Thomas Cagle (nh-adapt@juno.com)
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 07:23:09 -0400


People with disabilities took a BIG STEP toward winning the equal
protection of the law when Jack Kevorkian was convicted of 2nd degree
murder and unlawful use of a controlled substance on March 26th, but
it's not over yet.  There is no mandatory minimum sentence.  But we all
know that he must be in prison if the lives of our oppressed brothers
and sisters are to be safe from his "crusade" to kill what he calls
"mortally diseased or crippled lives . . . [which] can only enhance the
preservation of public health and welfare."  (Court testimony, 1991.)

April 13 is Kevorkian's sentencing day.  It is also Holocaust
Remembrance Day.  In most Holocaust ceremonies, the over 200,000
disabled people who were the Holocaust's first victims will get little or
no mention.  Now is the time for all of us to remember our dead--those
killed in Hadamar, in the Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, in
Willowbrook, in orphanages in the People's Republic of China -
and at the hands of Jack Kevorkian, the man who told the jury he
found a "FINAL SOLUTION" for Thomas Youk.

Not Dead Yet has made a laminated poster-quilt of Kevorkian's victims
and will be conducting memorial services and an all-night vigil for
Kevorkian's victims before his sentencing proceeding in Pontiac, MI.
The schedule is:

Monday, April 12, 5:00 pm:      Memorial Service at Courthouse,
                                      1200 N. Telegraph
Monday night:                  All night vigil at Courthouse
Tuesday, April 13, 10:00 am:    Memorial Service (repeat)
Tuesday, April 13, 1:30 pm:     Sentencing hearing

There will be a lift-equipped van shuttle and shared hotel rooms for
"respite" from the vigil when needed.  If you wish to attend all or part
of these events, please contact one of us:
Diane Coleman (708)209-1500 ext. 11, email ndycoleman@aol.com
Carol Cleigh (847)869-8185, email cleigh@megsinet.net

You know that pro-Kevorkian zealots, wannabes and groupies will be
writing to Judge Cooper, and so must we.  Talk about his other victims,
talk about what it would have meant to you and/or your disabled friends
if Kevorkian had been there when you were first injured, or in the midst
of disability oppression "burn-out."

Write:  Judge Jessica Cooper, Oakland County Court, 1200 N. Telegraph,
                                             Pontiac, MI  48341,
                                             FAX (248) 858-1516.

MiCASSA personal assistance, coming to a legislature near you!
Tom Cagle           
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