This is different - it's not for me, but for Colorado ADAPT, my chapter - one of the 43 chapters of ADAPT, a national, grassroots disability rights organization that has been around for 30 years.
I joined ADAPT back in 1986, when I was living in Chicago, IL, my home town. Back then, I was a shy, mousy 21-year old who never spoke above a whisper. Those who know me now know that ADAPT changed me completely. Some of you have watched me grow up in ADAPT.
What many of you may not know is that ADAPT is my LIFE! To say that it is important to me and important in my life is a VAST understatement. I would not be who and what I am if it were not for ADAPT; if it weren't for ADAPT, I most likely would not be alive today!
That is why I am writing asking you to make a donation to Colorado ADAPT so that we can go to Little Rock, Arkansas to help fight for disability rights. I PROMISE you, folks - the ONLY time you'll see or hear me asking for donations, it will be for ADAPT!
To learn more about ADAPT, click here.
To make a quick and easy donation, click here.
If you want to write a check AND want to get an idea of how your donation will be used, check out the letter below.
Please Help Colorado ADAPT Get to Little Rock, Arkansas, to Fight for Disability Rights!
August 28, 2014
To Friends and Family of Colorado ADAPT:
As many of you may know, there are two national ADAPT actions each year--one every spring in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC, and usually the other in the fall of the year at a location where our collective presence seems necessary.
Little Rock, Arkansas is the chosen destination for the trip coming up September 13--18, 2014, and we are fortunate that airline rates from Denver to Little Rock are at surprisingly low prices! That, along with extremely reasonable hotel rates, should make it possible to send a good number of activists from Denver to this action, but, as always, we will still need a good number of sponsors to make this trip a reality.
Unfortunately, the legislators in Arkansas still believe in the institutional bias, so our job will be to convince them that people with disabilities are better served in the community. We will be advocating for the Community First Choice Option to be implemented there to ensure all people with disabilities living in Arkansas have access to community based personal care; and continue voicing strong support for COMMUNITY INTEGRATION, not SEGREGATION!
Hopefully we can count on your support in this effort.
Please mail donations to
10000 E. Alameda Ave., #217
Denver CO, 80247
Attention: Dawn Russell
FREE OUR PEOPLE!
Lisa and I will be driving to Little Rock to join our ADAPT sisters and brothers. Any donation you can make is more than welcome!
Let me give you a breakdown of what your donation can accomplish:
$5 can go towards getting water for all of our activists.
$10 can go towards gas for the vans that transport our activists when their wheelchairs break down.
$20 can feed an activist for an entire day - trust me, we eat CHEAP on these actions!
$50 can go towards a room for an activist.
$100 can go towards a room for one night for two activists.
Remember, ANY donation is acceptable and is tax deductible!
Please make checks payable to ADAPT. Be sure to tell them Anita sent you!
Thank you VERY much!
If you would like to donate using a credit or debit card, here is the link to our Tilt campaign. It's encrypted and very secure and they don't keep your credit card information.
If you cannot give, I understand. Please pass it along to your friends whom you believe may be able to give.