“I’d Rather Go To Jail Than Die In A Nursing Home”- Handicap Protest Budget Cuts

Video by Bill Sorem

Four members of ADAPT Minnesota were briefly detained and removed from the Minnesota Senate gallery around 10:50 a.m. this morning as they shouted “I’d rather go to jail than die in a nursing home!”

Galen Smith, Chris Bell, Nikki Villavicencio-Tollison, and Darrell Paulsen were told they were trespassing, and if they returned to the State Capitol today they would be arrested.

ADAPT Minnesota is a local chapter of a national group of people with disabilities who are fighting for their lives in the community.

A press release from the group says they are demonstrating today because the cuts that the Republican leaders have proposed to Health and Human Services will send us to expensive and unhealthy nursing homes and institutions, keep us from work & community life and cost the state more money

Below: the Minnesota Senate debate that was interrupted:

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