A Statement in Opposition to Honoring Dr. Jack Kevorkian
- All human beings are entitled to dignity and social justice.
- People with disabilities are human beings.
- People with disabilities are entitled to dignity and social justice.
- The Gleitsman Foundation has presented Dr. Jack Kevorkian with a Citizen Activist Award for challenging “social injustice.”
- Dr. Kevorkian has actively participated in the deaths of persons with disabilities, both with and without terminal illnesses.
- Dr. Kevorkian’s actions toward people with disabilities deny them dignity and social justice.
We, the undersigned, call upon the Gleitsman Foundation and all persons associated with the Citizen Activist Award to support the right of people with disabilities to dignity and social justice and to publicly condemn Dr. Kevorkian’s actions.
- Adrienne Asch, Ph.D.
Henry R. Luce Professor, Biology, Ethics, and the Politics of Human Reproduction, Wellesley College
- Rev. Daniel Berrigan
Also on behalf of the 18 members of the West Side Jesuit Community
- Jerome and Carol Berrigan
- Rev. Philip Berrigan
- Douglas P. Biklen, Ph.D., Professor, Syracuse University
- Quinn Brisben
- Ramsey Clark, Esq.
- Eli Clare, Author, Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
- Diane Coleman, Founder/President
Stephen Drake, Research Analyst
Not Dead Yet
- Richard Cusack
Also on behalf of Nancy Cusack, Joan Cusack, and John Cusack
- Justin Dart
Justice for All
- John Dear, S. J.
Fellowship of Reconciliation
- Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, Consultant
Disabled Women’s Health Policy and Programs
- Thomas Gilhool, Esq.
Judith Gran, Esq.
Barbara E. Ransom, Esq.
Max P. Lapertosa, Esq.
Lionel A. Dyson, Esq.
Marinda van Dalen, Esq.
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
- Lucy Gwin
Editor, Mouth Magazine, Freedom Clearinghouse
- Nat Hentoff
- Stanley S. Herr, Esq., Professor, University of Maryland School of Law
- John Hockenberry, Author, Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence
Mary Johnson, Editor, Ragged Edge: The Disability Experience in America
- Deborah Kaplan, Executive Director, World Institute on Disability
- Janine Bertram Kemp and Tom Olin
Disability Rights Center
- Paul Longmore, Ph.D., Professor of History, San Francisco State University
- Robert Ludwig, Director, University Ministry, DePaul University
- Janet Schenk McCord, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Peter Gathje, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Christian Brothers University
- Diane L. Murphy, Ph.D., Director, Women’s Studies, Syracuse University
- Tom Nerney
Self-Determination for Persons with Disabilities
- Robert Perske, Author, Circle of Friends, Unequal Justice, and Deadly Innocence
- Sr. Helen Prejean, Author, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States
- Eric Rosenthal, Esq.
Mental Disability Rights International
- Marta Russell, Author, Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract
- Kathleen Rumpf
- Martin Sheen
- Wesley J. Smith, Author, Final Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder
- Paul W. Spooner, President
National Council on Independent Living
- TASH—Disability Advocacy Worldwide
Steven J. Taylor, Ph.D., Professor and Director
Elizabeth Wallbridge, Chair, Advocacy Board
Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University
- World Association of Persons with Disabilities (WAPD)
For More Information:
- Letter of Protest to Alan Gleitsman on the Award to Jack Kevorkian
- “Death with Dignity” for People Who are Not Dying: The Gleitsman Foundation is Wrong that Kevorkian Stands for Social Justice
- Not Dead Yet, a national activist organization which opposes the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and places emphasis on the value of life.