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Rudy Owens Leave a comment Rudy Owens in Michigan in Junepromoting adoptee rights and his new book on the American adoption experience. I just spent four days in my birth state, Michigan, to raise awareness about the lack of equal rights for literally thousands of Michigan-born adoptees.
I timed my trip right after the release of my newly published memoir on my adoption experience and examination of the system as a public health, legal, and political issue. In addition to speaking to some lawmakers, many more staff, and Michigan media, I returned to the spot where I was born a child to an unwed mother and then placed into the adoption system.
For me that had special significance. Catch the media coverage generated by my visit here: Measuring Success or the Lack of it: I cannot claim any clear victories from my outreach and interviews. Therefore, I chose to advocate mostly with Democratic lawmakers and their staff, though I did reach out to some Republican senators and representatives, including the office of Senate Majority Leader, Sen.
Arlan Meekhoff, who I learned from legislative staff is an adult adoptee. I made the rounds and visited in person every office of all Democratic representatives and senators, and GOP members in both houses.
Before I had arrived in Lansing on Tuesday, June 5,I emailed every lawmaker a link to my website for my book on my experience as a Michigan adoptee who was denied his identity and records for decades.
Some of the staff had read my email and were ready to speak with me.
The family members of the two staffers had been denied their identity documents or records because of their status their whole lives. They had both passed away, and in one case, an adoption agency had refused to provide even the required legal non-identifying information documents to the surviving spouse of the adoptee.
I had a productive exchange with Detroit state Rep. Bettie Cook Scott in her office. She expressed reservations about releasing information to adoptees to protect the privacy of the mother.
I explained to her that no birth mother was ever given any legal promise of confidentiality when they relinquished their kin, often in very stressful circumstances in the decades after WWII.
I also reaffirmed my firm view that all adults should, as a matter of law, be treated equally by law. Despite our differences, she saw me in rotunda area of the Capitol and asked me to request that I be recognized by her on the floor of the House of Representatives.
I filled out the recognition form. After receiving permission from the Speaker of the House, she asked the House to recognize me as a Detroit adoptee who had flown out from Oregon to advocate for adoptee rights as human rights.
She speaker asked me to rise, and I got a warm applause from lawmakers and the other visitors. Conversation Cafe in Lansing to promote adoptee rights.
This involved setting up a small table with a chair and having message signs. My two signs said: Detroit Native, Bastard, Adoptee. Most of the passers-by were lobbyists talking on their phones, long oblivious to any political stunt and protester they have seen over the years in Lansing.The #1 best way to create a tagline for your business is to describe what you do in the shortest space possible.
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