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Disability Pride Parade and Festival Part II
Disability rights activists point out that in this era of budget cuts the safety net for a lot of populations is being demolished. They called for social justice for all and for preservation of the rights guaranteed the disabled with a march and festival in Mountain View, California on Saturday. The event was the third annual such event for the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center.
Check out the performers as they head on stage! In top photo, DJ-D is at left next to three Push Girls who are joined by friends.
Other performers seen here include the Raging Grannies. Taking it to the the streets of downtown Mountain View, hundreds of disabled and non-disabled folks called out for social justice for all and especially for the preservation of the rights guaranteed the disabled on Saturday. "Funding for vulnerable citizens must be saved", was the overriding message of the day.
The parade was planned to coincide with other disability pride events around the country, including one at the site of the original Disability Pride Parade in Chicago. That event started in 2004 and was originally founded in order to combat the shame that many young people with disabilities feel.
The Mountain View parade was followed by a festival teeming with musical acts including reality TV stars "The Push Girls" who performed hip-hop moves in their wheelchairs.