Graphic: The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement

Scott Luebking

Audio transcript: On a referendum in Berkeley related to funding for emergency attendant services
Date: July 18, 2001
Interviewer: Mary Lou Breslin

Note: Transcripts have been lightly edited; therefore there may be slight discrepancies with audio clips.

I believe it was passed 9-0, so it was pretty positive. The committee got very active into getting it passed, and raising money, talking to a lot of groups, sometimes two groups a night. The neighborhood associations, the different caucuses—there weren't many people active in the disabled community, it was a small, core group.

Who was the core group?

Michael Pachovas, Mia Rudolpho, her brother, Peter Trier was involved, Phil Chavez, Karen Craig, these were basically the core people. I think Jean Nandi was involved in this.

So what finally happened?

There were a number of stages. One was getting the referendum written, and what was it we wanted and then they gave me an argument for it. We worked a lot with the city manager to get that written, and that was actually what was voted on by the city council. We were concerned about any arguments being presented in the voter's handbook. I believe it was the first initiative ever in the city that didn't have any opposition arguments. There were people that were concerned, but they weren't strong enough that they wanted to be seen as opposing disabled people. What eventually happened, the slogan was "Everyone agrees, vote yes on measure E!" There was very little formal organized opposition.

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