National Association of Democratic Disability Caucuses to hold Virtual Forum for DNC Chair Candidates

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UPDATE: The NADDC has arranged for ASL translation for the Forum. Please click here to connect to the live feed for audio and ASL.

The National Association of Democratic Disability Caucuses will hold a Virtual Forum for the DNC Chair candidates on Sunday, February 12th, 2017. The forum will be hosted by the co-authors of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), former Congressman Tony Coelho and former Senator Tom Harkin.

The candidates attending the forum are:

Sally Boynton Brown,  Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party

Raymond Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party

Peter Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana

Keith Ellison, Congressman from Minnesota’s 5th District

Jehmu Greene, political strategist and social justice advocate

Jaime Harrison, Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party

Honorable Tom Perez, former Secretary of Labor and former Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

The Forum will begin at 7 pm (CST) and will run 90 minutes. Catherine Crist, Iowa Democratic Party Disability Caucus Chair and co-founder and Co-Chair of the NADDC, will moderate. The Honorable Messrs. Coelho and Harkin will begin the forum with a discussion of the importance of the involvement of the Disability Community in the Democratic Party. Each candidate will then give an overview of their goals as DNC Chair, followed by a structured Q&A, and ending with closing remarks by each participant.

The Forum will be conducted via conference call, and CART (Computer Aided Real-time Transcription) will also be available. If you would like to attend please register by following this link. Registrations must be received no later than midnight Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. After registering, if you would like access to the CART transcript, contact the NADDC at

“We look forward to your participation in this historic event,” shared Crist, “and know that this is the beginning of a journey to ensure that at all levels of the Democratic Party and our government, from our local school board to the White House, hear us, recognize us, and include us in decision-making which impacts our lives.”

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