|Group shot after Opening Session on May 16|
I'll let it go. At the Plenary Session that morning, he was a speaker. Maybe his mind was on his speech. The morning was Welcoming Sessions and Plenary Session. The afternoon was another plenary session, a break out group, and an informal meeting of disability groups and advocates.
It's interesting to travel half way around the world and hear things that mimic issues in the United States. In the morning session, a woman spoke the Brazil 2016 Olympics, and the displacement of people to make way from the construction of stadiums. The city now has thousands more homeless people while there are hundreds of thousands of unoccupied housing units. This was like Chicago during the 2016 Bid. Groups opposed to the bid warned of the same displacement issues, and in Chicago there is an issue of unoccupied Chicago Housing Authority Units. In the afternoon, I sat in on part of a session called Cities and Violence, which privatization as a form of violence. A woman from Japan talked about the privatization of the Japanese workforce, how more and more the ranks of full-time employees are giving way to part-time contractual workers. The contractual workers struggle more and more to earn a living because companies are low balling bids in order to land the contracts. Similar to stories I hear in the United States about contractual workers. And in the meeting with the disability community, stories out of Korea and Brazil regarding transportation, health care assistance and design echoed the United States.
|Bus Protest in Seoul, South Korea on April 20|
The working relationship between SADD and the Independent Living Centers in Korea appear to be similar to that between Access Living and ADAPT. ADAPT does more of the civil disobedience, direct action work, while Access Living supports ADAPT's effort and works more through legislative and legal channels.
Tomorrow afternoon I give my presentation on Independent Living in Chicago.