March 15, 2001

RE: ADVOCACY PACKET for the April 17th Leave Out for Equal Justice

To All Participants, Co-Sponsors, and Allies:

Thank you for your interest in the April 17th nationwide Leave Out for Equal Justice, sponsored by the National Disabled Students Union (NDSU). With a little over 4 weeks until the protest, preparations are currently in full swing to ensure a coordinated, organized, and successful action that will deliver a powerful message to the Supreme Court of the United States that any elevation of “states’ rights” over civil rights in this country will not be tolerated.


Phase 1 of the protest preparations involves the widespread dissemination of the documents in the enclosed Advocacy Packet. This Advocacy Packet includes:


1.   A targeted flyer announcing the April 17th Leave Out specifically geared to your particular constituency.

There are four targeted flyers available: 1) for students, 2) for parents of youth with disabilities, 3) for the disability community in general, and 4) for our natural allies. If you would like any of these flyers (in addition to the one you received in this packet), please feel free to ask and we will be more than happy to send them out right away.

2.   A sheet with ideas for leave-out organizers

3.   A sheet describing the meaning of the NDSU symbol – THE BRAID

4.   A description of NDSU and our formal Mission Statement

5.   A copy of the invitation to join the NDSU listserv


In approximately a week and a half, we will distribute a Media Packet that will include step-by-step strategies for working with the media, sample materials

you can modify as appropriate for your local media outlets, and other related

materials. This packet will also include a national petition, as well as a model state petition, for distribution in your particular state.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sarah Triano at 773-463-4776 (V or Relay) or at


In Solidarity,

Members of the NDSU Leadership Team


Co-Sponsors for this Event Include:


Access Living of Chicago, IL

ADA Watch

ADAPT LA (ADAPT of So. California)

ADAPT Montana

Alliance for Disability and Students of the University of Montana (ADSUM)

American Association of People with Disabilities

American Psychological Association Graduate Students (APAGS)

Chapman University Organization for

Chicago ADAPT

Citizens for Legitimate Government

Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in IL

Disability Advocacy & Awareness

Disability Advocates of Minorities Organization

Disabled Students Union at the University of California, Berkeley (DSU)

Disabled Students Union at the University of Illinois at Chicago (DSU)

IMPACT, Inc. of Alton, IL

Justice for All

Kids as Self-Advocates

Lake County Center for Independent Living

MCS: Health and Environment

Monroe County Women's Disability Network

National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems

National Council on Independent Living

National Strike One

Not Dead Yet

On A Roll Radio

PACER Center

PhD Program in Disability Studies at UIC

Progress Center for Independent Living of Forest Park, IL

Suburban Access Squad

The Associated Blind, Inc.

The Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco

UIC Circle Greens

UIC College Democrats

UIC Department of Disability and Human Development