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day 8September 11, 2003

Doris passes a roadsign welcoming ADAPT

The line of marchers near Baltimore

protection from the sun

Richard takes a break from the controls

Rick Vitar

Jesse helps with lunch

Kay Fox, coordnitating the food

Friendly people bring water as marchers pass

Marchers pass a sign that reads Baltimore 13

Stephanie Thomas and Lowell Aird coordinate their wardrobe

Linda Anthony in her tent

Johnny sings at night outside his tent

 

The Free Our People March 

Support grows as Baltimore nears

The March passes a road sign welcoming them, with Maryland State Police(Cowenton, Maryland) Nine miles outside of Baltimore, the mood is good as Free Our People Marchers anticipate being joined by about fifty activists for the last leg of the March on Congress. Logistical questions are behind the seasoned group and the freshness of the new marchers will be welcome.

“Talk minus action, equals nothing,” says Doris J. King of Salt Lake City. “Other groups say ‘well we are supposed to have this or that’ while ADAPT goes out and gets it.”

As the Free Our People March closes the distance to Baltimore, there is more obvious public support. Citizens of the suburbs have encouraging things to say as the March passes by. The hills in Maryland, however, take their toll on the marchers. About 10 percent do not have the power to make it to the Cowenton Church in Whitemarsh, and must be picked-up by the trailing van and shuttled ahead to catch the March.

“I was tired of complacency, I think complacency nurtures ignorance,” said Lopeti of Salt Lake City. “People setting around complaining doesn’t get anything done. I want to have a voice.”

After leaving the lunch site, ADAPT faces an exceptionally long steep hill. Looking at the hill ahead causes a round of chanting “FREE OUR PEOPLE, PASS MiCASSA NOW.” The Marchers use the chants to stiffen the resolve of everyone struggling up the hill. When the front of the line of Marchers is at the top of the hill, the line behind is nearly twice as long as when traveling on flat ground as some gaps grow between the slower marchers and the column headed for the summit. 
“I heard about ADAPT as a activist for my Union,” said Ken Wulle of Salt Lake City, “I was impressed by their taking action – doing something, rather than sitting around watching Judge Judy.”

Linda AnthonyAt the meeting ending the days march; Bob Kafka announced that we were now just 9 miles from Baltimore and 52 miles from Congress. For the first time the marchers heard the news about the FREE OUR PEOPLE TRAIN that will be leaving New York City to bring people to the rally on September 17th. At this point we hear that the train is seven cars long and will make a stop in Philadelphia to pick-up more people for the rally.

“The thing that impressed me first about ADAPT is seeing so many disabled people,” said Rick Vitar of Denver. “I didn’t realize how big the movement was. Before I was disabled, I didn’t know there was a disability rights movement.”

Although everyone is looking forward to relaxing as the wave of marchers enters the camp, the now familiar routines begin so that the wheelchairs are recharged, everyone is fed and we all get some sleep tonight. No one, however, forgets why we are here.

“I worked in supported employment for 10 years and I have seen some really horrible things – like sorting screws all day and then having them dumped back into the barrel,” said Debbie Boyd of Austin Texas. “I like ADAPT because they are radical. There are a lot of barriers, a lot of sheltered workshops. ADAPT says we want a real job.”


- Tim Wheat

 

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