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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
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 email@example.com . And remember to keep up on what groups are doing by reading the blog:
Steve Gold, The Disability Odyssey continues
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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;
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:
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.
"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
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.
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!
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.
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