Another day ending in y where I tackle ableism. Plus, my perspective as a Housebound #disabledWOC on the latest round of ‘Hashtag Activism” bashing.
When not being summarily ignored and erased, WOC on Twitter discussing Depression and other forms of Neurodiversity and Disabilities are routinely shamed for not being the “strong” women we are stereotyped as by WP and other POC. *ANGER AS AN INDICATOR OF DISTRESS* is never considered.
So I did along with other related issues including racism in disability activism.
- “Will current blood quantum membership requirements make American Indians extinct?” – The National Museum of the American Indian
- “We Are Still Here” [PDF] – John R. Norwood, Nanticoke & Lenape Confederation
- “Status Indians, & ” – Storify by me as @NanticokeNDN
- “Blood Quantum: A Relic Of Racism And Termination” – Jack D. Forbes
- “Blood Quantum Does Not Determine Identity” Petition
- The Use of
#BloodQuantum – Room for Debate – nytimes.com
- Black NDNs – Tumblr
- “Revisiting Love in the Time of Blood Quantum” – Native Appropriations
- “Measuring Blood: The American Indian Blood Quantum” – nativelanguages.org
- Blood Quantum Earrings – Kristen Dorsey Designs
- “Blood Quantum Laws” – Wikipedia entry
- “Blood Quantum: A Ticking Time Bomb“ – littlewolf.us
- “What is a Blood Quantum Nazi” – authormiafisher.blogspot.co.uk
- Caitlin Fagan Reading Response #3 (intro2ces101.wordpress.com)
written July 14th 2013
Last week the Disability Intergroup* of the European Parliament met for the launch of a new report on Women and Disability prepared by rapporteur Angelika Werthmann (MEP). In her introductory speech Ms Werthmann explained the initiative had sprung from a (non-disabled) women’s group concerned to further include disabled women in their focus, but that for her (and many in the womens group), disability was an entirely new subject so preparing the report had been a learning curve. Personally I felt a bit wary of what she might say initially, but then before she expanded her presentation she made a specific invitation to Intergroup members and attendees to consider sending her further amendments which would be factored in the final publication.
Her report highlights the specific barriers to full participation and inclusion in society faced by disabled women, and was warmly welcomed by all attending…
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We set off in the morning with the IWRAW group by bus to the UN Palais de Nations. We were unable to go in with the others however because apparently we were not registered inspite of having the emails which said we should be. however we were not the only ones, Elizabeth Sclater, of the older women’s delegation was also in the same boat.
When we got our badges we went in and was in time to join the young people, Big Voices group to do the building tour. There were some impressive rooms.
More importantly we joined the others for lunch to discuss final details for the oral presentations. We had about 10 mins in all for UK, and presentations were to be given by England, Scotland and N Ireland, Wales was not able to come. We were also given information about who was in the CEDAW panel and…
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Today we met up with Charlotte in the IWRAW training on how to approach the UN systems – how best to lobby.
After which we had a meeting on how to make our oral presentation to the CEDAW committee. Given we only have one hour for 4 countries, 10 mins for the whole of the UK (if we understood it right) we need to be very precise.
We reconvened at dinner time with the other UK working group members to agree on a single joint statement and strategy for the very tight schedule. The priority areas we all agree on are the intersectional aspects of the erosion of women’s rights and access to justice.
“No ability to exhaust domestic law renders CEDAW meaningless” Cris McCurley from NE Women Network
The Sisters of Frida
” It is essential that disabled women are represented in processes like CEDAW reporting as too often our experience as disabled women is invisible, this is an opportunity to change this and show how the cuts and legal changes are affecting us”
– says Zara Todd, Sisters of Frida steering group member.
For the first time, disabled women (Sisters of Frida) will take part with other women’s groups from the UK in Geneva to address the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) so as to highlight the problems impacting on women’s equality in the UK and what our Government must be examined on, and held to account over, by the UN. This is a unique opportunity for women to raise the key issues they are facing with the UN and the eyes of the world will be on the UK and their progress on women.
Jason Arnopp @JasonArnopp (Author, scriptwriter. Doctor Who, Sarah Jane, Friday 13th) is working on a book regarding professional (Fiction) writers and Depression. He asked me to contribute. This is what I had to say…
On Writing & Depression: Creative Down-swings
A well-meaning new-found long-lost relative decided to comment on my NaNoWriMo 2011 Facebook entry referring to my struggles to participate because of Major Depression: “truth is I’m strategic…” she wrote. “…the goal is achievable you have to trust yourself to make it happen.” Her sentiments are typical of the simple-minded inspiration porn that I am forced to put up with routinely. My response is always that I do what I can, when I can, but unfortunately more often than not it means struggling immensely to do not very much at all. I give myself pep talks and formulate strategies to try and be productive to no avail.
The greatest irony for me as a writer living with Depression has always been that I get my best ideas and am the most prolific when in a severe down-swing. I find that writing fiction, even Harry Potter fan fiction, is therapeutic in a way that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has never been for me. I even managed to put this into one of my stories with a fan fiction-writing protagonist who proposed that “sometimes fiction serves a purpose in enabling people to live out their fantasies, purge their own demons or perhaps set a standard for themselves. It was only when people confused fantasy with reality that there was a problem.”Self-insertion? I won’t deny it. I’ve learned an awful lot about myself and my illness through writing and making use of my own lived experience (especially post-diagnosis in 2009). This in turn informs others including those who live with it – something still sorely needed to combat the stigma of mental illness. I would also agree that I lose myself in the gloriousness of creation process. This is even more pronounced during manic cycles of insomnia. Perhaps that’s why I have so many epic tales that remain unfinished after starting them nearly a decade ago and have failed to live up to the potential I’ve been told that I have. Depression has impacted every aspect of my life for good or ill, and my interests and ambitions as a professional writer are no exception.
Lisa J. Ellwood
@IconicImagery ( & Communications account)
#NaNoWriMo 2011 (#disability #spoonie #mentalhealth) – #amwriting (thecreativecrip.wordpress.com
#NaNoWriMo – Day 2: Not #fitforwork or anything else… (thecreativecrip.wordpress.com
@CreativeCrip in the media: #xmasathome #nyeathome interview GRAZIA Australia (thecreativecrip.wordpress.com