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ADAPT of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Encounters Al Gore on the Campaign Trail in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, September 4, 2000
ADAPT of SWPA went out to Point State Park in Pittsburgh PA to
remind Al Gore of his committment to ADAPT on the campaign trail.
About 10 ADAPTer's got to the front row to the side of the
stage. We had photographer Tom Olin with us for these great
photos to show off.
We got Al Gore's attention when he first got up on stage. We
were shouting Free Our People and held up signs "Reform Long
Term Care NOW!" He gave us a long stare, gave us a two thumbs
up sign, nodded "yes", then flashed "I Love You" in sign
language to us (not photographed).
He gave the regular speech about his standard platform stuff.
And finally, he pointed to ADAPT. Gore then very loudly and with
a bit of drama, read the signs that we were holding "Reform Long
Term Care -- Free Our People NOW" for the crowd. Gore then
launched into a description of "the working families of America"
who provide care to elderly family members with disabilities 24
hours 7 days per week without help. He described how people
with disabilities and the elderly seek to stay out of institutions and
need the help. He said we must reform long term care as the
signs said (he continued to point to us) and that the time to do it
was now when the Federal government has a surplus. He said
that we should use that surplus to help working Americans rather
than give a tax break to the rich. And, "Reforming long term care
was the right thing to do."
The others on the platform, including Jessie Jackson and every
high ranking democrate in SWPA, looked startled and turned to
see who Gore was directing the crowd to. It was obvious that Al
Gore was departing from his prepared speech and giving an
Later, Al Gore made the rounds to shake hands with the folks in
the front row. When he got to us, we grabbed his hand and
didn't let go until we made him hear our message. I told him to
continue to include the issue of reforming long term care in his
speeches as he campaigns across the country and he said "I did
today and I will".
Kyle Glozier held tight to Gore and played a portion of his speech
from the Democratic National Convention. Gore placed his head
right up against the communication device to listen (twice):
"I challenge the Democratic Party to work with people with
disabilities, and future leaders like myself to reform the long term
care system, pass MiCASSA, and FREE OUR PEOPLE."
I think that we got our message through to Al Gore today. It was
clear that when we are there to remind him at least, the issue of
reforming long term was something he was prepared to speak
about. I guess that means we have to continue our practice of
being there to remind him to "Free Our People!"
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