Adoptee Rights Struggle
March 29, 2008 - Gladney 120 Year Anniversary Celebration and planned picket of Gala at Worthington Hotel.
If you go to http://www.gladney120th.com/ you can see the planned events for the 120 Year Anniversary Celebration for Gladney Adoption Center. Since Gladney has led the effort to deny adoptee rights to their own history a picket is planned of the Gala at the Worthington Hotel the evening of March 29, 2009. At this time the other events are not targeted so that we may concentrate on this final event with adults present.
It is planned to have all volunteers gather at the Worthington Hotel in downtown at 6:00 PM. We will have a minimum of three teams working, one person with a large sign and another with flyers to hand out about the history of the equal access issue for adoptees to their own birth and genetic history. Others are invited to join us in this protest and be present with signs representing their concerns related to being denied their own history, or that of their birth child, due to the legal efforts of Gladney Adoption Center.
Adoptees may have signs such as: ""Gladney celebrates their history while denying me mine." Gladney Adoptee."
Another sign to be used says "State enforced genetic secrecy kills adoptees!"
The goal is to begin targeting the adoptee struggle for equal rights directly at the adoption agency leading national efforts to deny adoptees their rights. Their efforts are certainly not in keeping with the Edna Gladney as portrayed in "Blossoms in the Dust." There she was certainly a supporter of adoptee rights!
The modern equivalent of Edna Gladney can be considered to be Madelyn Freundlich. On the pages at http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/research/2007_11_for_records.php you can see the most recent research by Madelyn Freundlich as she clearly documents the truth about the struggle of adult adoptees for their own records.
Volunteers are encourage to contact Bill Betzen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the other coordinators working to help bring volunteers together at the Worthington in starting at 6:00 PM on the evening of Saturday, March 29, 2008. or
Questions are welcome.Bill Betzen