Black #Disability History: Anita Cameron, Social Justice and Social Change Activist

Anita Cameron (1965 – )

In 1986, I joined ADAPT, a national, grassroots, disability rights organization three years after its founding. ADAPT fit me like a glove – we were passionate, fearless and more than willing to walk the walk! ADAPT practices nonviolent civil disobedience after the style of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Mahatma Gandhi; this often leads to arrests. In 27 years of involvement, I have risen to a position of national leadership and have been arrested 118 times! I also helped to write a piece of legislation that is part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and though I have been arrested at the White House several times, I’ve also been invited there on two occasions!. In fact, I have met three sitting U.S. Presidents and two Vice-Presidents.

Image: Anita Cameron. An African American womyn with glasses, a yellow shirt and long dreads.

Image: Anita Cameron. An African American womyn with glasses, a yellow shirt and long dreads.

Anita Cameron describes herself this way: “I’m a disability rights activist, CERT instructor/Program Manager, writer and cat lover who has been fighting the good fight for almost 30 years.”

From LinkedIn: She is a disability rights activist and advocate with an extensive background in community organizing and systems change. Her passion has long been working to ensure that people with disabilities are equal participants in all aspects of society, not only as recipients of services, but as valued members of, and contributors to the well-being of their communities.

Her Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor and Program Manager has allowed her to work working with teams of first responders, planners and governmental agencies to develop and implement emergency management plans, particularly for people with disabilities. Cameron has participated in several CERT exercises, including 2 National Disaster Medical Services (NDMS) exercises serving as a Site Manager at two local Denver hospitals. She also served as a communications operator during the Colorado flood of 2013.

As a writer, her articles have appeared in local media, national disability rights newsletters, The Huffington Post and, “Voices of A People’s History of the United States”, by the late Howard Zinn, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning historian and author.  She is a contributor to The Mobility Resource, and a board member of Not Dead Yet.

You can read more from Anita Cameron on her blog here: http://www.angryblackwomyn.com/

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