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May. 3rd, 2012

Iran Uprising


42 pages of awesome (plus cover)

Images by basiL, billie rain, Jessie, Leslie Balch & Sasha Smithy, Amy @ amycakes.blogspot.com, & Sadie Sicko


Helium by Kristin Allen-Zito

Art Viewing by Jessie

Untitled by Trouble


Spoon Theory by Christine Miseradino

Handicap Nazi by Christy Leigh Stewart

Applying for Disability by Trouble

No pause, no break, no end by Meeresbande

Disability in the Movement: Including the Invisible by Comrade Canary

Acquiring a Service Dog in the USA by Morgan at unheardofsongs.tumblr.com

It's Not You, It's Them by Michele Kaplan

A Dog with PTSD saves an owner with PTSD by Burrow

Making Spaces Accessible to People with Invisible Disabilities collected and edited by Burrow

Look for it at your local info shop (now becomes that very tricky trying to stretch my disability cheque so that I can print off and post at least 1 per info shop in N. America to see if they want to order them or not)

$3 all inclusive (printing, buying postage & mailing packets)

Email dontdismyability AT riseup DOT net

LARGE PRINT FORMAT (i.e. FULL SHEET ENLARGED TEXT) AVAILABLE.  Please let me know what font size you would like.

please signal boost!  Our voices NEED TO BE HEARD

Apr. 19th, 2012

queen o'wands

Need help: ROUGH DRAFT Making spaces accessible to people with invisible disabilities

While others have covered making spaces accessible to people with physical disabilities, I want to tackle the invisible ones. Many people in our society live with invisible disabilities. In the US alone it is estimated that 10% of people are living with an invisible disability and 96% of people with a chronic illness are living with a disability. This means that more then likely you know someone who has one.

Examples are, but are not limited to:


Anxiety disorders


Asperger Syndrome


Bipolar disorder

Brain injuries

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic pain

Circadian rhythm sleep disorders

Coeliac Disease

Crohn's disease




Major depression

Metabolic syndrome

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity


Personality disorders

Primary immunodeficiency

Psychiatric disabilities

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Rheumatoid arthritis



Sjögren's syndrome

Temporomandibular joint disorder

Transverse Myelitis

Ulcerative Colitis.


Let’s start with the easy stuff:

Have seating available. I have been to so many activist meetings that have “floor only” seating and on a “first come first served” basis. Have chairs available, and a variety from hard surfaces to cushy ones and make sure people know that they’re not “first come first served,” but that they are reserved for people who need them. People with chronic pain may need a cushy chair and people with other conditions may need a hard backed chair or else they may not be able to get back up again. Sitting on the ground and being able to stand back up is a luxury, never forget that.

Watch your words. Describing things as “schizo,” “psycho,” or “bipolar” are not cool (for example, there are a ton of words you can use that slur the disabled but they are too many to mention – if you think it can offend DON’T USE IT). I just heard someone describe the weather we were having as “bipolar.” DO NOT DO THAT. That is screwed up beyond belief and reinforces the stigma against people with mental health issues. Do not refer to anyone as a “crip” or a “gimp” even if they do themselves and definitely don’t use that to describe them to anyone else.

Don’t ask stupid questions. This kind of goes hand in hand with the above, but ffs DO NOT ask someone personal questions about their disability. If someone wants to share their life they will, but DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DO THE FOLLOWING AND CALL PEOPLE OUT WHO SAY THIS:

- ask someone how they “got” their illness

- tell someone with a mental health disability that they can “snap out of it”

- ask people if they’ve tried X remedy instead of medications

- ask anyone with PTSD what their traumatic experience(s) was (were)

- at any point talk to them in a patronizing manner

- act like you are an expert at their disability b/c you read up on it

- DO NOT ASK US PERSONAL QUESTIONS. WE ARE NOT PUBLIC PROPERTY. NOTHING makes this OK. Not “If you don’t mind me asking,” etc.


Be aware of touching. You may think that tapping someone on the shoulder from behind to get their attention is A-OK, but trust me it can make someone jump out of their skin (I’m guilty of this too). I’ve found that a lot of people in the activist community are survivors of one sort or another and have PTSD. One of the things a lot of survivors don’t like is being snuck up on or touched by random people. I made the mistake of touching a friend of mine on the shoulder once to get her attention and she nearly jumped across the kitchen. I wasn’t threatening her, I wasn’t a stranger, but I took her by surprise and I touched her in a way that she was uncomfortable with (tapping her on the shoulder from behind). Since people don’t always know what will set them off, and are not always vocal about their conditions it is best not to touch people you don’t know, even if you think it is something innocuous like tapping them to get their attention. Just don’t do it. It’ll make everyone more comfortable. Take it like you’d take sex. ASK PERMISSION.

Mar. 13th, 2012



If you have a twitter account please go to #ididnotreport. There is also a sister hashtag #ididreport that kind of explains why there are so many stories on #ididnotreport. I have to say there is a strong TRIGGER WARNING for sexual assault, harassment, abuse and domestic violence. These are women giving reasons why they did not report their assaults. It can be overwhelming and devastating. I, myself, have given over 25 #ididnotreports. It's both cathartic and depressing for me how easily it flows from me.

People are also keeping an archive of it here for those of you without a twitter account. It hasn't been updated tonight, but I'm sure they'll get on that when they awaken.

Mar. 2nd, 2012

Iran Uprising

Writer's Block: Spring Cleaning

What do you really need to get rid of?

My houseguest.

Feb. 24th, 2012



I put a deposit down on a tattoo of a blue canary on an outlet for my back. But I'm less then impressed with the drawing.  I mean he didn't even listen to the song!  I paid $50 non-refundable dollars and he didn't take 3 minutes to listen to a song? GRRRRRRRRRRR  I knew I should have kept looking, but he did such a nice job with my IPU and Ohm and he got so excited by my idea.  I just don't know how to tell him to fix this one:

[b]EDIT:[/b] Gonna call tomorrow b/c I have a new idea: Have the canary crawling out of the outlet! In my head it looks wicked cool and Ryan is an awesome artist so I think he can pull it off!

Feb. 23rd, 2012

Iran Uprising

Zine callout! (dis)Abilities and Activism!

I am doing a callout for submissions! DUE APRIL 15TH! PUBLICATION MAY 1ST!

I am putting together a print-zine about (dis)Abilities and the activist community. Your post can be about anything related to that topic, whether it has to do with your identity as an Activist with a (dis)Ability or difficulties fitting into your chosen activist scene (e.g. Earth First!) as an Activist with a (dis)Ability.

Possible topics:
Did you come to activism through your (dis)Ability?
Does your (dis)Ability make it harder for you to be taken seriously by people in your community?
Do you feel you have to teach people what life is like in your shoes?
Do you feel that you are by default a (dis)Ability Rights activist?

From the peanut gallery:
What are ways that people can make spaces more accessible to people with (dis)Abilities?
How can we make spaces accessible to both invisible and visible disabilities at the same time?
What are the different accommodations needed for different (dis)Abilities?
How do we handle Service Dogs?

Nitty gritty: DUE APRIL 15th, Publication May 1st. All people who get published will get a copy or two free! Proceeds will go to a (to be voted on) (dis)Ability Right's Activist group! Send me your pictures, essays, poetry, 1st hand accounts, critical analyses, etc BY APRIL 15th! I want this out on MAY DAY!

email: dont dis my ability AT riseup DOT net

Street life

Listening to a woman crying and screaming into the phone at her boyfriend who has apparently broken up with her. "I don't even need to listen to country it hurts so much...."

Oy vey. She probably doesn't want to hear my opinion that she's better off without him.

Feb. 21st, 2012


This makes me happy.

I wrote a long time ago about my entry into Physics/Math from women's studies. (Read all about it here)

It Begins: I need to preface this with stating that I have been to a plethora of colleges, the majority of which were art and design schools with one liberal arts school before I came to my current university. I was admitted to the hippie college because I wanted to create a concentration in Media, Women's, and Labour studies, which was my life for the years that passed between colleges. I had no idea I would throw off my intended concentration for mathematics, but one person made me dream of a future filled with equations.

It inspired a post by Zuska (an engineer), after it showed up in Scientiae, a blog carnival for women scientists.
Is Women's Studies Good for Science?

This is indeed a wonderful tale to read. What is heartening to me here is to see women's studies acting in concert with support for women in science - not just focusing on theoretical critiques of science and engineering, but actually aiding in the mentoring of a woman into science. When I was a graduate student at Duke University, women's studies played a vital role in helping me finish my PhD. The director, Jean O'Barr, and the members of my women's studies reading group all encouraged me. They advised me how to deal with the knucklehead professor in my department who was on a vendetta to drive out all the women; consoled me after a grueling 4.5 hour preliminary exam; and just provided a general network of support.
How discouraging, then, how depressing, to receive the latest newsletter from women's studies at Duke, and read the tale of not one, but FOUR women who talk of leaving science to major in women's studies!

To make matters worse, we hear the following from one of the students:
After my first class, I knew that Women's Studies was about more than just the history of women, which common perceptions indicate; it is rich and bursting with theoretical questions, with competing analyses about society, with vibrant accounts of identity. Unlike engineering, where I only used my mathematical, scientific side, Women's Studies gives me the opportunity to think both abstractly and concretely, with one foot in an academic discussion and one in the realities of everyday life.

Now I use all of my brain all of the time. I even was talked into going into Physics by combining women's studies AND physics. Behold:
Nancy Swanson (my prof) and I had many discussions about me going into a scientific field; I was still concerned about leaving a possible career in women's studies for one in science, she told me about how I could work for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and work to enact policies that ensure that girls and women were getting the same access to mathematics and science that boys and men have, and ones that could encourage girls to go into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She talked to me about ways in which I could incorporate my work in feminism with science.

And today I am first author on a paper that is about to be resubmitted (with the minor revisions finished) that is all about closing the gender gap in introductory physics using practices called "Wise Schooling" in the field of Educational Psychology. I can't talk about it much now, but after the paper gets published will I be talking about it then! You Betcha! (Also we're doing a workshop on it at this summer's American Association of Physics Teachers Conference in Philly, PA so WHEEEEEEEEEE!)

Mar. 18th, 2010

Iran Uprising

SXSW update (and Wednesday schedule)

SO I haven't posted in awhile and I will try to post more, but right now I have to tell you what I am doing tomorrow.

I am at the SXSW music festival, which is all sorts of awesome. Today was Day 1 and I already have CDs (for the radio station) from Zeus, DD/MM/YYYY, and a sampler from Six Shooter Records that includes Luke Doucet, The Beauties, and Justin Rutledge. (I got my own Justin Rutledge CD too.)

Tonight I saw The Beauties, Justin Rutledge, Ozomatli, who got their mics cut off for going too long and didn't let that stop them, instead they picked up instruments and marched into the audience and continued to play, SUZANNE VEGA, who made my night, and Billy Bragg for about 20 minutes because of the long ass queue. He's playing a show at 1800 on Friday that I will be at, because other then being stuck unable to see him I was so high from Suzanne Vega I couldn't fully appreciate the show.

1100: SMOKEY FUCKING ROBINSON is a keynote speaker. Hell yeah I will be there
1200: The Walkmen
1420: Delhi 2 Dublin
1630: Plants and Animals - Canuck band whose manager I talked to the other day.
1730-1900: "Industry party" with free booze. Hope to meet up with my friend Kryshan. (dinner at some point)
1930: The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! (Purchase, NY): know nothing about the band other then the name rocks
2030: Dan Mangan
2130: last half hour of James Intveld (Nashville, TN)
22:30: The Drive-By Truckers (Athens, GA)
11:30: Cassette Kids (Darlinghurst NSW) again know nothing about this band, but like the name
0010: La Melodia (Amsterdam) Talked to one of the artists - hip hop, we got into a rant about how mainstream hip hop sucks and has strayed away from the true meaning of hip hop. I think I'll like them.
0100: You Say Party! We Say Die! (Abbotsford, BC)
0240: catch night bus home.
0315 (appx): fall over.

Dec. 20th, 2009

Iran Uprising

Tentative Chicago Plans

Well...Monday I am driving up to Chicago and will be there for a week. It will include many thrift store visits (most my pants are about 2-3 sizes too big), and coffeeshop occupations.

If I get in early enough there will be swing dancing at Fizz Monday night.

Open daytime, let me know if you want to hang out. This may be the day for coffeshoping, thrift store hopping, and snow frolicking.

1800: Local artist holiday bazaar and sale at The Hideout

Open daytime, see Tuesday for possible plans if none appear.

2100: In One Ear poetry reading at The Heartland

Thursday/Xmas Eve:
Annual trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (free admission Xmas Eve!) with my dad and then dinner with my grandma and uncle (dad's side).


Around noonish: meet with old and dear friend Mencheam, who I haven;'t seen in FOREVER for lunch and shenanigans. Ending early, b/c he is a Rabbi and it is the Sabbath. This may possibly be the time for Chinese food. I need my Chinatown fix.

Evening at Clare's house?

No solid plans, but hoping for a very Jewish Xmas (no family plans) which, for those of you who don't know what a Jewish Xmas is, will include Chinese food and a movie and possibly some ice skating in Millennium Park.

Saturday/Boxing Day:
Morning/afternoon with the millions of Sicilian relatives in the States.

Saturday evening at Brookfield Zoo for Zoo Lights.

23:30: late night dance party at The Hideout (one of my favourite clubs) with Life During Wartime, which is always a hoot.

Hanging out with my good friend Clare and there will definitely be ice skating. (Last year we took an unbelieving Bree ice skating in the rain - hell we're from Chicago - weather will not stop us!)

All I know is that pizza (which will probably happen with Clare), Thai food, and Ethiopian food must happen.

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