The not so nice things about the big apple

Tuesday, Jene and I attended a seminar at B&H Photo.  Just one of their many events and on the way to the subway we came across a peaceful demonstration at the steps of the main post office.  It was tax day.

Something one without a physical handicap doesn’t think about.  The main post office  wheelchair ramp is not open the full 24 hours that the post office is open for business.-   Who knew?

This is taken from Senator Ton Duane’s website:  Presently the James A. Farley Post Office’s sole ramp-accessible entrance, which is located at the building’s Ninth Avenue annex, has limited weekend hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. When the entrance is closed, disabled customers are forced to forgo service, or, alternatively, rely upon USPS employees to act as couriers — completing transactions for them while they wait outside at the base of the stairs, regardless of weather conditions.”It is outrageous that despite the Americans with Disabilities Act and the fact that the USPS is a government agency, disabled customers are still treated as second class citizens,” said Senator Duane, who, along with Congress Member Jerrold Nadler, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and New York State Assembly Members Richard Gottfried and Micah Kellner, sent a letter to USPS Postmaster General John Potter protesting the policy. “Regardless of whether it fulfills the letter of the ADA,” Duane added, “having to wait on the sidewalk while postal employees execute their transactions inside effectively segregates and demeans customers with disabilities. Anything less than an accessible entrance that is open during all operating hours is unacceptable.”

      

   

 

The police presence seemed to outnumber the protesters as they peacefully demonstrated for their cause.  Police barricades obstructed all but a small width of the stair accessibility and yet the police were telling the wheelchaired people that they can’t block the steps.  WTF!  One young man struggled up the many stairs to deliver his tax return in person.  With each step he had to shimmy his butt up and lift his legs one at a time up the stair, pulling himself by hand up to the next step.  His effort was cheered by the crowd of those unable to follow in his footsteps.  It must have been excuriating but his point was made.  Hopefully change will come from it.  24 hour access to the ramp entrance.  That’s all they are asking for.  Mayor Bloomberg this is a no brainer!

  Ramps are used by parents with children in carriages too.  Our subways aren’t easy for the wheeled population of our fair city.

So another cause that deserves our attention… All it takes is a few minutes to write to your representatives, and let them know that “There, but for the grace of God go I” or them!

Thanks,  I had to get that injustice off my chest.  Speak up for the minority to give them a greater voice!

Mary

 

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