By Scott Nance
On Monday, February 22, over 30 representatives of Chicago ADAPT and friends from at least 7 concerned organizations protested at Representative Ken Dunkin’s office at 2059 East 75th St. in Chicago.
Chicago ADAPT demanded Representative Dunkin support a fair contract for child care and in-home service providers as well as other public employees, support full funding of services and progressive revenue, vote in favor of Illinois House Bill 4351 (a bill protecting in-home services for people with disabilities and seniors), and to meet with Chicago ADAPT Wednesday, March 16 to continue dialogue.
Shelly Berry, a constituent in Dunkin’s district, remarked: “Representative Dunkin has turned his backs on us and we demand an apology for his recent remarks insulting the disabled community and betraying the public trust.”
Chants of betrayal and demands for representing the people and not corporate interests were apparently unheard by Representative Dunkin, as he refused to acknowledge the crowd assembled at his office doorstep.
Chicago ADAPT is a grassroots disability rights group dedicated to the civil rights, independence, and integration of people with disabilities.