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

 

 


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

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Linked In

 

 


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

 

 


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

 

 


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

 

 


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

 

 


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

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