ADAPT's Call to Action for Home and Community in America
Common People Holding Our Government Accountable for Enforcing Our Rights
Monday, February 22, 2010
President Obama Tells Denver ADAPT: I Support Olmstead
On Thursday, February 18, President Obama went to Denver to highlight job creation with Colorado's Senator Bennet. Four ADAPTers went to the event after and the indomitable Dawn Russell cornered the President and not only handed him the letter copied below, she made him read it to her and after reading it said he supports enforcing Olmstead. Another victory for ADAPT. The video above shows the President shaking his hands in a crowd and being snagged by Dawn Russell, then having the aforementioned conversation. ***The video is NOT captioned.
Joey, one of Denver ADAPT's new members, took the video and he also caught the attention of the President. Denver ADAPT also gave our letter to Senator Bennet and the Governor so they too could share it with the President and work with ADAPT to End the Institutional Bias. Then when President Obama and his entourage left the Filmore for their next stop members wearing the same level orange ADAPT gear worn inside waived goodbye.
While all of this was happening Denver ADAPT members were at the Capitol working for a late bill to end the automatic raises for nursing homes. There will be lots to blog about!
Free Our People! This report is compiled from writing by Dawn, Dale Reid and Bob Kafka.
The letter that Dawn handed the President reads as follows:
Dear President Obama:
In this “Year of Community Living” and the 20th Anniversary of the ADA we would appreciate you doing the following:
Direct Attorney General Holder and Secretary Sebelius to aggressively enforce the Supreme Court’s 1999 Olmstead Decision at the state level and END THE INSTITUTIONAL BIAS in Medicaid long term care.
Thank you for defending our freedom and enforcing the civil rights that people with disabilities continue to strive for.
Defending Our Freedom is a three-prong national campaign to organize the disability community to:
• Demand that the Obama administration fulfill its duty to aggressively protect the civil rights of disabled Americans and enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act/Olmstead decision;
• File complaints with the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice that document the violation of rights of individuals who have been forced into institutional settings, denied community services, or have had their community services reduced as well as complaints that document the state policies and budget cuts that violate our rights;
• Document the disability community’s efforts to fight back against state cuts so that we can learn from each other’s efforts, rally others to join our fight, and hold public officials accountable when they do not support our freedom.
This site is organized by the national disability rights grassroots community ADAPT. For more information about ADAPT, please visit www.adapt.org. To submit photos (jpegs please!) and stories about your activism, please e-mail ADAPT at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone is welcome to submit material. Please limit your submissions to 250 words or less.