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10 Year Anniversary
ADAPT's Free Our People March


2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 1. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 1

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 2. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 2

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 3. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 3

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 4. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 4

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 5. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 5

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 6. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 6

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 7. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 7

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 8. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 8

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 9. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 9

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 10. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 10

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 11. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 11

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 12. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 12

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 13. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 13

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 14 Part 1. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 14 The Final March

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 14 Part 2. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 14 The Rally


The ADAPT Free Our People March - Looking back 10 years.


On the first day of the historic march ADAPT faces a downpour.

On the first day of the historic march ADAPT faces a downpour.

Ten years ago today I was one of 200 people who started out on the ADAPT Free Our People March. We rallied in downtown Philadelphia at the Liberty Bell and walked south west into the pouring rain. Two-weeks later, in the bright sunlight beside the US Capitol we rallied again with a thousand supports chanting: Free our people!

ADAPT had been working for over 10 years on Medicaid reform to stop people with disabilities from being warehoused in nursing homes and other institutions. Back in 2003 we were struggling to get the idea across to Americans that people have the right to live in the community.

The historic Free Our People March had an impact on America and the people who marched in the classic civil rights method. ADAPT uses every tool in our work for equality, but ADAPT is best known because one of the tools we use is non-violent civil disobedience; we get arrested. But the 144 mile Free Our People March was not an arrest action, ADAPT took a chapter directly from the Civil Rights Movement and added some unique ADAPT style to create a powerful and successful image of Disability Rights.

March with the US Capitol in the background

The March ended in a rally for MiCASSA at the US Capitol.

At the time I was the "web-guy" for ADAPT. My job for 14 days and nights was to produce a web-journal of the march with photos and news all the way from Phili to DC. I was part of the march, but sometimes I had a rare view from the distance as well as an extremely close perspective. I was on the planning committee and saw the Free Our People March come together, and now I am looking back on the event after ten years.

For the next two weeks I will share my memories of the March along with some archives and photos - things that have not been seen before. At the time, I produced about 15 photos to go with the journal entry for each day; but I have many more photos that no one has seen. I will share those with you as I look back ten years.

- Tim Wheat, Boulder Colorado

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 1. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 1

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 2. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 2

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 3. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 3

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 4. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 4

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 5. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 5

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 6. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 6

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 7. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 7

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 8. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 8

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 9. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 9

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 10. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 10

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 11. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 11

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 12. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 12

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 13. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 13

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 14 Part 1. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 14 The Final March

2013 Slideshow of unseen photos from Day 14 Part 2. The Report and photos from 2003 - DAY 14 The Rally





Below is the original navigation tool I made for each day of the March. Please read the posts and view the photos that were made 10 years ago.



THE MARCH: Day by day photos and commentary from the historic 144-mile, 2 week civil rights march from the Liberty Bell to Capitol Hill; From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Washington, DC to support MiCASSA.

Site Index | Sept. 3DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAY 10 | DAY 11 | DAY 12 | DAY 13 | DAY 14 | Rally |

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A series of black and white photos of solemn ADAPT members
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