Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Chicago September 13, 2013: Physicians, Activists, Clients Coming Together To Take Action on Medicaid and Maximus Pvt Contract
FYI and post or tell clients, persons who are disabled, seniors, young people, relatives, friends, physicians, therapists, church members, club members, healthcare advocates
Services by Maximus Have Not Improved Human Services in Illinois
We can't leave behind those who are not green and do not have healthcare, or stop fighting because our next door neighbor and doctors can't or won't IMPRUVE takes pride in marching annually and being supported by our non-disabled peers in our advocacy work on behalf of Persons who are disabled. We take pride in rallying with ACS against the Maximus contract that drains funds from the state budget to pay for services by a private contractor that are not user-friendly by people who are not accessible, and may have cut 42,000 persons from the program who still qualify for services.
Who Do You Stand with Regarding Medicaid Cuts
Monday, July 16, 2012
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Next fundraiser is not until November 2012 to sell Carson's books. Meanwhile, we need your support to continue operating as a mostly self-funded nonprofit. It is your choice to decide the amount unless you plan to join and pay membership dues to our affiliate IMPRUVE. Contact us for dues structure (monthly, quarterly, yearly): $30 per year for discount partial membership. $60 per year for full membership with full voting rights and benefits. Thank you. Donate Today by PayPal or use your credit card if you don't have PayPal. It's easy. Just click on the Donate button.
Youth advocates of BNICEH are always busy on projects:
Ramissa Maat, CAU student, model/actress, BNICEH youth member performs at No Exit Cafe--featured in News Star in Rogers Park for her Spoken Word
Photo shows former vice president and treasurer Alyce Battle who passed into transition December 2010 and worked with youth at BNICEH and rode Illinois paratransit
L to R - Battle, former secretary of BNICEH Devon Tripp (pre-w/c days, former youth leaders Ebony Tripp and Cory Martin (whose mother former secretary/VP of BNICEH Ora Martin Harris passed into transition March 2011)
Andrew Tripp also a paratransit rider assists his mother Devon at Family Defense Center Juneteenth celebration at UIC - June 2010
Tyquan Baxter at at Memorial rally of National Paratransit People's Movement Assembly (NPPMA)
Genevarenee Baxter with walker at Memorial rally of NPPMA
Some of Board of BNICEH/IMPRUVE at Lion King November 2011
Fund Raisers - Summer through Fall 2012
"Fundraiser for IMPRUVE - $5 each----BNICEH, parent of IMPRUVE, is selling Carson's Community Day books-August through November 2012, to continue its advocacy work and prepare for Memorial Rally for paratransit riders trip May 2013. Call 773-416-7366 or 773-544-9488 www.bniceh.blogspot.com"
Worth the price for the $10 discount that Carson's gives (Limit: up to 5 ten dollar discount coupons per purchase) and discount coupons on selected merchandise
Discount coupons good in November 2012 at any Bon Ton's, Carson's. Boston Store, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Younkers, P-A-R-I-S-I-A-N (in Detroit) Dates TBA
Upcoming benefit concert with composer, musician/singer Chuck Idol Sr. (guitarist on right) and the rock band he performs with - TBA
Call 773-416-7366 or 773-338-1090 email: email@example.com
Or firstname.lastname@example.org www.groups.yahoo.com/bnicehvideonews. We are on facebook, too under
- BNICEH Dr. Maat
- National Paratransit Peoples Movement Assembly
- Impruve Paratransit
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Disability, Paratransit and Subject of Abortion, Same Sex Marriage
Senior Harold Bellamy ( a vet near 80) now has electricity, is on a budget plan, is able to keep his housing, still uses the paratransit. What do you think willl happen to him and others who are dependent on paratransit if there is not enough funding for paratransit, wheelchair taxis, senior transit?
Can you accept the consequences or provide the accessible transportation and services for those who are disabled and cannot pay for these services?
Should the government be funding programs that are unnecessary to the well-being of most of Americans r that can be provided adequately by private sources of funding? Your opinion is welcome even if you disagree with mine on the issue of Same Sex Marriage and abortion, but please add your name to the letter supporting designated funding in the Surface Transit Bill now or later when it comes up for renewal again in 27 months.
Note: I am still going to be Maat, IMPRUVE and BNICEH will still do disability advocacy, whether or not my friends who are GLBT get married or not. I am still going to love them just as I still love my relatives and friends who have had abortions, gone to jail, or eat animal flesh.
I am pro-life and vegan, so you won't see me at the circus, zoo, rodeo or aquarium, or with a gun shooting or hunting any man or animal, nor at dog, ostrich or horse races, nor supporting federally funded abortion or birth control pills, and you also will not see me eating the pink slime that is in meat or eating the kidney cells from discarded or aborted fetuses, nor denying a woman's choice that she makes to abort or use birth control pills or have sex out of wedlock or a hysterectomy, nor blocking abortion clinics or interfering with those who staff them .
But I won't promise you that I would not try to talk loved ones out of any of this actvity if so led or I am asked my thought.
As a minister, I have lifetime ordination based on my metaphysical beliefs, but I am retire and I just don't do any type of funerals or marriages anymore anyway.
My ethics and character, and dietary, spiritual, and marital beliefs do not control how the rest of the word acts or feels. They are for me and I share them in openness. I am as always Maat speaking the Truth that I know and leaning as I grow. My duty is to see or envision the best of mankind even if they cannot see their perefection yet or I have to clear the film from my on lens and work on my own salvation.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sign Letter for (Federal) Surface Transit Bill by June 14, 2012
BNICEH is supporing IMPRUVE and NPPMA as we work to get designated funding passed wthin the Congressional Surface Transit Bill due June 30, 212. Senate version S1813 is being considered to be passed or revised. It is now in the Conference Committee.
Call, fax or write (from their websites) your federal representative, senators and members of the Conference Committee immediately. There are 47 members of the Conference Committee for the Surface Transit Bill. There are millions of American citizens who travel or bike the roads as drivers or passengers. Don't be silent.
1. to pass designated funding for paratransit, Medicar, senior transit and wheelchair taxis
2. the fundng is assured for regular public transit, but remind them to include it anyway. It also includes hwy infrastructure
3. to support solar-powered NEV cars and green paratransit that is rider-owned, too.
Remember that we are still privileged to live in America despite the budget cuts, party fights, military buildups, and disagreements.
Please add your name or organizational name to our letter to the President, Congress, and Conference Committee. Thank you. Public Announcement For Immediate Release – May 30, 2012 From: National Paratransit Peoples’ Movement Assembly Contacts: c/o IMPRUVE Dr. Ayo Maat, 6951 N. Sheridan Rd 773-416-7366 Chicago IL 60626-3527 Cecelia Jackson, Secy 773-544-9488 To the President, Conference Committee for the Surface Transit Bill (originally S1813), and Congress: Mr. President and Members of Congress: “
Accessible transportation is a basic right and the disability community is not a one size fits all community. We and our supporters are concerned that Congress may not consider in the Surface Transit Bill, the best interests and needs of the people who are disabled who ride paratransit and are forced by FTA policy to pay as much as twice the fixed route public transit fare despite having the lowest disposable incomes in the nation; and the drivers and providers of paratransit, wheelchair taxis and Medicars whose jobs and ability to provide services at reasonable cost to taxpayers are at stake.
The stalemate between the parties is hurting people who are disabled (PWD’s) worse than ever, plunging us deeper into isolation and rushing us to a lower quality of life that places us at risk for avoidable, though catastrophic illness or premature death as funds for paratransit diminish and we are unable to access appropriate affordable transportation to meet our needs and pocketbooks, and get to regular healthcare, worship service, and the activities that allow us to be on equal footing with our nondisabled peers in terms of employment and quality of life ..." - Ayo Maat, Ph.D., founder, IMPRUVE and NPPMA (National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly)
That is why we as members of the disability community who ride paratransit and have the lowest employment rates and lowest disposable incomes and our supporters request that our voices be heard by Congress, the President, and the public.
We are making the rounds to various Congressmen and Senators to support designated funding from Senate Transit Bill S1813. Without it, paratransit will not be funded. Fortunately, House bill HR 7, which that excluded designated funding, failed. The Conference Committee of both houses has been formed to work on the Surface Transit bill AND GET IT PASSED BY June 30, 2012.
We have a solution to lower costs of paratransit and put some persons who are disabled back to work, but for now, we are focused on getting the Surface Transit Bill passed. We salute those in Congress who are trying to get the bill passed with proper provisions.
We protest national transit policies that amount to Transit Eugenics for persons who are disabled and dependent on accessible transportation. Congress should not neglect us in the equation for surface transit whether considering designated funding for the infrastructure, paratransit, wheelchair taxis, or Medicars.
We sign onto this letter as voters, citizens and residents, disability advocates, businesses or paratransit riders, elected officials, taxi drivers, Medicar drivers, paratransit drivers, or pubic transit advocates. We are happy to add input on a future Congressional Transit Summit (none has been held by FTA since 2004) to ease the burden of improving transit nationally and regionally, even determining how to make surface transit affordable and effective for taxpayers and those who use it or provide the services.
Sincerely, Ayo Maat, Ph.D, president/CEO, IMPRUVE founder- paratransit and disability advocate - IL IMPRUVE (Independent Movement of Paratransit Rider for Unity, Vehicles, Equality - IL (& national) National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly (NPPMA)- IL ( & national) BNICEH (Black Network In Children’s Emotional Health) - IL ( & national)
P.S. I survived death 3 times. I asked for my life that I might be able to do work that I have a talent in doing and that I love: to help others, heal them of frustration from poverty, unemployment, disability, conflict; teach them, encourage them to Stand, work together regardless of religion, race, age, disability; share with them, work with them. That is why I continue to advocate and work on behalf of people even though we are unfunded and even if most of America does not support our efforts, and Congress is generally unaware of our plight. I know I am wondrously blessed and I'm not afraid to tell you. I want all to know how blessed that we can go to Congress with our issues, help each other across the nation and not be in envy or anger. We don't always have to march long distances--most of us can't do long marches, some of us can't even march, leave our homes or jobs, or stand up physically, but we've got a voice to talk, write, and record our thoughts and issues; or help someone else who can't speak record theirs.. We are not against any personality, but for what is right for all concerned. AND WE WILL NOT BE SILENT.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
OCCUPY Rogers Park Holiday Market –What Vendors Will Be Selling from 10am-3 pm at 1230 W. Greenleaf Chicago IL 60626
Our vendors are diverse small businesses, businesses owned by persons who are disabled, Black-owned and woman-owned businesses, and young people who own businesses.
Vendors will be selling handmade jewelry- wire wrap jewelry, one-of-a-kind-jewelry, hand spun knits and yarn, hand spun scarves-- knitted caps and mittens- handmade pillows - poetry - drawings -- masks--dolls--Wellness products such as Nature's Sunshine, herbs, doctor-formulated nutritional supplements, products to protect from EMFs in cell phones, appliances, PCs, laptops --magnetic and copper jewelry--massage and healing services--coffee--tee shirts-candles--vintage clothing, organic snacks, fruit, nuts, gourmet food and drink mixes, etc.
We have a dee jay. The hosts and the dee jay are disabled professionals who are community-focused. It’s a culturally diverse and SAFE family event-- NO ALCOHOL, NO TOBACCO, NO DRUGS, NO GUNS ((~_~))
“Don’t (sic) cost attendees nothing” but TIME, a voice to sing along, and if you have them, the dollars you saved by not shopping Friday. The vendors come here to sell products or provide services. This is not only Black Saturday, but Healthy Saturday—vendors with health products, healthy food or healthy attitudes are pleased to serve…sell…and profit from your support.
Remember to stop by for the FREE raffle, FREE ornament-making and FREE Children’s Caroling Contest. Winners must be present to win. COME SPEND BLACK SATURDAY AT LOYOLA PARK. Hungry for more after you snack with us? Several restaurants are nearby—some deliver, some are within walking distance.
Give thanks for More Health, More Life, More Substance for All to sustain Themselves and Grow Despite Economic Outlooks! Asè (ah-shay)
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Time for new life. BNICEH is searching for youth and adults who want to volunteer and share our mission, values and purpose. Read what we have done on our newsgroup and note the projects that we host or have supported:
Black Mental Health Forum
No Butts No Booze Back to School Fest
IMPRUVE Paratransit Campaign
SmokeOut video production
Family Job Affair
Watoto Speak - Vols I & II
SmokeOut Newsletter (youth production)
WE NEED YOU
Help us plan the 2nd Black Mental Health Forum
Engage youth in anti-violent activities and street truces
Get youth involved in green technology and nanotechnology
Help youth move out of poverty into entrepreneurship