Quote of the moment

"I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue." Martin Buber

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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

From my friends at ADAPT. I wonder if ADAPT would consider becoming an international organization? 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.

For Immediate Release                                               
September 21, 2010   
Contact:  Rahnee Patrick, (312) 320-5111
Contact:  Bruce Darling (585) 370-6690
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

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

How to Spend your Labor Day: The Kids Are All Right

As family and friends prepare for Labor Day take ONLY 30 minutes to view the online video/movie:
The Kids Are All Right instead of turning on to the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

See the trailer here: