What this may mean for our current day user/survivor advocacy is that we need to learn how to present CRPD in the language and historical context of the user/survivor culture. So far most of the advocacy efforts have started from CRPD and explain what it means for users/survivors. What the Gandhiji tradition tells me is that we need to follow the opposite way: let us go back to the user/survivor culture and link the values discoursed there with the CRPD. Then we can mobilise much more users/survivors than following the "let us translate CRPD to user/survivor language" approach.
Sources for the photos:
- Gandhi: http://www.khaasbaat.com/may2007/images/may07/gandhi.jpg
- King: Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c26559 Date=1964 Author=Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photog
- Ambedkar: http://www.unm.edu/~rhayes/ambedkar.jpeg