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day 1September 3, 2003

ADAPT meets befoe the start of the march.


Cassey James

Danny Seanze

Nancy Sladrandra

Jimi celebrates see the money.

Stephanie Thomas


“We Are Marching on Congress!”

13 years and 3 versions of MiCASSA, it is time for Congress to act. 

Bob Kafka speaks to marchers
Bob Kafka speaks to the group.

(PHILADELPHIA) ADAPT gathered in Philadelphia for the rally that will start the historic Free Our People March. Starting at the Liberty Bell, over 200 Civil Rights Marchers will begin a demonstration march 144 miles to the Halls of Congress in the Capitol. 

“This is the most difficult thing that ADAPT has ever done,” said Stephanie Thomas a national organizer from Texas, “all of us are working together to make this amazing thing happen.”

The night before the march, the participants gathered to talk about what is on the road ahead. Tens of thousands of dollars have been raised, and months of planning will be tested in the streets on September 4th. Most of the questions and discussion among marchers dealt with logistics and daily procedure.

“We are going to have to take care of each other,” said Nancy Salandra the Free Our People March Co-chair. “We are going to be moving everyday. We will freak people out.”

Over 80 of the marchers use power wheelchairs, who will have a difficult time getting a full 10 hour charge on their wheelchairs. The logistical coordination to make this happen on a major civil rights march is enormous, even before bathing and food are factored. March distance for a day ranges from 4 to 16 miles.

“Many of us have not pushed our chair that far,” said Bob Kafka, “we know what we can do, but we don’t know about our chairs.”

ADAPT meets together before the march.

Everyone, including the marchers, have questions about the logistics of the march; but, everyone at the Denver ADAPT send-off knows the reason: MiCASSA.

"I want MiCASSA now,” said Mike McCarty who live for 7 years in a nursing home, "what do you want?"

The nursing home industry did not exist 35 years ago when Medicaid began to pay for long-term care. Because of the institutional bias that is built into the Medicaid statute, nursing homes have grown to dominate the long-term care funding. 

The bias is that each US state that provides Medicaid must provide institutional services; home and community-based alternatives to nursing homes are optional. Nursing homes and other institutions are the least desirable and most expensive form of long-term care; but, the bias to institutions has kept the money flowing regularly to nursing homes while community and home based services must fight budget cuts. 

American’s attitude has changed since the ADA 13 years ago; yet, too often our country still deals with disability by locking us away. The Free Our People March is to show the world that people with disabilities are dormant and docile no longer.

- Tim Wheat

The National ADAPT website | The ADAPT Action Report | MiCASSA Information
A series of black and white photos of solemn ADAPT members
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DRAWING: A t-shirt with the FOP logo on the front.

Get the official ADAPT Free Our People T-Shirt.

T-Shirt Order Form.

ADAPT’s FREE OUR PEOPLE “Songs of Freedom.” 

CD Order Form.

Original artwork from the Free Our People March - By Sher Stewart.

Photos of her work.

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