STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY FOR BLACK LIVES FROM DISABILITY JUSTICE COMMUNITY

please read, sign and share.

“We pledge to combine strengths with organizers of actions for increased accessibility of actions. We pledge to support the Black Lives Matter movement until the walls of prisons, jails and detention centers crumble, until not one more Black person is killed in the streets. And we pledge to center disabled BIPOC leadership in our work now more than ever. We call on non-Black disabled people and allies to show up physically or digitally. Protest by using your dollars. Protest by using your strengths. Focus on healing and care for Black people during, and beyond, this time of pain and grief. Redistribute your resources and build mutual aid, and again, time counts as a resource, too.”

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social distancing simulations

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So much of the broad response to calls for social distancing due to Covid-19 is reminding me (just on a mass scale) of disability simulations where people do something for a short time (like use a wheelchair, cover their eyes, etc) to better “understand what it’s like” to be a wheelchair user or have low vision etc —> and then think they know what it’s like to live with it all the time —> and then often proceed to tell those of us who are already deeply in-the-know what it’s like, or that -while it was supes weird or disorienting!- it’s not so bad and we’ll all get back to ‘normal’ soon, as they go about their usual lives. Please don’t do that.

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Shut down the Weaponizing of Disability Against Wet’suwet’en Land Defence

🔥🖤 #NotMyAlliance is doing all the right things right now. i don’t have a twitter account (and am not gonna get one) so can’t comment directly, but seeing so many disabled folks shut this shit down is really heartening.
 
To me, we *can* talk about how things are impacted. We actually *can* have conversations and brainstorms about how to deal with the tangible things that happen –like what does it mean to have to sit in traffic for an hour or two instead of 5 minutes when you have crohn’s and will *literally* burst if you can’t get to a bathroom; or how to deal with missing a life-saving specialist appointment you’ve waited a year to get because you had to go some wild circuitous route or because transit is completely shut down. Those are tangible things that impact people like me (and impact disabled Indigenous folks even more), and we can talk about that. Also, as many disabled folks will tell you, we have a shit ton of experience navigating inaccessible, unpredictable stuff, and it’s good for us to share knowledge with each other. Often, it’s the only thing keeping us alive.
 
i don’t think it helps anyone to pretend that stuff doesn’t matter or isn’t important somehow, or that we can simply put it aside. We have to be able to talk about it. We contain all of those realities *and* all the knowledge gained from it.
 
BUT/AND IF WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT IT, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO BE STRATEGIC AND MINDFUL ABOUT HOW AND WHERE WE TALK ABOUT IT.
 
These shitty things can happen ANY time, but surely we know that disabled experiences are being weaponized against Indigenous folks, including disabled Indigenous folks, in order to shut down this resistance. We know this.
 
People who never gave a shit about us, are not part of solution-finding, and are usually whinging about what “drains-on-society” we are will happily use their concern trolling of us to prop up their anti-Indigenous bullshit, which reinforces ableist bullshit, which reenforces anti-Indigenous bullshit, and so on and on. We need to be shutting this shit down.
 
And when disability organizations say stuff like the Disability Alliance said recently, without anything beyond that, without any context, without making any connections or even basic acknowledgements of what’s actually going on and why people are putting up so much resistance, and what a lot of disabled folks are saying about it, how we are active participants in that resistance as well, they perpetuate dangerous paternalistic stereotypes about disabled folks broadly, both erase *and* vilify disabled Indigenous folks, and maintain a violent status quo that serves industry and colonialism.
 
And as has been shown real clearly, we are NOT FUCKING HERE FOR THAT. 🖤🔥

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#WETSUWETENSTRONG #ALLEYESONWETSUWETEN #ACAB #SHUTDOWNCANADA #LANDBACK
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Again with the VQFF

One of the hard things about the ongoing boycott of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival due to its unwillingness to deal with the PACBI, is the intense silence around it by those who choose to participate in it directly. From the festival organization itself, to film makers, to workshop presenters, there is silence. People who participate and say nothing about it when i know for a fact you are well aware of it (some of whom may have even participated in the boycott previously albeit briefly), don’t mention there even *is* an ongoing boycott, don’t mention it in their beaming posts about the festival, or program, or in the write-ups for their films and events in it, etc.; but do talk about the representation, the community, the “new queer territories” these films will apparently transport you to [which is interesting(?) ironic(?) language]. Look, i get it. There are all kinds of reasons for participating. But if you are participating in the VQFF, the very least you can do is be honest about what you’re putting aside to do so. You can’t not-know what you know.
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i invite you to “See For Yourself” (that’s apparently this year’s theme), to “give yourself over” to the reality of what this ongoing silence actually does.

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the perils/joys of being constantly unpredictable

It can be really hard sometimes living in a constantly unpredictable disabled body. i feel like i can’t be depended on in so many ways because some random shit will go down (ulcer! crohn’s flare! internal bleeding! spasms! random mystery sickness! sciatica! chem exposure! etc!) on top of my other usual gimpy stuff, and i’ll have to readjust/ cancel/ drop out/ etc.

And yet… oftentimes living in a constantly unpredictable disabled body has also forced me to adapt, to acknowledge and work with change, to come up with new ideas in a way i wouldn’t have otherwise, to not get so attached to one thing or one way.

i don’t know if things ever “even out” or whatever (and i’m challenging myself around allowing that unattainable ableist demand to completely wreck me), but i keep telling myself it’s ok when it doesn’t, maybe it’s even just as good, maybe it’s better, maybe it’s just something else altogether. Finding other people who are ok with it too isn’t easy, but when i do, i know i’m finding my people.

 

 

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