I could see them as I walked out of my office building, lined up square across Charlotte Avenue near the Supreme Court building, a blockade of wheelchairs and other ambulatory devices, bundled up in makeshift colorful ponchos. A Domino's Pizza plastic wrapper protected one person against the cold and rain. They are members of an organization called ADAPT, protesting the treatment of the disabled and the infirm in Tennessee's nursing homes, which one former nursing home social worker at the protest called "fucking scary." Occasionally, one of the more mobile members of the protest would get on a bullhorn and shout, "You're trapped, adapt!"
Apparently this group seeks audience with Governor Bredesen. After being ignored by the legislature in the past, they feel today's protest is a last resort.
Johnny Law was on hand to make sure that all was safe at the Capitol, though they could not prevent a traffic accident that happened just as I was leaving the area. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. However, the Anderson County students who last week lobbied for a bill to require citizens over the age of 65 to take eye exams and retake driver's license exams now seem prescient.