On Monday, members of the disability rights group ADAPT was set out once again to influence public policy that effects people with disabilities (PWD) and elders. Their first stop was Speaker of the house John Boehner's office. One segment of the group actually entered the building. Once inside, Capitol police banned them from chanting, but not singing so, activist marched around the entire building singing “Went down to John Boehner's house, and I took back what he stole from me and I took back my dignity and I took back my humanity. Now he’s under my feet and under my wheels. Ain’t nobody gonna walk all over me.”
Outside, the rest of the group chanted and sang. Although they were outside, John Boehner’s office was separated by them only by a wall.
The next stop was the White House. The aim of this action was to show that ADAPT is non-partisan and plans to hold all elected officials who they deem not to be working in the best interest of PWD and elders accountable regardless of party. Their target this time was vice president Joe Biden who promised to meet with the group and reneged. When Biden wouldn’t reschedule the promised meeting some activists chained themselves to the White House gate and there were 62 arrest according to ADAPT leadership.
The group's nightly all member meeting lasted until approximately 8:30 p.m. Despite knowing that antendees still needed to have dinner and complete other nightly rituals, the group will still gather in the lobby of their hotel tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. to depart for other day of activism.