We Put Our Bodies On the Line to Save Obamacare. Now ADAPT Is Asking House Democrats to Support Our Fight for Freedom!

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To: The Democratic Members of the House of Representatives who are not currently co-sponsors of the Disability Integration Act (HR.555) * See List Below
From: National ADAPT
Date: April 26, 2019
SUBJECT: We Put Our Bodies On the Line to Save Obamacare. Now ADAPT Is Asking You to Support Our Fight for Freedom!

We are writing because you are not currently a co-sponsor of the Disability Integration Act (HR.555), and ADAPT is formally asking that you co-sponsor this critically-important civil rights legislation.

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You should be familiar with ADAPT and our work. We were literally yanked from our wheelchairs, dragged out of offices, tossed out of buildings, handcuffed and arrested – multiple times – to save the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid from attacks during the 115th Congress. We changed the battle over Medicaid to a fight for Life, Liberty and Freedom and are widely credited for saving Obamacare.

Our fight for Life, Liberty and Freedom continues in this Congress.  Although Medicaid funds the services and supports we need, it is also institutionally-biased and current policy forces elderly and Disabled Americans into nursing facilities and other institutions when it could support us living in the community like everyone else.  On January 15, 2019 – in honor of the 90th birthday of the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the Disability Integration Act, DIA.  This bicameral and bipartisan legislation ensures older and Disabled Americans have a right to live and receive services in their own homes instead of being forced into unwanted institutionalization.

The Disability Integration Act has broad-based support throughout the Disability Community, and nearly 800 aging, disability, social justice and faith-based organizations have endorsed the bill.  As the bill was being introduced in January, ADAPT called on the House of Representatives to pass DIA before July 26, 2019 when thousands of people with disabilities will be in Washington, DC.  Organizations throughout the US have supported this call to action, including the National Disability Leadership Alliance which sent a letter to House Leadership with over 740 other organizations signed on. (http://www.disabilityintegrationact.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/NDLA-DIA-Letter.pdf)

ADAPT is surprised that as a House Democrat committed to supporting and advancing civil rights, you are not already a cosponsor of the Disability Integration Act (HR.555), especially because 133 other members of the House of Representatives have already shown their support for our freedom by cosponsoring the bill.  To support ADAPT’s fight for the Life, Liberty and Freedom of elderly and Disabled Americans by cosponsoring DIA/HR.555, simply have your staff contact Amy Bos in Representative Sensenbrenner’s office.  Her email is Amy.Bos@mail.House.gov.

If you have questions about the bill, please have your staff contact Stephanie Woodward SWoodward@ncdr.us or Dara Baldwin at DBaldwin@ncdr.us

ADAPT’s national week of protests will be in Washington, DC during the week of May 20th when we will be visiting the offices of Democrats in the House who are not cosponsoring the bill in order to ensure that the House can pass DIA by July 26, 2019.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Signed on Behalf of National ADAPT:

Marilee Adamski-Smith

In her wheelchair surrounded by police officers while shouting
In her wheelchair surrounded by police officers while shouting

Gregg Beratan

Being dragged by two police officers
Being dragged by two police officers

Anita Cameron

Being lifted by three police officers as she is being arrested
Being lifted by three police officers as she is being arrested


Bruce Darling

Being lifted off the ground and carried by police
Being lifted off the ground and carried by police

Jonathan Dollhopf

Being carried by police in a chair with hands in zip-tie handcuffs preventing him from communicating in ASL
Being carried by police in a chair with hands in zip-tie handcuffs preventing him from communicating in ASL

Thomas Earle

Being dragged by two police officers with his white cane in hand
Being dragged by two police officers with his white cane in hand

Colleen Flanagan

In her wheelchair being pulled by a police officer
In her wheelchair being pulled by a police officer

Rhoda Gibson

In her wheelchair with a megaphone
In her wheelchair with a megaphone

Laura Halvorson

In her wheelchair with a sign that reads 'Medicaid is Life and Liberty for Disabled Americans" surrounded by police officers
In her wheelchair with a sign that reads ‘Medicaid is Life and Liberty for Disabled Americans” surrounded by police officers

Latoya Maddox

In her wheelchair surrounded by protesters while shouting
In her wheelchair surrounded by protesters while shouting

Jennifer McPhail

Shouting in her wheelchair in police custody
Shouting in her wheelchair in police custody

Jacqueline Mitchell

Facing the camera with solemn expression and fist raised in the power position.
Facing the camera with solemn expression and fist raised in the power position.

Mike Oxford

Laying on the ground next to his mobility scooter
Laying on the ground next to his mobility scooter

German Parodi

Being lifted from the floor by police officers to remove him from office
Being lifted from the floor by police officers to remove him from office

Josue Rodriguez

In his wheelchair surrounded by police
In his wheelchair surrounded by police

Dawn Russell

In her wheelchair on the lift of a wheelchair accessible police van with fist raised in a power position.
In her wheelchair on the lift of a wheelchair accessible police van with fist raised in a power position.

Eileen “Spitfire” Sabel

Shouting while being carried off the ground by police
Shouting while being carried off the ground by police

Stephanie Woodward

Shouting while being carried out of office by police
Shouting while being carried out of office by police

* The Democratic Members of the House of Representatives who are not currently co-sponsors of the Disability Integration Act (HR.555)

Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12)
Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-3)
Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)
Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-3)
Rep. Amerish Bera (CA-7)
Rep. Donald Beyer (VA-8)
Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-4)
Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC-1)
Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-8)
Rep. Ed Case (HI-1)
Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6)
Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5)
Rep. James Clyburn (SC-6)
Rep. James Cooper (TN-5)
Rep. Jose Correa (CA-46)
Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)
Rep. Terrance Cox (CA-21)
Rep. Angela Craig (MN-2)
Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-1)
Rep. Danny Davis (IL-7)
Rep. Valdez Demings (FL-10)
Rep. Theodore Deutch (FL-22)
Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18)
Rep. Abby Finkenauer (IA-1)
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7)
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21)
Rep. John Garamendi (CA-3)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29)
Rep. Jared Golden (ME-2)
Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5)
Rep. Josh Harder (CA-10)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20)
Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-5)
Rep. Dennis Heck (WA-10)
Rep. Katherine Hill (CA-25)
Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-5)
Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-4)
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-5)
Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-2)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
Rep. Daniel Kildee (MI-5)
Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6)
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-2)
Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-2)
Rep. John Larson (CT-1)
Rep. Alfred Lawson (FL-5)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Rep. Susie Lee (NV-3)

Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49)
Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (IL-3)
Rep. David Loebsack (IA-2)
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-2)
Rep. Ben Mcadams (UT-4)
Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-6)
Rep. A. Donald McEachin (VA-4)
Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-9)
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32)
Rep. Richard Neal (MA-1)
Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-1)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5)
Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ-6)
Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-1)
Rep. William Pascrell (NJ-9)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)
Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52)
Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-3)
Rep. Stacey Plaskett (VI-0)
Rep. Katherine Porter (CA-45)
Rep. David Price (NC-4)
Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-2)
Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-1)
Rep. Timothy Ryan (OH-13)
Rep. Michael San Nicolas (GU-0)
Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-38)
Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28)
Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5)
Rep. Kim Schrier (WA-8)
Rep. David Scott (GA-13)
Rep. Robert Scott (VA-3)
Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7)
Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30)
Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-8)
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8)
Rep. D. Adam Smith (WA-9)
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-7)
Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11)
Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)
Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5)
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13)
Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35)
Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2)
Rep. David Trone (MD-6)
Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14)
Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51)
Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34)
Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3)