In this oral history interview, activist, and Black Panther Party leader Elaine Brown talks about the Party's support of the 504 Sit-in in San Francisco. She explains how the party became involved in the Disability Rights Movement through their members affected by disabilities, as well as being in solidarity with the disabled community as another minority having their voice and civil rights suppressed. She details how the party organized support efforts around the protest to deliver food.
In this oral history interview, child of deaf adult(s) (CODA) Lynette Taylor discusses her spur of the moment involvement in the Section 504 Occupation as an interpreter for the Deaf Community. Newly arrived to the city, she heard about UN Plaza protests in need of an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and, having been raised by a deaf mother, offered to help. She entered the building and stayed for the duration of the 26 day protests. Like other protesters interviewed from the Deaf Community, she notes a tension in the language barrier between deaf protesters and other organizers. She discusses aspects of daily life during the occupation, including fun, food, and romantic relationships. She also speaks on her experience as one of the interpreters who traveled to Washington D.C. at the end of the protest.
In this oral history interview, Maureen Fitzgerald describes her experience with the 504 protest and the media involvement therein, and her work advocating for more universal use of sign language, navigating the complicated terrain of inclusion.
In this oral history interview, protestor and musician Jeff Moyer discusses his participation in the 504 Sit-in. He recalls bringing a blow horn to the protests to lead chants. As a musician, he reworked classic civil rights protest songs from the 1960s and, after the Sit-in, remained active with political music and was invited to sing at the Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA) induction. Unlike many of the protesters, Moyer was able to leave and return to the building freely, as he was registered on an 'Attendant List' of able-bodied people supporting protesters. He also makes a point to discuss a hierarchy of disabilities, noting that he felt that blind people were given less of a voice.
In this oral history interview, blind protester Karen Rose discusses her spur of the moment participation in the 504 Occupation. She recalls, "I never felt like I had too much of a voice, but I'm also not sure I had that much to say." She decided to join the occupation and enter the building after stopping by to see what the outside demonstrations were on the first day.
In this oral history interview, activist and advocate Ralf Hotchkiss describes the experience of traveling with disabilities, pre- and post-504, and the experiences he had being a part of the movement. Hotchkiss also brings attention to issues still left to be addressed by Section 504, stating that the work is not yet finished.
In this oral history interview, Tom Rickert recounts his experience as a community organizer and participant in the 504 protests. Rickert speaks to the political climate of the Bay Area prior to and during the protests, and the infrastructural implications of disability community organizing.