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Disability Community Marks 40th Anniversary of the Section 504 Sit-In

Thursday, April 06, 2017

April 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1977 504 Sit-In, which was a watershed moment in disability rights history. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act had become law in 1973, offering critical statutory civil rights protections to people with disabilities. But by 1977, the disability community had been waiting years for the implementing regulations necessary to turn those protections into reality. On April 5, 1977, hundreds of people with disabilities and their supporters streamed into the San Francisco Federal Building at 50 United Nations Plaza, determined to occupy the building until the regulations were signed. They finally emerged victorious 26 days later. The 1977 504 Sit-In remains the longest nonviolent occupation of a federal building in U.S. history. Visit the DREDF website for more information on this historic event, including personal reflections from those who were there.

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