Terrified Tom's patience wearing thin; Sen. Cotton's office calls cops on disabled protesters | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Terrified Tom's patience wearing thin; Sen. Cotton's office calls cops on disabled protesters

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 12:16 PM

click to enlarge WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED: So say demonstrators in Sen. Tom Cotton's Little Rock office.
  • WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED: So say demonstrators in Sen. Tom Cotton's Little Rock office.

The elusive Sen. Tom Cotton, still MIA on the punitive health legislation and a 12 other white male Republicans wrote in secret, is getting tired of the protesters apparently. Cops were called about the latest sit-in in his Little Rock office.

This sit-in is by Arkansas ADAPT, a disability rights group whose demonstrations have sparked arrests in the past. A Facebook post by Amy Tweedle included the photo and a promise demonstrators would hold their ground.

Their earlier news release:

Today, members of Arkansas ADAPT, along with other resistance groups, are staging a sit-in at Senator Cotton’s office. Advocates are protesting the Senate healthcare bill, demanding that the Senator oppose attacks on disabled people’s freedom which are in the bill.

Advocates claim that not only will BCRA take away their freedom, it will also cost Americans much more money. The nursing facilities that people will be forced into are much more expensive than community-based services that BCRA would cut. In 2012, the National Council on Disability (an independent federal agency that makes policy recommendations for the President, Congress, and Federal Agencies) reported that states spent upwards of $300,000 more per person serving disabled in institutions each year than they would providing equivalent services in the community.

The project falls just days after a protest in Washington DC where ADAPT activist were literally dragged out of the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the 18th anniversary of Olmstead v. LC, the 1999 Supreme Court ruling which first recognized disabled people’s right to live in the community. The disability community has fought so hard to have their right to live in the community recognized and here we are 18 years later and still fighting for freedom from incarceration.

To say people will die under this law is not an exaggeration, Home and community based services are what allow people with disabilities to do our jobs, live our lives, and raise our families. Without these services many disabled and elderly Americans will die. We are not willing to let that happen without fighting back.

ADAPT’s history, the issues we are fighting for, and our activities can be followed on our website www.adapt.org , our Facebook page (National ADAPT) and our Twitter (@NationalADAPT) – Look for #ADAPTandRESIST

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