On May 1st, 2007, two hundred activists hit the streets of Washington, D.C. The focual point of todays Washginton, D.C. tour was the American Hospital Association. This organization's practice of direct nursing home placement, without consumer assitance in returning to home, or knowing of community based service options perpetuates the instiuttuional bias of the medical profesison. this group of protesters fuilled the lobby of the building, seeking to talk to the the CEO. The group was able to have a meeting brokered by the Capitol Police. A promise of a meeting within thrity days was arranged, with the topic of discussion revamping the hospital discharge prosess, and the philosophy of it.
Before leaving, one of the Capitol police commended us for our work, being civil in our disobedience and shared his personal experience about a family member with a head injury. He wished us luck in our pursuit of a meeting, and stated that if they did not meet with us, he expects to see us back again next year.