On March 10, 2011 several Bastard Nationals, including myself, attended the “records event” held at the Hard Rock Cafe n Times Square New York. Sponsored by The Evan B Donaldson Adoption Institute, NJCare, and a couple other organizations. The event was billed as a “records events.”–a sort of “summit” to discuss the future of the adoptee rights movement. This future, led of course by the not-adopted adopter Adam Pertman, would include ,Oprah Winfrey,at least according to the event flyer.The meeting was an ego booster (and revenue booster?) for the always-limp EBD and a chance for NJCare to flog the bad bill it was running back then (referenced in the Manifesto). I won’t go into the details of the event here. Mike Doughney’s excellent He’s Not Legit and Baby Love Child’s Up Next on DMC’s “Adoptee Rights” Agenda: “Kidnapping” cover the run-up and downfall of the event I also wrote about it here.
A draft of the Hard Rock Manifesto was distributed at the event. The message was not greeted by much applause. Bastard Nationals who switched the losing discourse of reunion and wounds to a winning discourse of civil rights creating the revolutionary Second Wave of Bastardism were ignored, insulted, and verbally attacked as Pertman & Co attempted to deflect the issue, cut off debate, and pretty much tell us to STFU. We weren’t in their script Videos of the event are posted here. Look at 20-23 especially for an up-close look at how ”nice” liberal can’t-we-all-get-along adoptionists operate when questioned on their own efficacy.
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