Let’s get this out of the way: if you are going, I think that’s awesome. I think it’s very important to demonstrate in a multitude of ways what you want from your government, and protests are a completely valid way to do so (not that you needed me to validate you!) However, I’m choosing to sit this one out.
Category Archives: Anti-ableism
Last week I was home most of the time (I took a trip to the library on Saturday) so I had a break from commuting and dealing with strangers. This week I have been back at the office. There are some things I’ve noticed that I want to discuss. (I’ll probably have a post about the terrorist attack in SC up in a few days, too, though I don’t know if I have anything new to add to the discussion. It may just be a collection of quotes and links.) It’s taken me a little while to put my feelings about these things into words.
My friend Carly talks about invisible illness and getting hassled for using the parking spaces she has every right to use:
I’m a big fan of Henry Rollins. Growing up, thanks to an older brother who felt a duty to expose me to things other than radio pop, I listened to his music, his spoken word albums, and delighted when I saw him acting as well. I also had a wicked crush on him in junior high. He is someone I generally like. He wrote a blog post for LA Weekly about suicide that I want to respond to, and it seems more useful to do so here than to try to contact him directly or respond at the link.
You can go ahead and read it if you want (I don’t begrudge him or LA Weekly the hits) but I’ll be excerpting bits if you don’t feel up to it or don’t want to be exposed to more of his opinion than you must. I go back and forth between talking about him and to him, sorry, while I wrote I was just going with how it best felt to present each response. Continue reading
I’m working on creating a website listing tolerance/civil/human rights resources (currently focused on race but to be expanded to QUILTBAG, feminism, children’s rights, and physical and mental illness support organizations) in multiple levels: local, state/province, national, and international. People want to help, but they don’t know how. People need help, but don’t know where to get it. I want to make a site that will make it easy for them to find what they need. But, particularly for local organizations, I need your help! Comment here, email me, reblog, retweet, share on facebook, email this post to your friends and family. Let me know about organizations I should check out for this project. There’s a list of the ones I’ve already found/been told about here.
Before I get into my thang, a little State of the Ankle update: I’ve been driving all week, but just to/from work. I’m pretty sure the pain is muscle related (this morning in the car, the top of my foot was where it hurt, so I don’t think it’s a bone/setting issue.) The pain was just sort of mild aching all the time, this morning it hurt more during the drive. Not significant pain amounts (if the achiness was a 2 on the 1-10 scale, the pain when I was using my ankle was a 3) but noticeable. I have also been swelling more. (the swelling never went all the way away but it was stable/fairly minor-ish) So I’ve been icing it a lot more, and if the pain increases from the mild aching I will tylenol. Otherwise, no problem.
Okay! Here we go. Things I have learned about people in my two-plus months of mobility impairment. Continue reading