Piss On Pity: The Story of ADAPT
The story of ADAPT, the radicals of the disability rights movement is going to be told in a new documentary. ADAPT has been well known in the disability rights movement for many years, but finally, their story is being told for “public consumption”. In other words, able-bodied people will be able to see a history of what is often considered to be the “tip of the spear” by most people within the disability rights movement.
ADAPT has never been afraid to push the envelope with either politicians or the police. Members of this organization place great value on the concept of civil disobedience and use it whenever necessary. Over the years, ADAPT has staged many protests in which they never showed any fear of being arrested. In fact, we always welcome the opportunity to confront the system in our quest for justice for our people.
I say “we” because I have been a proud member of this organization is 1992, and have myself been arrested on several occasions.
ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure …
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National ADAPT, Austin, Texas. 12913 likes · 1102 talking about this · 229 were here. DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM to live in our homes, not nursing homes!
64 members of ADAPT were arrested the other day, protesting against the proposed Republican health care bill, which would have harmed many people with disabilities.
ADAPT Protesters Arrested in Capitol Over Republican Health Care Bill
64 members of ADAPT were arrested the other day, protesting against the proposed Republican health care bill, which would have harmed many people with disabilities. It would have done so by cutting Medicaid funding to programs that help people with disabilities live independently in the community. Without these programs, it would be impossible for these people to live independently, thus forcing many people with disabilities into nursing homes. This would not only violate our civil rights as citizens of the United States but would be both morally and ethically wrong.
People with disabilities have the right to live independently within the community, and this proposed Republican health care bill would directly threaten that right. For many people with disabilities, dependent on Medicaid supported services it would mean the end of the independent living movement in the United States. This movement is based upon the rights of people with disabilities to live as others live, within the community at large.
The bill to repeal The Affordable Care Act was also known as the “skinny repeal” health care bill because it only proposed to repeal part of the ACA. Included in this “skinny repeal” more drastic cuts to Medicaid services with people with disabilities depend on for medical care and community based, independent living programs.
Thankfully, as most people know by now, this “skinny repeal” failed to pass in the U.S. Senate, much to the relief of not only people with disabilities but others are dependent on The Affordable Care Act for their basic health care needs. If this Republican sponsored “scary repeal” would have passed, an extra 16 million people would have been without any type of health care coverage. It looks like people with disabilities and others who depend on the ACA are safe, at least for a while.
It looks like the GOP idea of health care “reform”, in other words, repealing The Affordable Care Act, is over for now. However, we must all stay vigilant so the GOP doesn’t try again anytime soon.
LEAD: More than 100 protesters in wheelchairs were arrested today in the Capitol Rotunda after they boisterously demonstrated for swift passage of a civil rights bill for the millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities.
Saturday March 12th marks the 26th anniversary of the largest act of civil disobedience in the Rotunda of the US Capitol. 300 ADAPT activists protested to support the passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Over 100 were arrested
This historic event followed another chapter in disability rights history – The Capitol steps crawl up on March 11th.
Approximately 50 ADAPT activists got out of their wheelchairs and crawled the 82 steps to the Capitol entrance to send the message to Congress – Disability Rights ARE Civil Rights
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Source: DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED
DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED -26 YEARS LATER
I really regret that I was unable to be part of this demonstration by disabled people on the steps of the US Capitol building. I remember seeing this on TV, and I know at the time that I felt very proud to be a disabled person. When I saw this story, over 26 years ago, I remember I swelled with such a feeling of disability pride that I actually started to cry with happiness because I truly felt that I was actually part of a group of Americans that I was extremely proud to be part of. I had finally found a place where I belonged.
These people, my people, had finally had enough of systemic oppression that they were willing to fight for their rights as equal citizens. My people had finally taken a stand in the same true sense that our founding fathers had taken a stand against the British. These disabled people were exercising their First Amendment rights in the most sincere American tradition, protests and civil disobedience. And they were using the finest examples set forth by people like Thoreau, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In my opinion, the disability rights movement in the United States needs to start once again following this fine tradition of protest. The disability rights movement in this country is staggering around lost with no real direction. Too many younger disabled people seem to be more into pandering to the establishment and have lost their sense of disability pride. We really need, as proud disabled people to once again unite, as these disabled people did run the risk of having our movement die on the vine. We, as disabled people need to stop trying to be part of the status quo. After all, the status quo is a broken system that is ruining this entire country.
Statement from ADAPT
“The Department of Labor developed this rule without adequate involvement of the disability community which was concerned that without additional Medicaid funding, attendants would lose income that is vital to their lives and individuals with disabilities would be forced into institutions,” the group said in a statement. “ADAPT stands ready to work with organized labor and worker groups to fight for improvements in attendant wages and benefits in a manner that doesn’t sacrifice the rights and freedom of people with disabilities.” Caregiver Wage, Overtime Protections Struck Down – Disability Scoop.
I have been a member of ADAPT for over 20 years, and I’m very proud of their efforts to keep disabled people where we deserve to be; fully involved in the debate over who our caregivers are. We are an organization who is trying our best to ensure that our old slogan, “nothing about us, without us,” stays in the forefront of the disability rights movement.