Lillibeth Navarro interviewed by Salvador Delgadillo, October 14, 2014, Los Angeles, California, Oral History #5464, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
This is an oral history of Lillibeth Navarro, co-founder of Communities Actively Living Independent and Free. The purpose of this interview is to gather information regarding her activism within the disabled community. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Project and part of Dr. Natalie Fousekis’ History 493A Oral History. Specifically, this interview discusses Navarro’s early life in the Philippines; acquiring polio as a child, which took away her leg function; her experience being confined to a hospital, missing her family but forming meaningful relationships with other disabled patients; the roles of her parents and grandmother; the influence of the International Focolare Religious Movement and how it changed her life; college years at the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila; working at the Minister of Social Services helping the disabled community; her journey to the United States to study at USC; her several arrests as a result of being an activist; the issue of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS); the evolvement of the ADA Movement [Americans with Disabilities Act]; the differences between disabled men and women; her co-founding of Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, her responsibilities therein; fighting off discouragement in her work; compares her childhood in the Philippines to present day; previous job history; life balance; differences between men and women’s leadership; her definition of feminism; and finally, advice for those wanting to be involved.
Lillibeth Navarro, 2014.
Lillibeth Navarro with interviewer, Salvador Delgadillo, 2014.
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