The action was planned after Schwarzenegger announced that he wanted to fingerprint in home health service providers AND patients to crack down on fraud in the IHSS system. Finger print patients?Â Smooth move Gov.
At one point, a secret service agent (presumably assigned to the Governor)Â grabbed her by the arm roughly, telling her that she was interfering with his job. Capitol police intervened, lifting her and her wheelchair, turning her completely around so that the agent could pass.
The following is a sampling of Rudder’s excerpts from the day’s protest:
+ At 11 am, a line of 15 people joined arms and using their wheelchairs, blocked the Governorâ€™s offices and then moved to shut down the hallway outside his office.
+ This will be a day we will all remember! I hope the world hears how the power of the disabled conquered the Terminator.
+ The advocates continued to hold the line as they asked to be heard. They are seeking no cuts to human services and IHSS. If these cuts take place, we face force institutionalization and loss of life.Â
+ We were shouting, â€œhold that line. No one in or out.â€ The protestors asked to see the Governor and he and his staff refused to talk to us.
+ We want a budget that raises revenue and not cuts alone.
+ Officers were brought in around 6:30 to shut the building down. They told us that those who wanted to be arrested to stay. Those who stayed were cited and released peacefully.
The event was covered in the Sacrament Bee’s Capitol Alert by reporter Jim Sanders. Though he got the start time andÂ incorrect, to the knowledge of Rudder, it seems that most of his report confirms what I followed all day via text messages. You can read Sanders’ account here, or see KCRA’s story and photo here.