In regard to NFB Resolution 2019-02: Regarding the Continued Exploitation of Workers with Disabilities under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act
In regard to NFB Resolution 2019-02: Regarding the Continued Exploitation of Workers with Disabilities under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, I wish to approach this in a different way than by using condeming and deploring against all such organizations.
When people are condemed and deplored, they do not want to work to create useful solutions to problems, and the people the NFB aims to serve end up losing the most as a result of defensive additudes on both sides. No act of wrongdoing is solved by more wrongdoing, and even though it is difficult to be firm but kind when people are being harmed, we must stand strong and be the positive change we wish to see, by showing these organizations they are not improving lives, but are actually leaving people without a future. As an organization with a strong motivation to work for more just disability policies, and to improve the lives of the blind of the U.S.A.The NFB can set an example by working with these organizations to turn this (potentially) unjust law into a much better program. I would encourage the NFB to take a multi-pronged approach to this resolution. Firstly, any wrongdoing needs to be pointed out, while ensuring the offending organization does not want to fight. Meaningful policy is achieved when the opposing side wants to create a better solution, and forcing change through shaming often causes quite the oposite to occur. Secondly, the law must be changed. Deploring and shaming is not going to change this law, and forging strong allies may improve our chances of repealing this provision, or replacing it with a law that gives better support to these workers than our current law or a flat out repeal would.