Disability Rights ACTS: ADAPT and CFDR actions, now

Disability Rights ACTS: ADAPT and CFDR actions, now

This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9001

Center for Disability Rights ACTS: ADAPT to HUD- Accessible, Affordable, Integrated Hosuing Now; etc..
ACTION ALERT: Help ADAPT tell HUD We Need More Accessible, Affordable, Integrated Housing! Take Action!
 
http://capwiz.com/rochestercdr/issues/alert/?alertid=17287501&queueid=[capwiz:queue_id]

ADAPTers in DC need your support.
 
In Washington, DC, ADAPT has taken its "Defending Our Freedom" campaign to the national headquarters of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Despite previous meetings and amiable relations, HUD has failed to make progress in developing policies that would creat more housing that is accessible to people with disabilities, affordable and integrated in the community.  Without this housing, seniors and people with disabilities are forced into nursing homes, sometimes simply because they cannot find housing that meets their needs.
 
Us the attached link to send a message to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  Tell the Secretary that people with disabilities need housing and they need it now!

 

Action Alert – ADAPT is at the White House, demanding Olmstead now
Action Alert: ADAPT to Obama – Implement Olmstead Now! Take Action!
 
Take Action to support ADAPT activists at the White House!

http://capwiz.com/rochestercdr/issues/alert/?alertid=17168501&queueid=[capwiz:queue_id]
 
Over 400 disability rights activists with ADAPT have gathered in protest at the White House, demanding that President Obama and his administration take action to allow seniors and people to live in their own homes and communities, instead of being forced into nursing homes.

When President Obama was running for office, for the disability community, he distinguished himself from Senator McCain by his co-sponsorship and support of the Community Choice Act.  Now, as states are cutting home and community-based services and the situation in the states becomes more dire each day, we need President Obama – more than ever – to lead our country in making the changes that will allow seniors and people with disabilities to live in freedom.

ADAPT demands that Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, and Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy Publicly, and Bruce Reed, Executive Director of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, address the ADAPT members assembled in front of the White House and agree to ADAPT’s demands for Olmstead implementation!  Free Our People!
 

 

ADAPT  Acts: BREAKING NEWS: ADAPT seizes HUD Building DOORS; etc..
BREAKING NEWS: ADAPT seizes HUD Building DOORS
For Immediate Release                                               
September 21, 2010   
Contact:  Rahnee Patrick, (312) 320-5111 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (312) 320-5111      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Contact:  Bruce Darling (585) 370-6690 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (585) 370-6690      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
http://www.adapt.org

Integration, Not Segregation!:
ADAPT Brings REAL Housing Ideas Home to HUD’s Secretary Donovan

Washington, DC—Building on momentum from a nonviolent civil disobedience
action at the Obama White House yesterday, which resulted in the arrest of
16 people, 300 members of ADAPT today have stormed the headquarters of the
U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  ADAPT, a
national disability rights action group, is demanding that HUD and its
Secretary, Shaun Donovan, be held accountable for resolving the dire
housing crisis faced by low income people with disabilities and seniors.

"People have got to understand that for thousands of people with
disabilities and seniors, freedom to live in the community means having
both a place to live and community-based support services. They go hand in
hand," said Cassie James Holdsworth of Philadelphia ADAPT.  "You have the
civil right to be able to live in your own community, and not be stolen
away and shipped off to a nursing home or institution."

ADAPT plans to make several concrete proposals to HUD to improve its
housing. Those proposals include increasing the number of accessible
public housing units; reform of funding streams that would promote
construction of integrated, not segregated, housing; define a "home" as
not more than 4 unrelated people living together; increase public housing
vouchers for people with disabilities who want to leave nursing homes; and
perhaps most creatively, expand the definition of "homelessness" to
include all people with disabilities and seniors with disabilities now in
nursing facilities.

"The forced segregation of people with disabilities and seniors rests
significantly on the failure of the federal government to adopt mechanisms
to increase affordable, accessible, integrated housing," said Bruce
Darling of Rochester ADAPT.  "HUD needs to be accountable for
‘disappearing’ our people and hiding us from the public by continuing its
practice of programs that promote segregation."

For thirty years, ADAPT has been recognized as an international role model
in the struggle for disability rights, having helped to inspire nonviolent
civil disobedience disability struggles as far away as Europe and South
Korea. "Today, we literally have observers around the world watching us
fight for social change," said Rachel Siler of Chicago ADAPT. "Not only
the White House but HUD should be part of that change with us.

To learn more about ADAPT, see www.adapt.org.  To follow ADAPT in real time
during its actions in DC, go to http://twitter.com/NationalADAPT

FOR MORE INFORMATION on ADAPT visit our website at http://www.adapt.org/

 

ADAPT Takes Protest to White House
For Immediate Release
Contact: Rahnee Patrick, (312) 320-5111 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (312) 320-5111      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Contact: Bruce Darling, (585) 370-6690 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (585) 370-6690      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

September 20, 2010

ADAPT TAKES STATE MEDICAID BUDGET CUTS FIGHT TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Washington, DC—300 members of ADAPT, the national disability rights
grassroots organization, are at the White House, demanding that the Obama
administration exercise concrete leadership in his commitment to expand
and support community-based long term care services for people with
disabilities and seniors on Medicaid.  ADAPT is demanding that Valerie
Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, and Melody Barnes, Assistant to
the President for Domestic Policy publicly address the ADAPT members
assembled in front of the White House to answer specific proposals ADAPT
is offering to work with the Administration.

"I want to know that the White House is actively working with consumers of
community-based long term care services to create federal expansion of
consumer controlled and non-medical model long term services and
supports, said Randy Alexander of ADAPT of Tennessee.  States should be
accountable for saving money by directing Medicaid funds towards
cost-saving community supports rather than costly institutionalization.
In this fiscal crisis, that is the right thing to do."

President Obama created the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal
Responsibility and Reform to address our nation’s fiscal challenges. The
Commission is charged with identifying policies to improve the fiscal
situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the
long run.

"It is vital that the Commission evaluate the fiscal unsustainability of
the Medicaid institutional bias by hearing testimony from people with
disabilities who personally use community-based long term care services
and have been victimized by or are at risk of having their community based
service hours cut," said Bruce Darling of Rochester ADAPT.  "ADAPT has
both grassroots and policy experience to offer the Commission to create a
truly sustainable fiscal future for state long term care services."

 

TODAY: ADAPT Stages Disability Rights Funeral March, Washington DC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 19, 2010
* *
*MEDIA/PHOTO ADVISORY*
* *
*ADAPT Stages National Funeral Procession in DC to Mourn Casualties to State
Medicaid Budget Cuts*

Washington, DC:  More than 400 grassroots disability rights activists with
the national group ADAPT will kick off four days of direct action with a
disability rights funeral procession and rally to Freedom Plaza to mourn
cuts to state Medicaid programs that provide home and community based
services to people with disabilities and seniors. Mourners will dress in
black and stage street theater during the march.

Cuts to these Medicaid services are often a matter of life and death for
those relying on them.  At least 25 states have FY 2011 deficits of at
least $1 billion.  During this time of severe budget crises, America needs
to focus on programs that save money, not cost money.  Home and community
based services save money—institutions and nursing homes COST money.

ADAPT’s action is the only national grassroots gathering to date solely
focused on this issue, which affects millions of low income people with
disabilities and seniors.

*WHO:*              400 disability rights advocates with the national group
ADAPT

*WHAT:*            Funeral procession and rally

*WHERE:*          Start: Holiday Inn, 550 C St SW. End: Freedom Plaza,
14th and Pennsylvania NW, Washington DC

*WHEN:* Sunday, September 19, 2010—Funeral procession to begin around 2,
rally at 3:30 pm—press/photographers are welcome to walk with us.

 

ADAPT to Storm Washington, DC
For immediate release

Contact:
Mike Oxford, (785) 224-3865 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (785) 224-3865      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Bruce Darling, (585) 370-6690 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (585) 370-6690      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
http://www.adapt.org

ADAPT Activists to Storm Washington DC;
Vow to Fight State Cuts to Medicaid Home Services

Fighting dangerous state Medicaid budget cuts across the country, the
national grassroots disability rights action group ADAPT is planning
direct actions at several venues in Washington, DC between September 19 to
22 to demand that states save Medicaid-funded home and community based
services. These services support low income people with disabilities and
who are aging to stay in their own homes instead of being forced into
nursing facilities to obtain services. During this critical election
season, ADAPT plans to make it clear that saving Medicaid services is key
to winning the disability vote.

"During this time of fiscal panic, governors are looking for ways to save
dollars," notes Mike Ervin of Chicago ADAPT. "Hundreds of us are coming to
Washington because Congress and the White House need to step up efforts to
protect Medicaid community services in the states. I use home services and
without someone to assist me, I’d be waiting on some nursing home aide to
change me or feed me whenever she was done with the other fifty people
living in the same facility. With home services, I am in charge of my
life."

Current Medicaid law mandates that states use their Medicaid programs to
pay for nursing homes, but the law does not equally mandate that states
pay for the same services in a person’s own home. Today, most states
recognize that providing home and community based services (HCBS) is a
less expensive solution than institutions. However, in these tight fiscal
times, Medicaid dollars funding "optional" services like HCBS are first on
the budget chopping block, while the mandatory institutional budgets are
rarely touched. ADAPT’s current "Defending Our Freedom" campaign is a
direct response to states’ attacks against HCBS, services that allow
people with disabilities to take care of themselves, raise their families
and be part of society.

"Without the home services funded by Medicaid, hundreds, if not thousands,
of people with disabilities in my state would be forced to live in nursing
homes or institutions," said Joe Stramondo of Michigan ADAPT. "Some states
are virtually on the edge of bankruptcy. It makes no sense to spend extra
dollars on institutions when those same dollars could fund more people
with disabilities to live in the communities of our choice."

To learn more about Defending Our Freedom, please visit
http://www.adapt.org/adapt-campaign.php.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on ADAPT visit our website at http://www.adapt.org/

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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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