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day 6September 9, 2003

Supporters cheer the March on to Congress

Bob Kafka and Bob Tequmeir run out of juice

The March approaches the bridge in bright sunlight

MTA provides ferry service across the river

Aboard the MTA bus

Daniese McMullen-Powell

Richard Miller

Mike

Steve Verriden

ADAPT's artist, Sher Stewart of Memphis

Nancy Salanra tells about tomorrow

 

The March on Congress crosses the Susquehanna River

Stephanie Thomas and Bob Kafka lead the discussion at the end of the day.The Free Our People March did not lose any steam today, with sprits high, the March crossed the Susquehanna River with the assistance of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA) and ended the second-longest day of the March with time to relax before dinner.

The State of Maryland absolutely does not allow pedestrian or bicycle traffic on the bridge. Although there are four bridges and one unused set of pilings between Perryville and Harve de Grace, none of the bridges support any transportation other than train or automobile. Knowing that ADAPT would cross the bridge despite the ridiculous state law, Maryland provided five customized MTA buses to ferry marchers across the bridge.

This morning ADAPT was on the road at 9:00 sharp, and faced some steep hills marching for the Susquehanna. Again, the March was greeted with waves and honking in support from the people in Maryland. A handful of marchers from Texas and Utah had the most difficult time because of a conflict with the coffeemaker where their chairs were recharging, prevented their wheelchairs from getting a full charge.

The group enjoyed sleeping inside for a change, and everyone took a shower. The stop was relaxing and the food was plentiful and first-class. With all the trappings of everyday life, the Free Our People March never took respite from the job ahead of them: To get Congress to pass MiCASSA this legislative session.

“I was in a nursing home for eight years, I was forced to move in when my parents divorced,” said Karen Burrison of Philadelphia. “You cannot have a family in the nursing home,” she said, “I saw people that got married in the nursing home and still had to live in separate rooms. Liberty Resources got me out in 1991, now that I’m out I have a family.”

“My mother did not understand why I wanted out of the nursing home,” Karen said. “My mom said ‘you get twenty-four hour care in there and you don’t have to worry about paying the bills.’ I said: Mom, I want a life, and you can’t have a life in the nursing home.”

Barbara Hines The March paused at the bridge to eat lunch and load onto MTA buses. Crossing the Susquehanna River, the Chesapeake Bay was visible in the distance. The ride ended in the small town of Harve de Grace, where the Free Our People March was back on the road headed for Congress.

Everyone in the march gathered at 5:30 to deconstruct the day and plan for tomorrow. Bob Kafka read e-mails of support sent from around the world to people on the March [send an e-mail to the marchers]. Each e-mail message got applause, and Bob read several pages of messages. There is a grand feeling of unity among the March participants, and the messages were a reminder of the greater unity we all share in the movement.

People First of Harford County supplied dinner for the marchers. Cheryl Hampson played guitar and sang to a small crowd in a grassy spot under a tree, as people got ready for bed.

Although the sun was out all day again today, it was milder and by dinnertime people were wearing sweaters and jackets. At dinner we were entertained by watching the full moon rise. Mike McCarty identified the lone bright light near the moon as Mars. Some folks milled about socializing until about 10:00; but, by 10:30 the camp was quiet and Pat King turned off the work lights that lit the sea of empty wheelchairs being recharged.

- Tim Wheat

EDITOR’S NOTE: I apologize that yesterday’s report was late getting on the web. It was hard to find a connection to the Internet in rural Maryland. Tad Whitin of Harve de Grace, however was kind enough to let me use his phone to make a modem connection and upload yesterdays stuff. Thank you Tad. 

It is my intention to get the reports up on the web for you each morning, please be understanding about this procedure
. -tw

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