ADAPT Marches proudly together in the street after warning of arrest from Little Rock Police
|ADAPT marches toward the Arkansas State Capitol.|
“I was appalled and embarrassed for my state,” said Brenda Stinebuck. “We had not broken the law and had cooperated with the police, but were blocked from the Senator’s office anyway.”
“Once they actually understand the policy," said Mike Oxford of Kansas ADAPT, "we are hoping that they will stop advocating against Arkansas implementing the Community First Choice Option so the state can benefit from the new federal program created by ADAPT.”
“We are the only group of people who can be legally paid less than minimum wage,” said Dawn Russell of Colorado ADAPT. “Goodwill International and SourceAmerica are fighting our efforts to end that discriminatory law; that needs to stop!”
ADAPT is hopeful about a productive meeting with Goodwill because the Arkansas organization does not, itself, pay less than minimum wage to disabled individuals. ADAPT intends to march in the street to these locations.
“Most people won’t understand this, but frankly it’s a safety issue,” said Josue Rodriguez of Tennessee ADAPT. “The police insisted – under the threat of immediate arrest – that we use the sidewalk, but the curb cuts and sidewalks are in such bad shape, people nearly tipped over.”
“The City of Little Rock should take the money the police department is wasting by following us around in plain clothes, ticketing us and transporting our group and use it to fix the streets,” Jennifer McPhail of Texas ADAPT added, Rodriguez and McPhail were arrested on Tuesday when they were instructed to move their wheelchairs to the sidewalk but couldn’t because there wasn’t an accessible route.