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
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
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
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
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
To support the ADAPT activists you can send your tax deductible donation to:
MMM Legal Defense Fund
1640A East 2nd St
Austin, Texas 78702