Saturday, January 10, 2009

Petition: Announcement

from a comment left by Andrea over at We Can Do



Jerry Lewis, the man who runs the annual Telethon to raise money for people with muscular dystrophy in the US is about to receive a humanitarian award. Many people in the disability community is protesting this award because they feel that Jerry perpetuates and entrenches negative, harmful stereotypes toward people with disabilities. More about the petition campaign at: http://www.petitiononline.com/jlno2009/petition.html

There is also a Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=40538392681

2 comments:

Meredith Gould said...

Just signed this petition and remembering how my mother was always disgusted with Jerry Lewis' portrayal of PWDs. A woman ahead of her time.

Wheelie Catholic said...

Yes, she was. And his remarks about pwd over the years have really led to a movement that started with a few brave people who spoke up.