Celebrating Success

”WE WON-WE WON-WE WON!” - Organizer Kitty Cone, April 30, 1977

Occupiers and their supporters in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza celebrate the signing of the Section 504 regulations.

San Francisco Examiner Archive, Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Occupiers and their supporters in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza celebrate the signing of the Section 504 regulations.

On April 28, 1977, Joseph Califano, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), signed the Section 504 regulations. Protesters in San Francisco stayed for two more days to clean up and say good-byes. Everyone was energized by this huge accomplishment; there would be no turning back.

Photographs in video courtesy of HolLynn D'Lil

“The struggle has only just begun.”

Occupier Linda Gill

“It was like an awakening.”

Occupier Dennis Billups

“We will assure a future for the millions of people who are not now disabled.”

Ed Roberts, Director, California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in 1977

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