Hello Joe is going to start updating SEK ADAPT
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Liberating Women with Disabilities
http://www.defendingourfreedom2010.blogspot.com/ Today 300 ADAPT activists called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to liberate women with disabilities from institutions by supporting the Community Choice Act. We covered all the entrances at 1st and Constitution NW in DC where Pelosi was receiving the Alice Paul award at a luncheon. Alice Paul was a first wave feminist leader and the annual award is sponsored by the Sewell Belmont House.
68.4 % of all nursing home residents are women. You can bet they would rather be in their own homes with services and supports. Most are seniors and women with disabilities and definitely not rich. These women are not exactly on Speaker Pelosi’s high priority list.
Sadly these women are also not high on the priority list of most feminists. All the women in ADAPT and many women with disabilities around the country were stoked about today’s action. Most of us are feminists and would love to build links to a women’s movement that, for the most part, ignores us.
What’s the story here? Women with disabilities are among the most excluded and oppressed in the country. One would think the women’s movement would be all over us. Not.
Instead it is often conservatives who attempt to build political alliances with us. The ADA was signed by President Bush 1 and President Bush 2 implemented and funded Money Follows the Person to get people with disabilities out of institutions, receiving services and supports in our own homes. Read more at http://www.defendingourfreedom2010.blogspot.com/
Monday, September 20, 2010
http://www.defendingourfreedom2010.blogspot.com/ Right now 300 plus ADAPTers are blocking streets around the White House. ADAPT was headed to the White House to tell President Obama to live up to his campaign promise to end the institutional bias and support the Community Choice Act. Sadly, the Obama White House is limiting the right to protest. No more than 25 people can protest at the WH without a permit. No other administration has done this.
Right now we need YOU to contact the White House at http://bit.ly/aX7aab! The action is nationwide, help us get the President’s attention. YOU can make it happen!
Why is giving people the right to live in their own homes and communities so difficult? Why will the federal government pay for people to live in a nursing home but not in the community when the aggregate costs are less? Sane policy in this arena is not rocket science.