Day on the Hill

May 21, 2019

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The National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM), a division of the National Federation of the Blind, will be holding a Day on the Hill on May 21, 2019. Please make arrangements to join us in Washington, D.C. so we can let our voices be heard and collectively protect the priority.  The Fly In is being held in conjunction with NABM’s 2019 Critical Issues Conference and NABM’s fourth Emerging Leaders Training. 

Randolph-Sheppard faces many legislative challenges and administrative challenges.  Rest area commercialization is not dead.  The governors still want it and we are seeing this Administration do some things that could further weaken our priority at interstate rest areas.  You can bet the Department of Defense and AbilityOne are trying to convince members of Congress to change the law in light of the recent arbitration and court rulings and the Department of Education’s strong stance in support of the priority in all troop-dining contracts.  We face ongoing noncompliance issues with other federal entities and policy changes within the Rehabilitation Services Administration that will negatively impact blind entrepreneurs ability to earn a living. 

We will kick things off again this year with some extensive training on Monday afternoon, May 20th.  John Pare and Gabe Casarez from the National Federation of the Blind’s Baltimore Office will lead the training and it will focus on how to be an effective advocate on The Hill and in your everyday lives.  That training will begin at 3:30 PM and conclude by 6:00. 

To register to attend the Fly-In, go to https://blindmerchants.org/register-today-for-nabms-day-on-the-hill/.  Complete the registration form and submit.  We will make appointments for you with your members of Congress on Tuesday, May 21st.

The host hotel will be the Crystal City Marriot Hotel at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia, 22202.  You can book your room by calling 1-800-228-9290 and asking for the National Association of Blind Merchants rate which is $229.00. We have a block of rooms for the nights of May 19, 20, and 21.  You may choose to participate in the Congressional visits and not attend the larger conference but we encourage you to attend both 

The Randolph-Sheppard Program is under attack.  Help us defend it.  Register now! 

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.