DFL Disability Caucus

George Floyd Memorial
Say Our Names

We are requesting that Attorney General Keith Ellison reopen all police involved murders in Minnesota to bring justice to victims and their families.

George Floyd Memorial
Say Our Names

2021 Police Brutality Statement

We are requesting that Attorney General Keith Ellison reopen all police involved murders in Minnesota to bring justice to victims and their families On Tuesday, May 25th (in Minneapolis): We’re celebrating our Blackness through Black culture, art, history, and more — all while supporting our local businesses with a food truck and vendor station. There will be musical performances, special guests, and most importantly — it’ll be a beautiful day of celebration honoring George Floyd. Here’s the official event page with more details. For more…

We are requesting that Attorney General Keith Ellison reopen all police involved murders in Minnesota to bring justice to victims and their families.

Join the Disability Caucus

We are DFL members of Minnesota’s Disability Communities.

  • We advise and advocate for full inclusion of people with disabilities within every aspect of Minnesota life, including within all aspects of the DFL Party.
  • We include people with disabilities, family and friends, advocates and allies.
  • We include DFL volunteers, staffers, candidates, and elected officials.
  • We share news and information about disability issues and communities.
  • We show up for legislative action in our local units and at the Capitol.
  • We screen and endorse DFL candidates for state-level and national elections.
  • We volunteer with DFL campaigns and issue advocacy.
  • In solidarity with other DFL-DC Community Caucuses and Outreach Organizations, we see and respond to intersectional issues for people with disabilities who also carry BIPOC and/or LGBTQA+ identities.

Membership Info and dues

We meet monthly, usually at 2 PM on the 4th Sunday of the month. All meetings are on Zoom and include CART real-time transcription (live captioning). Meetings are open and everyone is welcome. We invite members to join the Legislative, Accessibility, Outreach, Constitution and Endorsement committees.

Annual dues are $10 [PAY HERE ONLINE] but anyone can ask for a dues waiver by emailing us at contact@dfldisability.org or writing it in the message.

DFL Disability Caucus Legislative Issues

  • Transportation: Metro Mobility, public transit, Uber, Lyft, rural transportation… transportation is a core issue of the disability community and there are many barriers to access and utilization. This is an even greater issue in rural areas where Metro Mobility doesn’t service and there is minimal public transit.   
  • Financial: employment, income restrictions… many people with disabilities are forced to comply with income and asset restrictions to maintain their benefits, supports, and services. This increases and perpetuates poverty. Unemployment and underemployment are major problems. 
  • Support services: personal care assistance (PCA) services, direct care/support, home care… There is a critical shortage of these services and it will continue to become more of a crisis as our aging population explodes. A significant factor is the lack of investment in these services to develop and retain a viable workforce. Workers are not paid a living wage for performing human services, and can’t afford to do the work. They can make more in fast food. 
  • Medicaid: medical, healthcare, waivers… Medicaid is a program that funds healthcare and other disability-related expenses, as well as waivers. More quality information is needed to promote awareness of the importance of a strong Medicaid program. It can pay for needs not covered by standard insurance. Waivers allow for individualized supports across multiple areas of a person’s life besides medical, such as independent living skills and employment development. Medicaid has been vulnerable to cuts and must be protected. 
  • Disability Integration Act: The DIA is a civil rights, bipartisan and bicameral legislation to address the issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are being forced into institutions and losing their basic civil rights. This bill is an effort to end institutional bias and instead provide home and community-based services. There is a multistate effort to get more federal representatives to sign onto this Act. 

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