Acclaimed Documentary Highlights Denver Gang of 19 and Disability Rights

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In partnership with I Am Denver, a project by the city’s Office of Storytelling, Denver Film premiered a virtual screening on July 23 of the Heartland Emmy-nominated film “30 Years Later: How the ADA enabled Denver’s Disability Community to ‘Boldly Go Where Everyone Else Has Gone Before.’”

The documentary tells the story of the Gang of 19 who, in 1978, blocked buses operated by the city’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) on Colfax and Broadway, with a demand to make public transit more accessible. It led to a city-wide implementation of wheelchair accessibility on public buses and sparked a national movement that led to the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

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