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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Tennessee Action- Day Three

I am glad and sad that the action is over. We just had a final party and that ended about one hour ago. I danced some but not with Jenny, bah hambug! I made a few new friends and spent some money on sovieners. The nexrt action will be in DC in September. We get to see Bush again! Today we devided the group. Most went to the site of Tenncare (Tennessee long-term care program) and the local HUD office (when we finally pass MiCASSA where are people going to live?). I was one of about 20 folks who... Sign in to see full entry.

Action Report- Day Two!

I went on an action at the Governor's house in Tennesee yesterday (anyone seen coverage?). He kept staring down at us from his window. Like he was afraid of us disabled people. What did he think we were going to do, blow him up? He also said that we were PAID to be here in Nashville. I think he's crazy. I paid 1500 bucks to come. He's an idiot. About 60 folks got arrested, not me. I was in the bathroom, but everyone came back last night. I was really proud of Sparky, who doesn't talk much but... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

In Memoriam: Karen, Teresa, and Dorothy

I lost three amazing women from my life today. My friends Dorothy Carter of Denver, Teresa Monroe of Georgia, and Karen Greeboan of Texas have all gone home to God in recent months and I just found out today while reading the latest issue of Incitement Magazine thanks to of ADAPT. I don't know what I am going to do with the knowledge that I will never see my friends again, except of course in heaven. Each of these women has had a major effect on who I am as a person today. Each of them took care... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Disability and War...

So far according to the Northampton-based National Priorities Project. The war in Iraq has cost $247,191,869,001 as of 2:28 PM today. My own personal care assistance bill is $60,313.76 a year. I use more services than most people in the state, receiving 107 hours a week. My personal care assistants make good money at $10.84 per hour, about $2 more per hour than PCA’s in most of the country. The cost of war would pay for 4,098,484 years. That’s over 20 times the amount of American nursing home... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Can You Believe This?

There was a Chicago law repealed in 1974, that said in part: "No person who is diseased, maimed, mutilated or in any way deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object or improper person to be allowed in or on the public ways or other public places in this city, shall therein or thereon expose himself to public view, under a penalty of not less than one dollar nor more than fifty dollars for each offense." 1974… That’s just a little over 30 years ago and just two years before I was born.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Conversations...

As you all know I'm a pro-choice, but my good friend Laura and I had conversation about women's rights versus fetal rights today and I thought I'd post my thoughts for you. The basic question was should mothers who don't treat their premature babies, like really early, more than 3 months which would've been miscarried in earlier historical times? 1. Murder is a harsh charge, perhaps manslaughter would be more appropriate. If the infant can breathe on it's own it's own person with a right to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

In Memoriam: David Armendariz

My good friend and fellow disability rights activist David Armendariz went home to God today. The enormous, Latino, quadriplegic was bilingual and big-hearted. His battle with Greyhound Bus Lines was the stuff of disability rights folklore. You see Greyhound claimed that they didn’t need to provide lifts on their buses because their staff was capable of carrying anyone in a wheelchair up the stairs and simply store their wheelchair in the bus’s luggage area. Of course, several of us heavy folks... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Boycott Missouri!

Did you know that as of September 1 (according to this article which I was forwarded by a fellow disability rights activist), Missouri residents on Medicaid will no longer be eligible for "durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, hospital beds, catheters and enteral nutrition feeding tubes. The state will make exceptions for pregnant women, children, the blind and nursing homes residents.". According to Governor Matt Blutt estate can no longer afford these... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

What YEAR Is This?

As a disabled, feminist, reproductive justice activist, I’ve spent more than my share of hours in dusty libraries researching the dark history of sterilization abuse of people (especially women) with disabilities. I know all about the forced sterilization of Deaf (capital D intentional) people in Nazi Germany because the Deaf were considered fit to work (unlike the mentally disabled, physically disabled, or blind who were just exterminated), but not to reproduce. I know that pro-choice heroine... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 11, 2005

In Memoriam: Alfredo Juarez

Fellow wheelchair warrior Alfredo Juarez died today of liver cancer. Despite his becoming more and more ill over recent years, his passing shocked me. Just over 40 days ago, Fredo was busy blockading the exit to J.W. Marriot in a snowstorm as most of the Governors of the United States tried to escape the wrath of ADAPT and go to breakfast with the President. The Secret Police had to lift him (and his several hundred pound electric wheelchair) out of the way and he was nearly run over by speeding... Sign in to see full entry.

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