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    Kicked out of Kerry Rally

    I work across the street from the University of Pennsylvania where John Kerry spoke today. I was given a VIP ticket to the event and I decided that I would go during my lunch. The crowd was mobbed and when I arrived a staff member escorted me to the wheelchair and press entrance. Once at the wheelchair entrance I was told that I would not be allowed to enter because there were not enough secret service agents to check me. The staff was allowing a multitude of press and catering..etc. staff through. I said that I had a ticket and that I would be most willing to submit to a hand search. The young staff member then began YELLING at me in front of people that the gates openend at 10:30 and that I should have shown up then if I wanted to attend. I showed him the ticket and mentioned that nowhere on the ticket did it mention that individuals using wheelchairs needed to arrive early. The man then told me that I could use the "regular" entrance if I wanted to get in. I then tried to explain to him that there was a curb that I could not get over to get into the venue, he then told me, "well, then you can't come in."

    I was totally humiliated by a Kerry campaign staff member today in front of a crowd of Able Bodied people. I felt horrible. I am a young professional disabled woman who was trying to be an active participant in the political process and I was turned away...it was horrible.

    Sigh...The political wheel moves on again leaving me behind.
    I e-mailed and called the Kerry Campaign and I have not heard back from them. I strongly encourage all to e-mail the campaign in protest...this is unexcuseable!

    jennifer

    "If I didn't think the convent would burst into flame upon your arrival I would shout "Get thee to a nunnery!" -NoDecafPlz
    "Be ashamed to die until you have done something small for humanity." Horace Mann

    #2
    That is an outrage!! Let me know where to write and I will. Drop me a line about who and where to write. I'm in a pissy mood its a good place to dump some negative energy in your behalf. Regardless of what anyone believes politically, this is an example of the system failing miserably in the face of a person with a disablility. It makes the Kerry Campaign look bad.

    Mary
    1FineSpineRN

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      #3
      Here is a link to the contact us section of the John Kerry website. Thanks for your support!

      jennifer

      "If I didn't think the convent would burst into flame upon your arrival I would shout "Get thee to a nunnery!" -NoDecafPlz
      "Be ashamed to die until you have done something small for humanity." Horace Mann

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        #4
        sorry, here it is...

        http://www.johnkerry.com/contact/contact.php

        "If I didn't think the convent would burst into flame upon your arrival I would shout "Get thee to a nunnery!" -NoDecafPlz
        "Be ashamed to die until you have done something small for humanity." Horace Mann

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          #5
          Jennifer, I'm so sorry this happened to you! How awful! You had every right to attend, and he had no right to speak to you that way.

          I don't think this makes the Kerry Campaign look bad; I think it makes our society look bad. This could easily have happened at a Bush rally, and probably has. It happens far too often, in far too many public places, to far too many wheelchair users. The insensitivity isn't always so blatant...but it's there.
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          ~Philo of Alexandria

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            #6
            Jennifer-
            God, this SUCKS. I have written to the Kerry campaign. No Way this should have happened!
            SoulMate

            We are all faced with a series of great opportunities... Brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
            Arlington Cemetery is full of soldiers—the presidents buried there are few and far between. -Rusty VanReeves

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              #7
              Just sent an email. They should fire this person post haste! I am a Kerry supporter .. this is unacceptable .. so sorry you had to go through it.

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                #8
                That's just wrong!! [img]/forum/images/smilies/mad.gif[/img]

                I guess I've been lucky to not encounter such excruciating behavior in my 8 years of using a chair.

                I would like to say a little something about the Kerry campaign, but I'll save it for the political forum.

                "The proper response to difficulty is not to retreat, it is to prevail." -- George Bush



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                • #9
                  Jennifer I have sent an email. I am very sorry this happened to you. It would be great if every member would send an email. That would send a very strong message. Take care.

                  Carol

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                    #10
                    Well, there was the problem, you were missing your entourage of the minicam operator and a sound guy. You really think that any of these politicians and their organizations give a rip about the average citizen? They are only in it for the press exposure. Lets all rally around Kerry, he is so much better than Bush! [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

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                      #11
                      I sent an e-mail as well~~little by little things will change. My husband has been in a chair for 33 years and over the years we have seen a lot change. Just not as fast as we would like :&gt[img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

                      "We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us."~~Sartre
                      "We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us."~~Sartre

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                        #12
                        Indeed that does suck. That guy definantly seems like he would fit in the asshole category.

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                          #13
                          Thanks for your support! I was so bummed when this happenend because I am a huge Kerry supporter and I still advocate for his election; however, I hope that his staff receive a little PR training for future events.

                          Peace.
                          Jennifer

                          "If I didn't think the convent would burst into flame upon your arrival I would shout "Get thee to a nunnery!" -NoDecafPlz
                          "Be ashamed to die until you have done something small for humanity." Horace Mann

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                            #14
                            but your still gonna vote for him right?

                            "Those who would trade liberty for safety deserve neither." - Ben Franklin

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                              #15
                              Of course I'm going to vote for Kerry! There is no other viable option. I do not take the actions of one young inexperienced staff member as a personal slap across the face from Kerry, but I do believe that this was an example of bias against those that use wheelchairs. I will voice my upset at this discrimination, but I will also still vote for Kerry.

                              jennifer

                              "If I didn't think the convent would burst into flame upon your arrival I would shout "Get thee to a nunnery!" -NoDecafPlz
                              "Be ashamed to die until you have done something small for humanity." Horace Mann

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