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DAY FIFTY-ONE: We Want Freedom, We Want Choices!

ADAPT promotes progressive change, demands removing institutional chains.

Louis Patrick(NASHVILLE, August 9, 2005) Louis Patrick was bound with chains and his mouth taped shut as human services and medical professionals dragged him away in an attempt to condemn Louis to a nursing home. However, the “professionals” hit upon resistance. That resistance was ADAPT.

“Nothing about us without us! We want freedom, we want choices! I’d rather go to jail then to die in a nursing home!” and more rang out from the ADAPT activists as the blocked the path of the “professionals” that attempted to take away another one of our brothers. The “professionals” tried to convince everyone they knew best, “You’re not capable to make those decisions. We don’t have to give you choices. We know what’s best for you.”

The ADAPT activists fought harder. “Free our Brother, NOW!” Barbara Bounds and Randy Alexander reached under the chain and blocked the “professionals” from taking away another brother.

ADAPT and others joined together to greet conventioneers from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) conference with the above conflict. NASHP members had to walk around the “Consumers versus the State” street theater as they entered their “Promoting Community Living” session of the conference. 

Nearly forty activists from several groups joined together in Nashville on Monday to continue to push their Save TennCare Campaign. All around the conference the group was working their message.

ADAPT started the day off with the Consumers versus the State. Outside of the conference hotel activists signed a six-foot tall “Pink Slip” for the Governor. “Governor Bredesen, You’re fired,” yelled Karl Meyers!

Activists in the conference hotel lobby.

Others snuck into the conference lunch and presented the keynote speaker, Governor Phil Bredesen. As conventioneers left their breakout session covering Safety nets they were met with a rescue team. Activists looked to the sky and tried to catch Tennesseans that are uninsurable and working people being shoved off of TennCare and the 700,000 working poor with no insurance with little “bait” fishnets.

Then at five “Million Dollar Phil” and activists dressed as a million dollar bill answered questions and dispelled myths about the TennCare cuts.

- Randy Alexander

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