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Black History Month Spotlight: Anita Cameron

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Anita Cameron is a queer Black autistic disability rights activist and community organizer. She is multiply disabled and has been fighting for the civil rights of all disabled folks for nearly forty years. In 1986, Anita joined ADAPT, a national, grassroots disability rights organization. ADAPT has led many notable disability rights protests over the years, including the 1990 “Capitol Crawl” and the 2017 “die-in” at Sen. McConnell’s office over repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Anita Cameron has been arrested at least 139 times for nonviolent civil disobedience. Anita is also very passionate about voting rights and the right for disabled people to serve their communities as election judges and other poll workers. In 1992, Anita became the first disabled person to work as an election judge in Denver.

Anita Cameron is also an accomplished writer and blogger. Her words have shaped national policy, including a piece of legislation that is part of the Affordable Care Act. Anita began working as Not Dead Yet’s Director of Minority Outreach in 2017.

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