MEDIA ADVISORY(Mass) – Forum and Discussion of Ballot Question 2 at Boston Public Library Oct. 3, 2 pm to 4 pm with NDY CEO Diane Coleman

October 2, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Yvette Ollada



Boston Center for Independent Living and Second Thoughts Sponsor Forum on Question 2

Wednesday, October 3 at Boston Public Library

Who:  Boston Center for Independent Living & Second Thoughts – People with Disabilities Opposing Question 2

What: Forum and discussion of Ballot Question 2 featuring Diane Coleman – President and CEO of Not Dead Yet, a national grassroots disability rights organization opposing the legalization of assisted suicide. She founded Not Dead Yet in 1996 and served as Board Chair until becoming CEO in 2011. Ms. Coleman is a well-known writer and speaker on assisted suicide and euthanasia, and has appeared in national broadcasts on Washington Journal, Nightline, McLaughlin, The Rolanda Show, The Charles Grodin Show, CBS Up To the Minute, ABC World News Tonight, CNN (Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Headline News), The Catherine Crier Show,Court TV, CBS Evening News, MSNBC’s The Abrahms Report, Fox News The Neil Cavuto Show, Fox and Friends and National Public Radio, as well as local broadcast outlets in several states. She has presented invited testimony before Subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate four times (April 29, 1996, July 14, 1998, April 19, 2005 and May 25, 2006). From 2003 to 2008, she was a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago and co-taught graduate courses in disability and medical ethics. Ms. Coleman is a person with significant disabilities who has used a motorized wheelchair since the age of eleven.

When:  Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – 2pm to 4pm

Where: Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Mezzanine Level Conference Room


No On Question 2 is a diverse coalition of disability rights organizations, doctors, nurses, community leaders, faith based groups and patient rights advocates.