taking some more time off

i’ve been taking it much easier on the conducting-audits front the past year+, and while i miss doing it, it’s actually really helped me take on some other things, including taking better care of myself, reducing stress, offering more energy to take care of my heart and body through some very rough stuff. i really like the space it’s opened up, and need more of that, so am going to expand that to say i won’t personally be performing any audits at all -including data entry, mapping, or other bits and pieces- in 2017. That’s a good goal for me, and an attainable one. What it means is that i’d love if more people took on doing audits on your own, including all the data entry and drawings and really thinking about it beyond a simple list of things to check off and be done with. If you perform an audit, i’d love if you sent me the link to it so i can add it to the website.

Well, we’ll see how this goes. i think my heart and guts and bones will thank me <3

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Ableism isn’t simply a *result* of capitalism, or even just bound up in capitalism. i believe they are one and the same. i often struggle with screwed up messages about productivity and worth, even things like continuing to do access audits, creating captions for films/videos, or trying to regularly maintain this blog or the facebook page for Radical Access Mapping Project, etc. What happens to me when i can’t do those things anymore at all? i’ve already had to cut back hugely on auditing and captioning, and already feel the tangible impacts of it. When we’re not producing something that’s seen as being of any (even temporary) value in a world that continually devalues and ignores disabled lives, if we can’t produce something that can be crow-barred into the range of acceptably “productive” things, if it & we can’t be itemized, listed, named, shown, PROVEN… what happens to us? If ableism and the system of valuing/devaluing supposed productivity or lack thereof is to end, capitalism has got to go too.
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Here’s an excellent article by Gillian Giles on The Body Is Not An Apology talking about experiences with ableism and racism:

https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/you-are-more-than-what-you-do-dismantling-ideas-of-productivity-in-life-purpose/

“Combinations of my blackness and lack of productivity caused by disability resulted in teachers and peers marking me as lazy, or a problem; one teacher going so far as to advise me to copy the student beside me, just so I could keep up with the pace and production of the class. Isolation and shame resulted out of these experiences.”

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“Can Broken Be Whole?”

i’m sharing this beautiful conversation titled “Can Broken Be Whole?” between a dear friend and another sick and disabled queer femme. Thank you so much to Jennie Duguay and Kara Taylor for this important work <3

“…Through writing to each other we co-conspire to reveal the truths that exist within our experiences: to dismantle ableism. As we support each other to find and share our stories in an inherently ableist society we recognize that this act, in itself, is an act of love….”
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SFPIRG Statement on the VQFF 2016 and Pinkwashing

Here is an update from SFPIRG (simon fraser public interest group) regarding the Vancouver Queer Film Fest’s (VQFF) continued failure to accept a resolution on the Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). The Radical Access Mapping Project continues to support the ongoing boycott of the VQFF until this changes.

http://www.sfpirg.ca/news/sfpirg-statement-on-the-vqff-2016-and-pinkwashing/

 

SFPIRG Statement on the VQFF 2016 and Pinkwashing:

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On distinguishing the individual from the system, removing policing from Pride.

Sharing this again, with some thoughts…

blacklivesmatter handpainted sign

Image: dark skinned hands hold up a white sign with thick painted black lettering “BLACK LIVES MATTER”

One of the many things i appreciate about the Black Lives Matter -Vancouver BC open letter to the vancouver pride society and the vancouver police department (specifically thinking about the distinction they make re: individual cops marching in the parade out of uniform vs the cop-float and military presence etc) is that it explicitly recognizes what so many folks either can’t or won’t: that policing is a SYSTEM. That recognizes it’s not about individuals who just happen to be cops like some people just happen to be plumbers and so “what gives you the right to “discriminate” against them?” and “by demanding they not march in the parade aren’t you doing the exact same thing that you claim they’re doing to you??” [pro-tip: no]. That recognizes that yes, like any job there may be individual cops (etc) who aren’t power-hungry abusive asshats while at home bathing their dogs/ watering the plants/ wearing matching pajamas watching a movie with their dear old auntie; but that as *cops* they are an armed and integral part of a violent colonial state system that goes well beyond the individual, that is and always has been seriously messed up, and which is not capable of reform[*].
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That explicit recognition is important. No, not as a way to say “not all cops!”, but as a means to better understand the roles policing plays in our lives whether we want it or not, whether it’s positive or negative or both, the ways it’s woven into our every day experience, the ways we absolutely *must* listen to and take leadership from those folks who are hit the hardest by it, and the incredible amount of work it takes to undo that tangled mess.
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[*Full disclosure: i personally don’t want cops anywhere, ever, uniformed or not; i want policing (etc) as a system and the state it rode in on to be dismantled and burned to the ground.]
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SUPPORT BLACK LIVES MATTER

The Radical Access Mapping Project unequivocally stands behind Black Lives Matter, including the local chapter here in “Vancouver”.
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Accessibility doesn’t mean shit when anti-Black racism means folks can’t get through that beautifully ramped doorway; all the scent-reduced, low cost, non-wifi, fat friendly, captioned, gender neutral, interpreted, etc intention in the world doesn’t make a space, an event, a community, a city, accessible when anti-Black racism shuts out, criminalizes, scapegoats, shames, blames, mocks and violates people when they say that their lives matter.
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It happens time and again, but the realities of Black disabled folks in this city must not be treated as somehow outside of disability activism and community here, as somehow “dividing” or “co-opting” or “hijacking” disability issues by talking about and taking action against racism. There isn’t some line at which “disabled” ends and “Black” begins.
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The Radical Access Mapping Project supports the actions and demands of Black Lives Matter chapters across the country (including but not limited to the actions taken by Black Lives Matter – Toronto regarding this year’s Pride Parade  and beyond); the local chapter here in “Vancouver” in the face of ongoing and increasing racist hostility from within and beyond queer communities; and chapters across and beyond Turtle Island.
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So much respect for the incredible work of Black Lives Matter begun and continued by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in “response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements”.

i’d encourage fellow disabled and queer non-Black folks to listen, read, watch, be quiet, give space, offer financial and other tangible supports, check ourselves, make the connections, and to remember that none of the stuff done to increase disabled access, to counter ableism structural and otherwise, means shit if at the end of the day we do the racist work of the state for it.
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#blacklivesmatter  #blacklivesmattervancouver
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https://www.facebook.com/blacklivesmattervancouver/
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https://blacklivesmattervancouver.com/
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Note: this is NOT up for debate here, for alternate “opinions”, or commentary about who else matters. Don’t do it here, or find yourself and your commentary blocked.
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