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Re: “Gov. Terminator

PART 3 CONTINUED FROM ABOVE: III. DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM: Fighting back and sharing our stories Even though there are different battles in individual states, we are fighting the same fight. To strengthen these efforts across the country, our campaign will collect personal and state stories about the effects of budget cuts and the efforts to fight back against them. ADAPT has created a website www.defendingourfreedom2010.blogspot.com where we can post information and pictures of your advocacy. This will create a public record of the disability community's efforts to stop cuts and hopefully inspire others across the country to speak up and speak out, too. State advocates can also submit individual calls to action so that we can support each other's efforts. ACTION TO TAKE: Send submissions to defendingourfreedom@gmail.com . And remember to keep up on what groups are doing by reading the blog:
www.defendingourfreedom2010.blogspot.com .
Steve Gold, The Disability Odyssey continues

Posted by 344thBrother on 02/10/2010 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Gov. Terminator

CONTINUED FROM POST ABOVE: THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE MUST: 1. Accept, investigate and resolve individual and systemic complaints which document state policies and budget cuts that threaten the freedom of Americans with disabilities;

  1. Develop specific benchmarks/criteria for assessing state compliance, and holding them accountable. with the Olmstead decision, assess the states and publicly release this assessment on an annual basis;
  2. Conduct regular, on-going compliance reviews of states for compliance with the Olmstead decision;
  3. Develop "most integrated setting" criteria for determining when DOJ will step in and affirmatively enforce the Olmstead decision whether or not there has been a complaint filed ;
  4. With CMS, review state submissions for modifying their Medicaid State Plan and HCBS waiver services for the impact that these changes will have on the state's ability to comply with the Olmstead decision so that those changes which limit the freedom of Americans with disabilities are not approved by CMS;
  5. With CMS, modify Section Q of the Minimum Data Set so that people who indicate they want to return to community living are actively assisted to do so;
  6. Publicly report on the progress that has been made so that these results can be discussed in a potential meeting between Georgina Verdugo, the HHS/OCR Director, and ADAPT representatives.
ACTION TO TAKE: ADAPT is urging organizations across the country to sign on in support of these demands. If your organization would like to support this campaign, email DOF.signon@gmail.com II. DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM: Filing complaints to protect our freedom The Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and Department of Justice are charged with protecting the civil rights of Americans with disabilities who want to live in the most integrated setting. Although they are able to affirmatively enforce the law without specific complaints, these agencies typically take action only when complaints are filed. We need to file complaints 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. We must also file complaints that document the state policies and budget cuts that steal the freedom to we are entitled under the Olmstead decision. ACTION TO TAKE: ADAPT has prepared a form you can download and fax to us toll free at 1-888-324-0787. We will forward your complaint to the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, the appropriate HHS/OCR Regional office, and the Department of Justice. If you choose to file your complaint yourself, please notify us at DOF.complaint@gmail.com that you have filed a complaint and, if possible, send ADAPT a copy. CONTINUED IN POST 3....

Posted by 344thBrother on 02/10/2010 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Gov. Terminator

One front on the fight for disability rights that are written into Federal Law but being ignored by the States:
HEY JOURNAL, TAKE NOTE THERE'S A LIFE AND DEATH STORY GOING ON HERE! PLEASE REPORT ON IT! DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM: ADAPT's Call to Action for Home and Community in America. (2/2010) We The People hold our government accountable for enforcing our rights. As the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act draws near, the disability community is not busy celebrating because we are literally in a fight for our lives and our most basic freedoms. Eleven years ago, in the Olmstead decision, the Supreme Court said that Americans with disabilities have the right to live in the most integrated setting. Yet today, states are responding to budget shortfalls by drastically cutting home and community-based services. These draconian cuts are forcing seniors and people with disabilities into nursing facilities and other institutional settings because they don't have the services they need in the community to remain independent. As states cut vital services, the federal government, which is charged with protecting our civil rights and enforcing the law, is simply standing by - silent - while Americans with disabilities have their most basic freedoms taken away by the states. The disability community cannot sit by as our freedom is negotiated away in back room budget deals. We must take action! DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM is a three-prong national campaign initiated by ADAPT 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 for 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; and
  • 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.
I. DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM: Demanding action by the Obama administration The federal government is responsible for enforcing federal law and assuring that states comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act/Olmstead decision. ADAPT is demanding that the federal government affirmatively and aggressively enforce the Olmstead decision. To do this,the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice, must: CONTINUED NEXT POST... X

Posted by 344thBrother on 02/10/2010 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Gov. Terminator

Here's what I find interesting.
"We" "Let" Haiti become one of the worst hell pits in the entire world. MANY OF THEM EAT MUD PIES! THEY PAY 3 CENTS A PIECE FOR THEM! BON APPETITE! Then "We" (Obama) and the UN etc. . tries to enforce WORLDWIDE carbon credit laws that will make it too expensive to afford the MUD PIES. 6 Cents instead of 3. So prior to the quake "We" were going to take away their dinner. Obama, a real man of the people of the world. Did you hear about it? NO. And now "WE" are all shook up over the people dying there. This is a function of all the incredible media attention being paid Haiti in the wake of this horrible quake. And rightly so. BUT THEN: "WE" in the State of California, are allowing our Governor to cut the In Home Supportive Services budget so severely that people (many of whom only need part time help to live a safe, normal, productive and happy life in the community) will be FORCED to either enter a Convalescent "Care" Facility that most of them are terrified of entering.
To make matters much worse, there are only about 22,000 beds available, that are MUCH more expensive, and there are over 1/2 MILLION people utilizing IHSS services RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN DAMN STATE. (I'll get more accurate figures and post them soon) But it's bad.
GOOD, SMART, LOVING PRODUCTIVE, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE RIGHT HERE!!! AND SOON TOO. IN APARTMENT FIRES TRYING TO COOK. IN THE STREETS, RUN OVER TRYING TO GET OUT FOR A LOAF OF BREAD. OF EASILY CONTROLLED INFECTIONS. OF EASILY TREATABLE DIABETIC CONDITIONS. OF BED SORES BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO ASSISTANCE TO BE MOVED AROUND DAILY. ALONE, BECAUSE OUR GREAT MEDIA CHOOSES TO IGNORE THIS SLOW SILENT EARTHQUAKE HAPPENING RIGHT BEFORE OUR DAMN EYES!!! ARNOLD IS SHRUGGING ABOUT IT!!! HE'S BEEN AFTER THEM SINCE HE GOT INTO OFFICE. THEY'VE BEEN NUMBER ONE ON HIS CUTTING AGENDA FROM DAY ONE.
SENATOR ARNISTAD HAS ALREADY COME OUT AND ADMITTED THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE AND BASICALLY SAID "JUST GET USED TO IT"!!! WHERE ARE THE PREACHERS YELLING AND PROSELYTIZING ABOUT THIS? WHERE ARE THE CONCERNED CITIZENS? WHERE ARE THE ADVERTISEMENTS BEGGING FOR MONEY ON EVERY TV CHANNEL? WHERE IS THE RED CROSS? WHERE ARE THE CHURCHES, THE TELEVISED FREE CONCERTS, THE MOVIE STARS?
IT'S CALIFORNIA DAMN IT!!! SO, I GUESS IF THERE'S NO EARTHQUAKE INVOLVED, AND THE MEDIA HASN'T GOT LOTS OF AWFUL PICTURES TO SHOW US 24/7, THE DISABLED PEOPLE OF THIS STATE ARE JUST LIKE THE HAITIANS BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE....
DYING. SILENTLY. IGNORED. OUT OF SIGHT AND MIND.
I GUESS WE CAN PRAY FOR THE BIG ONE SO THAT THE MEDIA CAN GET INVOLVED AND EVERYONE CAN START TEXTING MONEY TO THEM AND THEY CAN AT LEAST HAVE A CHANCE TO SURVIVE.
See the "Governor Terminator" story and thread in this forum for more information. I'll repost this there as well.
WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Peace freedom truth justice Dave Short

Posted by 344thBrother on 02/10/2010 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Bomb Scare in Arcata

I'm of two minds on this. If there was any possibility that a radio/cellphone/wifi etc. . signal could trigger the device, that would make sense and would qualify as a legitimate safety issue. As an ex emergency services person (Fire/Medical/Rescue) I can see this.

If however this was just some cop exercising his authority and the explanation is that photographing the robot is prohibited, that is a abuse of power and the officer who issued that order should be reprimanded and retrained in the law. We don't need any jack-bootery in Arcata.

As for Heidi's action, not being a bomb squad member and uninformed on the safe procedure, turning her camera off was appropriate as a initial safety measure and I applaud her for complying and then following up.

peace d

Posted by 344thBrother on 02/02/2010 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Two Crows Electrocuted

Then there was the bird poop that took down the CERN facility.

Those darn birds! Maybe we need to put up giant windmill farms everywhere to thin them out! peace d

Posted by 344thBrother on 02/02/2010 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Future Green

Instead of these huge corporate projects, how about individual sized wind projects? They're much more earth friendly, there's no problem getting the power to where it's needed and the technology is relatively inexpensive and efficient.
How many millions is this going to cost?
How many individual homes could provide their own power on site?
As for the tidal generators. I'm uninformed, more information would help. peace d

Posted by 344thBrother on 02/02/2010 at 12:57 PM

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