Earbud Only - Whenever you don't want to use both earbuds,
place either one of the buds back in the charging case and continue
listening normally.
Easy Button Controls - earbuds have easy-to-use tactile buttons that
offer great control over your audio.
Earbuds come with a USB-C cable and S/M/L ear tips.
Donated by KCB Next Generation

31. Old-Fashion Fried Apple Pies
These mouth-watering fried apple pies are made with locally grown
dried apples and real butter. This timeless treat has been around
since before your great-granny. Perhaps this is why fried apple pies
are still such a favorite today. My aunt always kept a plate of these
on her table. Of course, we would fight over who was going to get the
last pie. The highest bidder will receive one dozen freshly-made pies
packaged in an airtight container.
Donated by Teresa Escue (Franklin) for SCKCB

32. Light Rose Rosetti Handbag
Like new textured fabric bag is 55% polyethylene and 45% polyester
with vinyl trim. Overall measurements are 9 by 6 by 2.5 in. The main
compartment zips and has another section on one side that zips.
There's a 4 by 4 in. snap pocket on the front right and a 3 by 3 in.
slip pocket with Velcro strap on the front left of the bag. Unzip the
8 by 4.5 in. compartment on the back to find an organizer with 5 slots
that can hold paper money, 4 credit card slots, and a zipper
compartment for change or other items. Carry with the double 16-in.
strap.
Donated by Patti Cox

33. Rose Quartz, Amethyst and Puka Shell Necklace and Earrings
Beautiful jewelry handcrafted by Keri Bishop from Kirkwood, WA. 28-in.
necklace of round quartz and amethyst beads separated by flat puka
shell disks. Includes 2 pairs of wire earrings - one pair with puka
shell and rose quartz, and the other with puka shell, rose quartz and
amethyst.
Donated by Carla Ruschival

34. Echo dot 4th Generation with Alexa
Smart speaker with Alexa has a whole new look. Its round sleek compact
design and textured twilight blue finish fit perfectly into small
spaces. Enjoy crisp vocals and balanced bass. Play games; listen to
news, radio from around the world, podcasts and music. Enjoy all the
Alexa features you've come to know and love. Measures 9.94 by 3.94 by
3.94 by 3.5 inches; weighs 12.4 oz.
Donated by Carla Ruschival

35. Mossy Oak Bed-in-a-Bag
Decorate your bedroom in style with this queen-sized set. Deep red on
one side; blue with white stars on the other. Includes one comforter,
2 pillow shams, flat and fitted shets, and 2 pillowcases.
Donated by Samantha Hubbard

For more information, call us at 502-895-4598 or email us at
kcb@kentucky-acb.org.

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ACB Women Call This Afternoon, Wednesday @ 4 PM Pacific, 7 PM Eastern

Donna Pomerantz
 

Here’s to wishing everyone a fantastic day! We’d love to hear you join us this afternoon for our monthly ACB Women gathering in the Community! Please read below for some of the details and lets have fun as we gather together in a few hours!

 

Making Exercise Fun with Leslie Spoone: 7pm ET, 4pm PT, 1pm HT

Join ACB Women as we move closer to convention with a little more activity, breath, and joy!

Sponsored by ACB Women Committee

Join the call:

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Thank you for your support!

 

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Online Articles for April 2022, plus addition to No Date folder

Betsy Grenevitch
 




-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Online Articles for April 2022, plus addition to No Date folder
Date: Wed, 11 May 2022 10:26:16 -0400
From: Stacie Court <stacie.court@...>
To: Stacie Court <stacie.court@...>


Dear Fellow Lions,

here are the links to the folders with the recordings for the online articles for April 2022:


In addition, we've added a few more articles to the No Date folder:



There are some wonderful articles, and I hope you enjoy them.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please let me know.  If you are in Georgia and will be attending the State Convention this weekend, I will be at a table in the vendor area all day Saturday, letting more people know about this service--please stop by and say hello if time allows.

Wishing you all the very best--

Lion Stacie

Stacie Court
Athens (GA) Lions Club
Lions Reading to Lions
706-424-9516


--
Mrs. Stacie Court
706-424-9516 cell

Don't forget to sing!


Minutes for ACB Lions April Meeting

Betsy Grenevitch
 

The minutes are attached.



--
Betsy Grenevitch 678-862-3876


Reminder -- Come Roar with ACB Lions Tonight!

Ray Campbell
 

Hello Lions:

 

It’s the first Thursday of May, you know what that means?  Yes, it’s time to come roar with ACB Lions tonight at 8:30 Eastern time, 7:30 Central, 5:30 Pacific and 2:30 Hawaiian.  After reading and approval of the minutes and the Treasurer’s report, we’ll discuss a change for Milly’s Place, other convention programming and selection of Delegate and Alternate Delegate to represent ACB Lions at the 2022 ACB Conference and Convention.  Of course, there’ll be time for club sharing.

 

The Zoom information is below, I hope many of you can join us tonight.  Talk then.

 

Come Roar with ACB Lions: 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT, 2:30pm HT

All Lions and those interested in Lionism have an opportunity to learn about what ACB Lions is working on and share what our local clubs are doing.

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Yours in Lionism,

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

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Re: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

Sharon Howerton
 

Debbie, this is likely the wrong place to discuss the religion topic, but I will say briefly that Xavier Society for the Blind publishes religious materials for clergy in braille and audio formats. Clergy, like anyone else, develops vision loss as part of aging so perhaps that is the audience, but I was surprised at how much they have and inclusion in Catholic liturgy may vary by person and facility. I, for example, have been an active participant in my parish for more than 30 years including being a solo cantor for most of the last 20 years and a choir member for many of those years. Yes, I had to braille my own hymn lyrics and our previous director sent me material to emboss, but it was done.

Lion Sharon

 

From: ACB-Lions@... <ACB-Lions@...> On Behalf Of Debby Phillips
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2022 10:50 AM
To: mitch.pomerantz@...
Cc: ACBL-Board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: Re: [ACB-Lions] [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Hi Mitch, although ow have disagreed with the majority of people it seems, about the mask mandate issue, I do agree with you that ACB and other organizations are straying from their basic origins. There are still so many blindness-related issues to deal with. Unfortunately many of them are still the same old "boring" issues we've been dealing with for years and years—lack of accessibility, lack of transportation, children not being taught braille, the lack of people and money for OAndM in many communities, the high unemployment rate among blind people, need for accessible medical equipment as this equipment becomes more prevalent for our sighted counterparts, and there are probably more I  could name. And there are the "silent" ones that most people won't touch at all, issues of churches and their often lack of openness to blind people. Nobody wants to touch this one because A. churches got a free pass from having to follow ADA mandates, and B. Church isn't the "in" thing anymore for many people so therefore, not relevant. While we shout out for inclusion for LGBTQ and others, many blind people don't even get a chance to be in church where they would like to be because of lack of transportation, issues of non-acceptance of guide dogs, having no access to words of songs printed on overhead projections, discrimination for blind people who seek to be priests or pastors, and for Catholics, discrimination toward those who might wish to enter a religious community but who are shut out, not because they lack devotion, desire, and the other characteristics that a religious community might have, but by the basic fact that they are blind. It has been a couple years since I was on any Christian email list specifically but I doubt that things have changed much since I was. And it shouldn't matter to organizations of the blind whether members are Christian or not, if our blind brothers and sisters are being shut out, then this should be a concern for all of us.

Perhaps this was the wrong list for this issue but I've kept silent about this for a long time because I believed, and still believe that there will be many, many people who will ridicule this issue. It's not "cool" it's not a "liberal" issue, and besides it only affects a minority of our members. At any rate, thank you for listening.    Lion Debby Phillips

On Apr 23, 2022 11:07 AM, mitch.pomerantz@... wrote:

Ray:

 

I wholeheartedly agree with your statement and, in fact, would prefer that ACB not sign on as well. At one time, both organizations in the organized blind movement focused exclusively on blindness-specific issues. That has changed and in my view based on 50 years of experience, that change is not for the better. ACB is becoming as politically polarized as the nation as a whole which means that issues directly related to being blind and having low vision do not get the attention they deserve. All I can do is shake my head and be glad that I am no longer in a leadership position in the Council.

 

 

Mitch Pomerantz

 

From: ACBL-Board@... <ACBL-Board@...> On Behalf Of Ray Campbell
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 4:06 PM
To: acbl-board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Re: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

mitch.pomerantz@...
 

Debbie:

 

Regarding the ADA and church facilities, the only areas actually in a church building which get a “free ride” are those places where worship services take place. Church schools, social gathering areas, etc. are subject to the accessibility requirements under the ADA.

 

To your point about blind persons entering a religious calling, I knew at least one totally blind woman who was a nun for over a decade before she decided to leave. I also knew a blind man who did enter the novitiate preparing to become a priest, but left due to a drinking problem. I’m sure it isn’t easy, but my experience is that we sometimes take “no” for an answer far too easily. Prior to both the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA, I fought the City of Los Angeles for over a year because it required a driver license to even take a civil service exam, regardless of whether the position required driving. I fought and won that battle and had an almost 34-year career in municipal government. My alma mater, the University of Southern California’s slogan is: ”Fight On!” To me, that’s far more than a slogan; if you are blind you must “fight on” to be successful.

 

 

Mitch Pomerantz

 

From: Debby Phillips <semisweetdebby@...>
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2022 8:50 AM
To: mitch.pomerantz@...
Cc: ACBL-Board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: Re: [ACB-Lions] [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Hi Mitch, although ow have disagreed with the majority of people it seems, about the mask mandate issue, I do agree with you that ACB and other organizations are straying from their basic origins. There are still so many blindness-related issues to deal with. Unfortunately many of them are still the same old "boring" issues we've been dealing with for years and years—lack of accessibility, lack of transportation, children not being taught braille, the lack of people and money for OAndM in many communities, the high unemployment rate among blind people, need for accessible medical equipment as this equipment becomes more prevalent for our sighted counterparts, and there are probably more I  could name. And there are the "silent" ones that most people won't touch at all, issues of churches and their often lack of openness to blind people. Nobody wants to touch this one because A. churches got a free pass from having to follow ADA mandates, and B. Church isn't the "in" thing anymore for many people so therefore, not relevant. While we shout out for inclusion for LGBTQ and others, many blind people don't even get a chance to be in church where they would like to be because of lack of transportation, issues of non-acceptance of guide dogs, having no access to words of songs printed on overhead projections, discrimination for blind people who seek to be priests or pastors, and for Catholics, discrimination toward those who might wish to enter a religious community but who are shut out, not because they lack devotion, desire, and the other characteristics that a religious community might have, but by the basic fact that they are blind. It has been a couple years since I was on any Christian email list specifically but I doubt that things have changed much since I was. And it shouldn't matter to organizations of the blind whether members are Christian or not, if our blind brothers and sisters are being shut out, then this should be a concern for all of us.

Perhaps this was the wrong list for this issue but I've kept silent about this for a long time because I believed, and still believe that there will be many, many people who will ridicule this issue. It's not "cool" it's not a "liberal" issue, and besides it only affects a minority of our members. At any rate, thank you for listening.    Lion Debby Phillips

On Apr 23, 2022 11:07 AM, mitch.pomerantz@... wrote:

Ray:

 

I wholeheartedly agree with your statement and, in fact, would prefer that ACB not sign on as well. At one time, both organizations in the organized blind movement focused exclusively on blindness-specific issues. That has changed and in my view based on 50 years of experience, that change is not for the better. ACB is becoming as politically polarized as the nation as a whole which means that issues directly related to being blind and having low vision do not get the attention they deserve. All I can do is shake my head and be glad that I am no longer in a leadership position in the Council.

 

 

Mitch Pomerantz

 

From: ACBL-Board@... <ACBL-Board@...> On Behalf Of Ray Campbell
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 4:06 PM
To: acbl-board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Re: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

Debby Phillips
 

Hi Mitch, although ow have disagreed with the majority of people it seems, about the mask mandate issue, I do agree with you that ACB and other organizations are straying from their basic origins. There are still so many blindness-related issues to deal with. Unfortunately many of them are still the same old "boring" issues we've been dealing with for years and years—lack of accessibility, lack of transportation, children not being taught braille, the lack of people and money for OAndM in many communities, the high unemployment rate among blind people, need for accessible medical equipment as this equipment becomes more prevalent for our sighted counterparts, and there are probably more I  could name. And there are the "silent" ones that most people won't touch at all, issues of churches and their often lack of openness to blind people. Nobody wants to touch this one because A. churches got a free pass from having to follow ADA mandates, and B. Church isn't the "in" thing anymore for many people so therefore, not relevant. While we shout out for inclusion for LGBTQ and others, many blind people don't even get a chance to be in church where they would like to be because of lack of transportation, issues of non-acceptance of guide dogs, having no access to words of songs printed on overhead projections, discrimination for blind people who seek to be priests or pastors, and for Catholics, discrimination toward those who might wish to enter a religious community but who are shut out, not because they lack devotion, desire, and the other characteristics that a religious community might have, but by the basic fact that they are blind. It has been a couple years since I was on any Christian email list specifically but I doubt that things have changed much since I was. And it shouldn't matter to organizations of the blind whether members are Christian or not, if our blind brothers and sisters are being shut out, then this should be a concern for all of us.

Perhaps this was the wrong list for this issue but I've kept silent about this for a long time because I believed, and still believe that there will be many, many people who will ridicule this issue. It's not "cool" it's not a "liberal" issue, and besides it only affects a minority of our members. At any rate, thank you for listening.    Lion Debby Phillips

On Apr 23, 2022 11:07 AM, mitch.pomerantz@... wrote:

Ray:

 

I wholeheartedly agree with your statement and, in fact, would prefer that ACB not sign on as well. At one time, both organizations in the organized blind movement focused exclusively on blindness-specific issues. That has changed and in my view based on 50 years of experience, that change is not for the better. ACB is becoming as politically polarized as the nation as a whole which means that issues directly related to being blind and having low vision do not get the attention they deserve. All I can do is shake my head and be glad that I am no longer in a leadership position in the Council.

 

 

Mitch Pomerantz

 

From: ACBL-Board@... <ACBL-Board@...> On Behalf Of Ray Campbell
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 4:06 PM
To: acbl-board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Re: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

Marsha Farrow
 

I agree with Ray and Mitch that we should take our focus back to issues directly impacting people who are blind and severely visually impaired! Seems many other groups have advocates, but not people with vision loss, and specifically in Georgia!

 

Marsha

 

From: ACB-Lions@... <ACB-Lions@...> On Behalf Of mitch.pomerantz@...
Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2022 2:07 PM
To: ACBL-Board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: Re: [ACB-Lions] [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Ray:

 

I wholeheartedly agree with your statement and, in fact, would prefer that ACB not sign on as well. At one time, both organizations in the organized blind movement focused exclusively on blindness-specific issues. That has changed and in my view based on 50 years of experience, that change is not for the better. ACB is becoming as politically polarized as the nation as a whole which means that issues directly related to being blind and having low vision do not get the attention they deserve. All I can do is shake my head and be glad that I am no longer in a leadership position in the Council.

 

 

Mitch Pomerantz

 

From: ACBL-Board@... <ACBL-Board@...> On Behalf Of Ray Campbell
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 4:06 PM
To: acbl-board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Re: FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

coefield@...
 

I agree not to endorse this statement. I believe we need to be free to make our own choices for ourselves.
JC


On Apr 22, 2022, at 10:33 PM, LouAnn Williams <lawilliams@...> wrote:

Hello All,
I am in agreement of not signing on. Personally I have had enough mandates that are not laws. Anyone can still where one if so desired without a mandate.
Lou Ann Williams 

On Apr 22, 2022, at 6:06 PM, Ray Campbell <Ray153056@...> wrote:



Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Re: FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

Donna Pomerantz
 

I am so glad I am not voting to represent a body of members in a group in an elected position  but only for my own personal opinion😊.

 

I vote not to sign on to this letter as a member of ACB Lions.

 

Thank you,

 

Lion President Donna Pomerantz

Pasadena Host Lions Club

 

From: ACB-Lions@... <ACB-Lions@...> On Behalf Of Ray Campbell
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 4:06 PM
To: acbl-board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: [ACB-Lions] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Re: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

mitch.pomerantz@...
 

Ray:

 

I wholeheartedly agree with your statement and, in fact, would prefer that ACB not sign on as well. At one time, both organizations in the organized blind movement focused exclusively on blindness-specific issues. That has changed and in my view based on 50 years of experience, that change is not for the better. ACB is becoming as politically polarized as the nation as a whole which means that issues directly related to being blind and having low vision do not get the attention they deserve. All I can do is shake my head and be glad that I am no longer in a leadership position in the Council.

 

 

Mitch Pomerantz

 

From: ACBL-Board@... <ACBL-Board@...> On Behalf Of Ray Campbell
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 4:06 PM
To: acbl-board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Re: FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

Debby Phillips
 

Hi Ray, I replied to another message, should have read on down my emails, I guess. Anyway, I think we should sign on to this. I don't feel like re-writing my email stating why I feel this way, and it might go to the whole list anyway. I have known too many people lately who have gotten Covid and have died, people who are older and need to have access to public transit.    Lion Debby, North Spokane Shadle Lions

On Apr 22, 2022 4:05 PM, Ray Campbell <Ray153056@...> wrote:

Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Re: FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

Debby Phillips
 

i want to respectfully disagree with you, LouAnne. Yes, I know that wearing masks is not wonderful—I'm tired of wearing them, too. But after reading the ACB letter, I have to agree that the mandate should continue. Several people I know have caught Covid because they were in a car with someone who had it. The person driving the car was asymptomatic, and nobody was wearing masks. I belong to a group who meets weekly. Someone came to the meeting unmasked, (in fact was a van driver). This elderly lady (who had been vaccinated) got Covid. She had other health issues, but the Covid on top of all of those other issues, was the cause of her death. I will be going to her Memorial, and it breaks my heart that this happened. Her life, and the lives of other elderly and disabled people are more important than our opinions about, and discomfort because we have to wear a mask.

Being a non-driver myself and needing to ride paratransit and buses and sometimes fly to places I need or want to go, I think it is very risky to set aside these mask mandates. Last, but not least, the Lions Motto is We Serve. I believe that it is a service to our fellow human beings for people to wear masks in public transportation situations, because we are all enclosed in the same vehicle, bus, train or plane.     Debby Phillips

On Apr 22, 2022 7:33 PM, LouAnn Williams <lawilliams@...> wrote:
Hello All,
I am in agreement of not signing on. Personally I have had enough mandates that are not laws. Anyone can still where one if so desired without a mandate.
Lou Ann Williams 

On Apr 22, 2022, at 6:06 PM, Ray Campbell <Ray153056@...> wrote:



Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Re: FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

LouAnn Williams
 

Hello All,
I am in agreement of not signing on. Personally I have had enough mandates that are not laws. Anyone can still where one if so desired without a mandate.
Lou Ann Williams 

On Apr 22, 2022, at 6:06 PM, Ray Campbell <Ray153056@...> wrote:



Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Re: FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

Barbara Lombardi
 

No will not sign on

 

From: ACB-Lions@... <ACB-Lions@...> On Behalf Of Ray Campbell
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 7:06 PM
To: acbl-board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: [ACB-Lions] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

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Re: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

salbenjamin60@...
 

Hello Lion Ray,

 

I agree not to sign on to this. I think the same thing as you do.

 

Sally Benjamin

FCB Membership Secretary

850-980-0205

Salbenjamin60@...

 

From: ACBL-Board@... <ACBL-Board@...> On Behalf Of Ray Campbell
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 7:06 PM
To: acbl-board@...; ACB-Lions@...
Subject: [ACBL-Board] FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


FW: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

Ray Campbell
 

Hello Lions:

 

Below is a statement that ACB is circulating for organizations who want to do so to sign on too regarding the court ruling which struck down the Federal Mask Mandate.  I’m inclined to not have ACB Lions sign on, but I want to hear your thoughts.

 

My main reason for this recommendation is that while I understand that COVID is still with us, it will be, probably forever.  No one who either wants to wear a mask while traveling on public transit, by air, in a ride share vehicle or other situations is prohibited from doing so.  If someone chooses to wear a mask, that choice needs to be respected.  We don’t need to have the Government continue to mandate masks.  There are COVID vaccines, treatments, and we all should know our individual situation and how to protect ourselves and those around us.

 

Please share your thoughts by midnight on Sunday, central time so that if the majority of those I hear from want ACB Lions to sign on, I can take care of that as sign-ons have to be in by 1 p.m. Eastern time. Monday.

 

Yours in Lionism,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Swatha Nandhakumar
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2022 1:59 PM
To: leadership@...; Presidents@...
Subject: [Presidents] Disability/Aging Advocates Public Transit Mask Mandate Decision Statement Sign-Ons

 

Several disability and aging advocacy organizations have drafted the below statement in response to the recent court ruling ending the mask mandate on public transportation and air travel. They are looking for sign-ons from state and local organizations and individual advocates in addition to national organizations in support of this statement. Sign-ons are due by 5pm EST on Monday, April 25th. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at snandhakumar@....

 

The recent ruling to end mask mandates on public transit has put the lives of disabled and older adults at risk. As the pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to maintain mask mandates and protect public health. While the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice pursue an appeal, disability and aging advocates have prepared a statement for sign ons encouraging transit providers of all types to continue to require masks. The deadline for sign ons is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm ET. The statement is open for sign on by national organizations, state and local organizations, and individual advocates. Please sign on to the statement using this Google Form.  You can find the full statement at this link. It is also copied below. 

 

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent court decision striking down the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s mask mandate for public transportation, disability and aging advocates released the following statement:

 

People with disabilities fought for decades for the right to safe, accessible transit. Those rights and our ability to participate in our communities, connect with our families, get to work, and access healthcare have all been put at risk by this decision. We are relieved that the Biden Administration will seek to appeal the decision 

 

Let us be clear: we are still in a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of people across the United States every day. Although we all wish the pandemic were over, cases are rising yet again, Congressional inaction has left treatments and information about treatments scarce, and the vaccine has yet to be approved for young children. High risk and immunocompromised people are in danger.

 

Eliminating masking requirements on transit increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 faced by those who rely on transit to engage in community life. Disabled people of color are among the most frequent public transit users, and for many use of a personal vehicle is not an option. Until this latest wave has subsided, community transmission rates have dropped, vaccinations are accessible to all ages, and treatments are readily available, we urge all transportation providers including transit agencies, bus companies, airlines, railway systems  and ride-sharing businesses to protect everyone, especially young children, people with disabilities, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults most at risk, by continuing to require masks.

 

 

Swatha Nandhakumar | She/her/hers

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

(T) 202-467-5081 | (F) 703-465-5085

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


Reminder, Come Roar with ACB Lions Is Tonight

Ray Campbell
 

Hello Lions:

Just a reminder that we'll have our monthly ACB Lions Conference call
this evening. The Zoom information is below.

Besides minutes and our Treasurer's report, I'll share some highlights
from the ACB Board meeting held April 1, and Lion Carla will discuss
where we are planning for the ACB Conference and Convention. There'll
be plenty of time for club sharing.

I hope to talk with you all tonight.



Come Roar with ACB Lions: 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT, 2:30pm HT
All Lions and those interested in Lionism have an opportunity to learn
about what ACB Lions is working on and share what our local clubs are
doing.
Sponsored by ACB Lions
Join the call:
Come Roar with ACB
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One tap mobile: +13126266799,,84238250700#,,,,*172616#
Phone: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 842 3825 0700
Passcode: 172616


Lion Ray Campbell, President, American Council of Blind Lions
ray153056@gmail.com

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