June 5, 2020
The Pennsylvania Council of the Blind (PCB) promotes independence and opportunities for all with vision loss, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender status, age, or disability. As a network of peers who are impacted by vision loss, we celebrate diversity as an essential principle of our network. Key to our organizational mission and our individual pursuits is the protection of everyone’s civil rights.
“Where there is discrimination, there is no path to independence and opportunity,” states Christine Hunsinger, PCB President.
As an organization focused on overcoming disability discrimination for over 80 years, the PCB peer network stands in solidarity with all persons of color to demand reform in our communities, institutions, and government. Every life matters. Every right is guaranteed for every American.
“Racism needs to end,” asserts Hunsinger. “PCB stands ready to insure independence and opportunity for every person with vision loss, regardless of skin color.”
PCB calls on each of its volunteers and advocates to assist in the quest for racial equality in cities and towns across the Commonwealth and around the world. Efforts of support should include, but not be limited to: writing letters to elected officials at every level of government, providing financial contributions to reform causes, sharing stories from our peers of color in our predominantly white neighborhoods and organizations, and self-examination of our personal and organizational attitudes, behaviors, and policies to root out racism.
PCB leadership recognizes that change begins from within. On Monday, June 29, 2020 PCB will hold an organizational town hall meeting to hear from our peers of color about their personal experiences with racial inequality in PCB specifically, and the blindness community generally. This vitally important conversation will begin at 7:30 PM Eastern. Please join by dialing 605-475-4715 or toll-free 844-844-0414. Use passcode 815419# to access the virtual meeting room.
Christine Hunsinger, President
(412) 881-9328 or firstname.lastname@example.org