For Those NOT Going on the Adoptee Rights BusIf you are NOT taking the buses from the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Airport, then you will need to find and hook up with the Adoptee Rights Demonstration!
The Georgia World Congress Center (285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591), like most of the convention centers that the NCSL is held at, is huge, but we will be meeting and demonstrating in and around the complex where we can best be seen and grab the attention of the incoming state legislators and general public.
The ARC always strives to comply with the local authorities of both the cities and the event complexes where we are guests. This year, through no fault of our own nor for lack of trying, we have not been able to secure definitive permission to be on the GWCC property. For that reason, we are planning the initial meeting on the Georgia International Plaza which is a city own public place directly across from the GWCC and the Georgia Dome. From there we will be able to march along the public sides of the GWCC complex and by the hotels where the legislators will be staying for the NCSL annual summit.
See the Adoptee Rights Demonstration 2013 Atlanta map live on Google Maps
Focus on Discriminating Against Adopted PeoplePlease Remember: access to original birth certificates is not about a right to reunion. Access to our records is about ending the discrimination against adoptees. It really is that simple. That is truly something that no statistic, no fake privacy rights, no adoption agency can counter. There is no argument that overrules our discrimination. Discrimination is discrimination. And we, the adopted, ARE being discriminated against by being denied access to our original, unaltered birth certificates. Keep your message simple and to the point.
When you get to the Conference Center, you'll want to look for this place:
And people that look like this:
Rules of Conduct for Adoptee Rights DemonstrationThe GWCC is public property and does not fall under the public city demonstration laws. Based off of the City of Atlanta criteria, we are not required to have a permit of assembly either. In other words, we're just going to go and do what we do. So please be aware that our goal is not to annoy or cause trouble. If any person of authority requests us to comply, we shall.
No member of the Adoptee Rights Coalition or Adoptee Rights Demonstration, guests, supporters may:
- Violate any law, City ordinances or zoning requirements or prohibitions
- Cause injury or damage to city or public resources or facilities
- Interfere with ingress or egress of GWCC or private facilities patrons
- Impair the operations of any facilities
- Endanger the health or safety of the public.
- Affix signs, literature or any other materials to any object, structure, sculpture or trees.
- Use vehicle or any other wheeled devices as part of an expressive activity; with exception of wheelchairs and other similar motorized devices for those individuals physically requiring such devices
- Store or leave unattended any boxes or bags of literature or any other materials.
- Erect any table, chair, booth or other structure or physical prop
- Or disseminate obscene materials