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WHO: National ADAPT
WHAT: ADAPT Homecoming Celebration Events
WHERE: Rally at Civic Center Park, Dinner at Embassy Suites Downtown Convention Center, Denver, Colorado
WHEN: Monday November 12, 2018 afternoon and evening
40 Year ADAPT Anniversary Celebration Events Set for Monday
11/12/18 Denver, CO – In celebration of the forty year anniversary of its founding, ADAPT, a national grassroots disability rights organization, will be hosting several events today. ADAPT started in Denver when 19 disabled activists, now known as the Gang of 19, blocked a bus to demand accessible public transportation. Forty years later, ADAPT, which has united disability rights activists across the country in a multitude of victories, makes its return to the movement’s birthplace in Denver, Colorado.
The festivities kick off today in Civic Center Park from 2 to 4 pm with a Homecoming Rally with ADAPT founders, members, and allies in attendance. Andy and Hava Rosen, two of the original Gang of 19 members, will be among the speakers, as well as lifetime ADAPTers, Stephanie Thomas and Bob Kafka. Lieutenant Governor Elect Dianne Primavera and State Senator Jessie Danielson will also speak.
From 5:30 to 7:30 PM, ADAPT will be hosting a dinner honoring the life and legacy of longtime ADAPT leader, Babs Johnson, who recently passed. At 7:30 PM, following the dinner, there will be a screening of “Piss on Pity: The Story of ADAPT” a new film on the history of ADAPT. Both the dinner and the film screening will take place at the Embassy Suites on 14th Avenue and Stout Street.