FW: [Leadership] ACB 2022 Resolutions with any ammendment changes to the resolutions


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Fellow Lions:

 

I have been asked by Marsha Farrow and Ray Campbell to assume responsibility for casting ACB Lions’ four votes at tomorrow evening’s affiliate rollcall. What I will do over the next day-plus is similar to what was done for the one contested ACB election except that I will be casting our votes directly. Please e-mail or call me with your votes on Resolutions 05, 15, and 16; and amendments 01, 02, 03, and 04. The first three amendments are to the ACB Constitution and require a 2/3 vote to pass while 04 amends a Bylaw which only requires a simple majority. Hence, when you call or e-mail I will need seven votes. Please make sure that you specify which resolution and amendment each vote is for.

 

I will take calls today until 8:00 PM (PDT) at (626) 844-4388. If I don’t answer please leave a message as I have a telephone meeting and will be away for a couple of hours later this afternoon. My e-mail is mitch.pomerantz@.... Please keep in mind that I will be joining the delegates’ “green room” at 5:00 PM (PDT) tomorrow so will not take votes after that time.

 

Below are the three resolutions for which a “record vote” has been called. I have yet to receive the proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws and will send those if/when I receive them. Thanks.

 

 

Lion Mitch Pomerantz

 

From: Leadership@... <Leadership@...> On Behalf Of Malaina VanderWal
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2022 1:42 PM
To: Leadership@...
Subject: [Leadership] ACB 2022 Resolutions with any ammendment changes to the resolutions

 

Good afternoon, all,

 

Here are the resolutions which will be voted on Wednesday with any changes made.

Please feel free to share.

Sincerely,

Malaina VanderWal, Assistant Secretary

Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

ACB 2022 Resolutions

 

**** Resolution 2022-05

Capitalization of Braille when referring to the code Submitted by: ACB Students

 

Whereas, the invention of the Braille code has brought truly functional literacy to people who are blind; and

 

Whereas, since its invention, the Braille code has facilitated access to education, employment, information, and entertainment for millions of people who are blind; and

 

Whereas, Braille was devised by Louis Braille who was himself blind; and

 

Whereas, Louis Braille is an example to us all of what can be achieved when we as people who are blind solve our own problems; and

 

Whereas, the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) issued a statement over a decade ago recommending that when referring to the code, the word Braille should not be capitalized; and

 

Whereas, many other significant inventions named after the inventor continue to be capitalized including the Morse Code, the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales, and even the Nemeth Braille Code; and

 

Whereas, capitalizing Braille when referring to the code is an appropriate way to show our appreciation and respect for Louis Braille's priceless contribution to people who are blind throughout the world; Now, therefore, be it Resolved, By The American Council of the Blind in convention assembled this — day of July 2022, at The CHI Health Center Omaha, in Omaha NE, that The American Council of the Blind, immediately begin Capitalizing Braille when referring to the code in all internal and external communications; and

 

Be it further resolved that the American Council of the Blind calls upon the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) to conduct an independent, fair, and transparent survey of end users of Braille on the capitalizing of Braille.


 

 

**** Resolution 2022-15

Amazon Disability Customer Support Line

Submitted by: Margie Donovan and the California Council of the Blind

 

Whereas, millions of shoppers, including those who are blind or have low vision, purchase products online from Amazon; and

 

Whereas, much to Amazon's credit, they have established a Disability Customer Support Line (888)-283-1678), for people with disabilities to get assistance with, among other things, browsing their products lines and obtaining detailed visual product descriptions; and

 

Whereas, many Amazon Disability Customer Support Line representatives do not provide adequate products descriptions, resulting in unwanted items being purchased and the inconvenience of making returns;

now, therefore, be it Resolved, By The American Council of the Blind in convention assembled this — day of July 2022, at The CHI Health Center Omaha, in Omaha NE, that this organization commence a dialogue with Amazon to determine the best solutions to ensure that Amazon's Disability Customer Support Line staff will provide accurate product descriptions for people who are blind or have low vision.

 

**** Resolution 2022-16

Sustaining the Benefits of Successful Accessibility Litigation submitted by: Steven Mendelsohn

 

Whereas, ACB, its affiliates and its members have achieved many advocacy successes through accessibility litigation and structured negotiations; and

 

Whereas, the majority of these successes have been achieved by settlement agreements between the parties which avoid the costliness, and delay of trials and appeals; and

 

Whereas, such settlements are entered into for fixed periods of time, frequently 3 years; and

 

Whereas, once the settlement agreement expires, no legally enforceable mechanism exists for remedying subsequent conduct that would have violated the settlement agreement;

NOW THEREFORE, Be It Resolved By The American Council of the Blind in convention assembled this — day of July 2022, at The CHI Health Center Omaha, in Omaha NE, that this organization seek systemic change in order to achieve more permanent settlement in disability rights cases; and

 

Be it further resolved that as a first step toward this goal, ACB, through its advocacy steering committee, seek to collaborate with other entities dedicated to civil rights to identify, evaluate, and implement legal strategies and other means and mechanisms for promoting long-term, positive structural change through civil rights settlements and consent decrees.