Please Help ADAPT

This is an e-mail that I received regarding the recent ADAPT Action and some assistance they will need.  I thought it would be good to share will the online community in the hopes that you can help out.  Our own IL Coordinator, Margo Waters, will have to appear in court on the 22nd as well.  This is a blatant intimidation tactic and we will not be take this silently!

Dear Friends of ADAPT and Medicaid:

ADAPT’s work on the “MY MEDICAID MATTERS! Campaign continues.

Now we need the community’s help.

On Monday April 23rd 74 ADAPT activists got arrested in the Cannon Building in

Washington, DC protesting the proposed $800 billion reduction in Medicaid

funded programs.  These draconian cuts in Medicaid were part of the Republican

budget presented by Representative Paul Ryan, Chair of the House Budget

Committee.

In the past, the DC Courts allowed the ADAPT lawyer to represent all the

activists who got arrested and negotiate either a fine and/or community

service.

However in an unprecedented move the DC attorney is now requiring all 74

activists, many who are low income on SSI or SSDI, to return to DC on May

22nd.  They are refusing to allow our lawyer to represent us, thereby

requiring ADAPT activists to physically appear in DC Court on May 22nd.  We

estimate that ADAPT activists will incur costs between $100,000 – $150,000 for

travel, hotel, food and possible fines up to a $1,000 per person.  Low income

ADAPTers will need help with these expenses.

We won’t be intimidated by the system!

Medicaid funded programs are too integral to our goal of full community

integration.

So we are creating an MMM! Legal Defense Fund to fight back.  We want to raise

the money to offset as much of these costs as possible.  To do this we need

your help!

We would appreciate your contribution to the MMM! Legal Defense Fund.  All

contributions are tax deductible.  All donations will be used for costs

related to the MY MEDICAID MATTERS! Campaign.

Thank you for your support of disability rights and full community

integration.

To support the ADAPT activists you can send your tax deductible donation to:

ADAPT

MMM Legal Defense Fund

1640A East 2nd St

Austin, Texas 78702

512/442-0252

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