CaLL TO ACT -ONLINE CHAT MON/VIGIL WED

Thomas Cagle (nh-adapt@juno.com)
Mon, 6 Dec 1999 08:51:11 -0500


From: JanineBK@aol.com

CAPITAL AREA ADAPT
2500 Q Street, NW #121
Washington, D.C. 20007
202-342-9439

116 D.C. People With Disabilities Dead
A Call To Action
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    Capital Area ADAPT is calling a vigil for Wednesday December 8, 1999
at
4:45 p.m. in front of the Mayor=92s office at One Judiciary Square, 441
4th
Street,NW in D.C. (Judiciary Square Metro station).

    The vigil is to protest the deaths of 116 of our brothers and sisters
with mental retardation who died in contract group homes funded by the
District. Many of these individuals died from criminal neglect.  Abuse
and
neglect were covered up, records destroyed, bodies cremated prior to
autopsy.
 District officials participated in the cover-up.
   
    The deaths came to light Sunday in an expose by Katherine Boo of the
Washington Post.  Ms. Boo will hold an online chat on the issue at 1 PM
Monday, December 6, 1999 at www.washingtonpost.com. Please join the chat.
 
We need to speak on behalf of other disabled people locked away in
institutions.  Persons with mental retardation and other disabilities
need to
be housed in our own homes with support services.  We need MI CASSA
(Medicaid
Community Attendant Services and Support ACT) legislation in the District
similar to S.1935 that was introduced in the U.S. Senate. Also, policy
makers
and the media need to speak and work with leaders in the disability
rights
community when reporting on or deciding issues that affect our lives.
   
    Our people are dying in institutions. We must stop D.C. from using
disabled people as crops to line the pockets of profiteers.
   
    It is time for the Capital Area disability rights community once
again to
lift our voices for those who have died and for those who are hidden away
and
cannot speak!
   
    Please join Justin Dart, Jr. and other disability rights advocates at
the
vigil Wednesday evening. For more information, call Janine Bertram Kemp,
202-342-9439, Robert Coward at 202-397-1668 or Marjorie Rifkin
202-588-9638.

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