Many activists with and without disabilities journeyed to Washington DC on Saturday, September 28th. They are there for the 30th anniversary Fall action of the disability rights group ADAPT. The group is committed to using nonviolent, civil disobedience to secure the rights of people with disabilities (PWD) and elders to home care services, transportation, and "affordable, accessible, integrated housing" as one of the group's familiar chants echoes.
Today was all about arriving. Members took planes, trains, buses, and personal automobiles to reach the now familiar Holiday Inn Capitol. There were many happy reunions in the lobby as people reunited who, in some cases, had not seen each other since the last action in April.
The week ahead is certain to be full of many challenges as ADAPT veterans and newcomers alike confront a power structure which would just as soon they go away. However, after 30 years that seem unlikely.