Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Auction: bid on a richly symbolic artifact of disability history

Since the founding of the DS,TU blog back in May of 2004, I have enjoyed watching our vista enlarge, reaching deeper into history and moving outward across space for stories in the wider world of literature, activism, and commerce. A news story has come to my attention that ties in each of these threads. It is all about the shirt, worn and since signed by activists who participated in the first National ADAPT action back in 1984. ADAPT t-shirts like this one have been displayed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. (The Disability Rights Movement, 2000 - 2001). But this shirt is available for auction including incredible documentation: a collection of photos documenting the event where it was worn, and a sworn affidavit certifying that this is the genuine artifact, signed by people who were there in DC and actually made the shirt.

And this shirt can be yours! For the next 3 weeks, the first ADAPT t-shirt is available to bidders at a special auction page on the National ADAPT website. After that, the shirt will go up on eBay for one week. The auction closes March 15, 2006 and the winning bid will be announced on the ADAPT website and the DS,TU blog. Speaking personally, I highly value my activist t-shirts, and I can think of no better way to demonstrate your connection to the 'ragged edge' of the American Disability Rights Movement.

Reference: 'An auction - the first ADAPT disability rights "T" shirt,'