NYAPRS Note: We so appreciate the wonderful support New York’s participation in next Monday’s Destination Dignity DC march is getting to help us fund 200 enthusiastic self-advocates and the 4 buses they’ll need to be part of this historic event. Thus far, we’ve received very heartening donations from Rehabilitation Support Services, the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors, the Coalition for Behavioral Health Agencies, the NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the NYS Psychiatric Association, the Mental Health Association of NYS, the Association for Community Living and several individual donors.
We’ll be adding all of your names as sponsors for the march and what it stands for and displaying photos of the event next week. Thanks all!
I know this is totally last minute… since the 2nd Annual Destination Dignity Day march will be held next Monday in Washington DC.
Nonetheless, I wanted to ask if you would be willing to help co-sponsor a bus or help some folks to participate.
The Dignity Day movement is one that is intended to create, over the years, a very broad widespread coalition of recovering folks, their families, religious, disability, civil rights and social justice groups and allies of all kinds to join to promote dignity over defamation and discrimination of our community. We recall the civil rights marches of 1960’s and tipping point events like Selma, Seneca Falls and Stonewall.
This year, NY is sending about 200 marchers from New York City and Long Island via 4 buses that cost about $2,000 each.
I authorized the expense for no good reason other than belief in this cause and out of the terrific experience that a number of us had there last year.
But NYAPRS really can’t afford to pay for 4 buses and 200 advocates to help us take this historic step.
That’s why I am writing at the last minute to ask for your help.
Please take a look at the attached hot-off-the-presses final program…..and our request below.
I’d be very happy to announce your support in any way you’d like. We will likely be sending accounts of how this year’s event went, including our sponsors on the DD website at http://www.destinationdignity.org/dignity-mental-health-coalition-.
Again, very last minute but thanks for considering!
NYAPRS Note: Hundreds of self-advocates are preparing to come to Washington DC on October 10 to participate in our 2nd Annual Destination Dignity March and Rally (see below for more details).
We will join our voices to call for an America in which every person affected by mental health challenges is valued in their communities and supported with the right kind of help when and where they need it. We will call for a national strategy for social justice and dignity to counter the history of discrimination and stigma.
Please support our cause!
Last year, NYAPRS sent 3 busloads of spirited marchers….this year, we aim to send 4 from LI and NYC. But this year we can’t afford to do this on our own. We’ll need your help!
It costs about $40 to send each New Yorker…e.g. $8,000+ for 4 buses.
Please support a recovery champion to attend this historic event by donating at https://rms.nyaprs.org/event/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/contribute/transact&reset=1&id=4
To learn more about these actions, please contact the following board members:
Long Island: Julie Erdman at email@example.com
New York City: Carla Rabinowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!