On Thursday March 10, the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is sponsoring a so-called “adoptee rights” event at the Hard Rock in Times Square. Called “Learning the RIGHT Lessons about Adoption: What the Oprah Winfrey Reunion Story Teaches Us” we are told that we will enjoy an” eclectic morning of education, entertainment, and a discussion on access to OBCs.”
Co-sponsors are (get ready!) The Child Welfare League of America, the American Adoption Congress, The Center for Family Connections, Center for Adoption Support and Education, Adoptees Have Answers, Concerned United Birthparents, New York Unsealed Initiative, and the New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education.
None of these organizations has ever passed a clean records bill. Dozens of degrading, restrictive bills introduced over the last two decades, in fact, can be laid directly at their feet. In fact, the AAC opposed Oregon Measure 58 for “putting the movement back 20 years.”
Our rejection of adoption deform does not mean that we have no response to the Hard Rock event. WE ARE THE RESPONSE. We plan to attend as an oppositional exercise. We will publicly reject restrictions on our rights and repudiate those who do.
The adoptee rights movement is bastard-centric,
The Donaldson, founded by Spence-Chapin, is part of the adoption industry. It speaks on behalf of its own interests, not our interests! It’s “experts,” and friends promote individual repairs to a broken system by rejecting a class critique and solution to adoption and sealed records.
Bastard Nation and friends will be at the Hard Rock on March 10. Here is a tentative schedule:
Hard Rock Cafe
1501 Broadway (Times Square)
Meeting: 9:00AM – 12:00 Noon
RSVP the Donaldson: [email protected]
(I already did, and nobody has told me to go jump in the lake)
8:30-8:45 am: Meet outside Hard Rock. Gather our forces. (visuals, lit distribution)
9: 00 AM-12:00 Noon: meeting. Hold feet to fire.
After meeting: lunch at a TBA location in the Times Square area.
Please let me know if you plan to attend. Several Bastards and Friends have signed on.