this past weekend, i ruined my hair. i now have this big blonde patchy layer on the side of my head. just gonna rock it since it costs too much to get professionally fixed…
but enough of my hair. there was a reason i brought it up. i wanted to tell you about something my mom said when she walked in and witnessed the tragedy which is my head:
“cripchick-yah!! just cause you’re in a chair doesn’t mean you have to be radical about everything!!”
she thought i did my hair like this on purpose? and she associates wheelchair users with militancy? wow. folks, like the ADAPT activists in DC this week, really ARE redefining disability.
the divine ms jimmi says:
When people with disabilities take to the streets and say that the system is broken, we don’t want to live in your shitty institutions because the sight of us bothers you or that we want our rights along with choices that the mainstream public takes advantage of everyday–suddenly, we’re not so cute and inspirational.
People with disabilities want to live in the real world with everyone else. We want our chances to live and work and have families. We hate your institutions, your “special schools” your “special olympics” and your crappy segregated institutional housing choices.
all i can say is yes. yes yes yes yes
whether you represent the community by
taking a sledgehammer to an inaccessible curbcut
helping someone navigate medicaid spend downs, pass accounts, etc
talking about SEX
writing your heart out
setting up a tent city on HUD’s front porch
advocating for services in school
saying NO! we do not think this is okay & will not let it happen
working on the Hill (the ADA Amendments Act passed this week!)
bringing it all together under one roof [intersectionality]
organizing a disability pride parade
applying cross-disability theory to a whole new movement
hosting disability culture events
recording the history of collective struggle
planting and growing seeds for the future
fighting so people can have those basic services in your community
challenging the mainstream media
connecting people together using the tools in your hands,
i am so proud of you today. so so proud of my community today. lead on.
love to you all,