by Big Noise and Magitator
There is a perverse pride, being from
Seriously, watch the
I cannot deny I was a part of that
Howe is a hellhole of a residential facility. The federal government decertified it a year ago. Equip for Equality (our protection and advocacy agency) has investigated the facility seven times documenting describing in gruesome detail the deaths of 21 people and multiple instances of abysmal care. Two more people died there in the last two months. The United States Department of Justice is investigating violations of the Constitutional rights of the people living there.
The committee meeting was to start at 3:00. It started at 5:30 (it is after all,
Have these folks every heard of multi-tasking? Can they only handle one thing at a time? People are dying for Christ’s sake!! Our most vulnerable people need action, their very lives are at stake; and this joint committee just put down the ball and walked off the court.
One legislator, Elaine Nekritz, Democrat from
AFSCME, and other supporters of keeping Howe open want to use the additional time to pressure the politicians.
We have to use that same time to speak the truth to the legislators. As advocates for people with disabilities, we will use our voices for the most vulnerable. They should not disregard us. We have numbers: as we continue to organize ourselves, our strength will make them feel the power of the disability rights movement.
Crossposted at BigNoise
Here is excellent information on specifics on why Howe should be closed NOW