It is time to celebrate our
Let's organize our lives around love and care Let's write each other letters and call it prayer Let's congregate in the place that isn't anywhere At the temple of broken dreams --Temple of Broken Dreams by Ezra Furman
We steer by the collected phrases below. They are compasses and stars that align us on our mission.
Our philosophy points us toward the real.
- ∞ Design is tested at the edges.
- 🦼 Disability justice (and disability itself) has the potential to fundamentally transform everything we think about quality of life, purpose, work, relationships, belonging.
- 🫀🧠🌈 Human cognitive diversity exists for a reason.
- 📚⚖️ The right to learn differently should be a universal human right that’s not mediated by diagnosis.
- Laziness does not exist.
- 🛏 We urgently need a society that’s better at letting people get the rest they need.
- 🔨 Stop, Hammer Time: When you measure include the measurer.
- = There is no path to equity that does not involve a direct confrontation with inequity.
- 🧷 All human beings have the same innate need: We long to belong.
- It is time to celebrate our interdependence!
- ❤️🩹 Care work makes all other work possible.
- 👏 Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.
- ⏳ Dreams are met, bridges are built -timelines changed.
- 🩸 We exist as friction.
- Nothing About Us Without Us
- 🪢 Embracing pluralism is good citizenship.
- 🔌 Name the systems of power.
- 🏩 What if love said: Hear me out a bit before the future comes around.
- As If We Existed
- Exist For Love
James Baldwin…deserves flowers everyday, most of all, because he was willing to discuss things that were painful, hard to look at, hard to see, hard to accept.Meshell Ndegeocello
James Baldwin’s prophetic literature The Fire Next Time was at the forefront of my mind. I’d been reading it a lot, carrying it around in my pocket. It became like my religious text. Baldwin speaks about things that are very familiar within the human condition, and the most revolutionary music to me — the music that changed my life — is the songs about the inner struggle, the commonality of being human.Songs of Protest & Healing: Meshell Ndegeocello on the Gospel of James Baldwin
The glorification of one race and the consequent debasement of another—or others—always has been and always will be a recipe for murder. There is no way around this. If one is permitted to treat any group of people with special disfavor because of their race or the color of their skin, there is no limit to what one will force them to endure, and, since the entire race has been mysteriously indicted, no reason not to attempt to destroy it root and branch.The Fire Next Time
🦼 Disability justice (and disability itself) has the potential to fundamentally transform everything we think about quality of life, purpose, work, relationships, belonging.
The moment has come to advance and recognize the promise of disability justice. Together, we can meet the moment, center individuals who are most impacted, and rebuild as a more just nation if we see disability as part of the continuing struggle for our full civil rights and liberties. We recognize that there is no justice that neglects disability.
Disabled people live at the intersection of all systems of oppression and social justice issues. There isn’t one issue or one intersection where you will not find disabled individuals advocating for or experiencing the effects of those issues.
There is no justice that neglects disability. Achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion means putting disability justice in every policy discussion and making it part of the continuing struggle for civil rights.
Self diagnosis is not just “valid” — it is liberatory. When we define our community ourselves and wrest our right to self-definition back from the systems that painted us as abnormal and sick, we are powerful, and free.
📚⚖️ The right to learn differently should be a universal human right that’s not mediated by diagnosis.
Being trauma-informed means consciously cultivating space in our mental models so that, even if we know nothing about a particular set of circumstances, we avoid the temptation to mindlessly apply rules.
When I went to your schools I went to your churches I went to your institutional learning facilities! --Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendencies
WIP by Kristina Daniele I’m in pain. Mental. Physical. The result’s the same. Retreating into silence. Resting my brain. Taking deep breaths. Trying to reframe. Writing in my journal. Listening to myself. Trying to get centered But drifting to the left. I’m in pain. Mental. Physical. Emotionally, it’s the same. Stimming to reset Moving to get rest. Blocking out the world, And listening to myself. Trying to get centered But drifting to the left. I'm a work in progress. I'm not finished yet.
Nothing in this culture wants us to have rest. Wants us to have ease. Wants us to have care. The softness was stolen. Our dreamspace has been stolen. Our space to just be has been stolen.Tricia Hersey, founder of The Nap Ministry.
It’s not Science vs Philosophy … It’s Science + Philosophy. When you measure include the measurer.MC Hammer
I would insist on the embodied nature of all vision and so reclaim the sensory system that has been used to signify a leap out of the marked body and into a conquering gaze from nowhere. This is the gaze that mythically inscribes all the marked bodies, that makes the un-marked category claim the power to see and not be seen, to represent while escaping representation.Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective
I wish you could know What it means to be me Can you see You’d agree Everybody Should be free (Because if we ain’t, we’re murderers) --I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Nina Simone
One of the most punk angst people in history is Nina Simone.AFROPUNK: The Movie
She was neurodivergent and did her best work as an activist completely unaware she was bipolar and suffering from PTSD. As such, the disability community should embrace her as a savant in the wider sphere of neurodivergent people who demonstrate talent usually limited to the label autistic savant.Nina Simone: Black Activist, Bipolar Savant | NOS Magazine
I sing from intelligence. I sing from letting them know that I know who they are and what they have done to my people around the world.
That’s not anger. Anger has its place. Anger has fire, and fire moves things, but I sing from intelligence. I don’t want them to think that I don’t know who they are.Nina Simone on BBC HARDtalk, 1999
Psychological safety is a condition in which you feel (1) included, (2) safe to learn, (3) safe to contribute, and (4) safe to challenge the status quo—all without fear of being embarrassed, marginalized, or punished in some way.
Interdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. Interdependence is the only way out of most of the most pressing issues we face today. If we do not understand that we are interdependent with the planet we as a species will not survive.
I feel that that the fundamental property of humanness is to fill those spaces where humanity has been abandoned with love. Those who would change the system have to begin with love, and with the vision to build geographies of care built from that love.
Those who are the most sensitive and traumatised and have not lost the ability to extend trust constitute an enormously rich and diverse repository of insights and hold many of the keys needed for co-creating ecologies of care.
In the Parable books Lauren is a young, black, disabled woman who manages to not merely survive but to create a belief system and lead a community that brings together and helps thousands in the midst of chaos. As a result, this series is one example of how a better future can include those of us whose lives, bodyminds, and perspectives are often devalued and discounted.Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction
Embrace diversity.Parable of the Sower (p. 196)
Or be divided,
By those who see you as prey.
Or be destroyed.
Earthseed is Olamina’s contribution to what she feels should be a species-wide effort to evade, or at least to lengthen the specialize-grow-die evolutionary cycle that humanity faces, that every species faces.Parable of the Sower (Parable, 1)
Let's organize our lives around love and care Let's write each other letters and call it prayer Let's congregate in the place that isn't anywhere At the temple of broken dreams --Three New Songs by Ezra Furman
Everyday there's a sad a twist of fate And it's easy to think there's no way we can make it But I swear you and I can stay strong through the fight If we hold on long enough to face it Sure there's Purple haze in the sky And they say maybe we're running out of time But I don't care cuz you and I Know that love is all we need to survive If the world is on fire I don't care cuz you're down for the ride We'll survive We'll get by From now on til the end of times --Purple Haze by Joy Oladokun
⏳ Dreams are met, bridges are built -timelines changed.
Dreams are met, bridges are built -timelines changed.
All these realities become more true via each other, being ourselves; being that: we are the materials which become the embodiment of such.
*We Artistrian” was an utterance by A Badelle in pondering viewing a prior work titled “The Adorned Man.”
Haitian Fight Song, to begin with, could just as well be called Afro-American Fight Song. It has a folk spirit, the kind of folk music I’ve always heard anyway.
My solo in it is a deeply concentrated one. I can’t play it right unless I’m thinking about prejudice and hate and persecution, and how unfair it is. There’s sadness and cries in it, but also determination. And it usually ends with my feeling: ‘I told them! I hope somebody heard me.’The Clown Album Liner Notes
Every issue in our news cycle today – gender affirming care, access to abortions, COVID-19 policies (or rather lack thereof), and racist hate crimes – are intimately tied to the history of the eugenics movement. These are intertwined stories.
Our platforms might have changed, but the content on them has not. People aren’t learning this pseudoscience at state fairs anymore, but that doesn’t mean they’re not learning it. It’s embedded into our culture in both obvious and obscured ways.
Our news headlines reflect what oppressed people have long known – eugenics is still alive and well. From the rhetoric used in the recent hate crime in Buffalo, to that coming out of the Supreme Court, to the daily statements of the CDC, eugenics is there at the core.@Nicole_Lee_Sch
I first heard the expression “Nothing About Us Without Us” in South Africa in 1993. Michael Masutha and William Rowland, two leaders ofDisabled People South Africa, separately invoked the slo- gan, which they had heard used by someone from Eastern Europe at an international disability rights conference. The slogan’s power derives from its location of the source of many types of (disability) oppression and its simultaneous opposition to such oppression in the context of control and voice.
“Nothing About Us Without Us” resonates with the philosophy and history of the disability rights movement (DRM), a movement that has embarked on a belated mission parallel to other liberation movements. As Ed Roberts, one of the leading figures of the international DRM, has said, “If we have learned one thing from the civil rights movement in the U.S., it’s that when others speak for you, you lose” (Driedger 1989:28). In this sense, “Our Bodies, Ourselves” and “Power to the People” can be recognized as precedents for “Nothing About Us With- out Us.” The DRM’s demand for control is the essential theme that runs through all its work, regardless of political-economic or cultural differences. Control has universal appeal for DRM activists because the needs of people with disabilities and the potential for meeting these needs are everywhere conditioned by a dependency born of powerless- ness, poverty, degradation, and institutionalization. This dependency, saturated with paternalism, begins with the onset of disability and con- tinues until death. The condition of dependency is presently typical for hundreds of millions of people throughout the world.NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US: Disability Oppression and Empowerment
Every single one of us has a moral obligation to use whatever resources we have — time, money, knowledge, skills, emotional energy, access to physical resources — … in service of justice, and fighting against injustice and oppression and violence in all of its forms, structural and individual, subtle and overt.
Inclusivity involves looking at a space and seeing all the ways it’s set up to benefit those in power. And then redesigning and resetting that space to support, affirm, and amplify marginalized folks.
You wanna be somebody? See somebody? Try and free somebody
As If We Existed
... What if love said: Hear me out a bit before the future comes around ... This isn't anger, no, it's passion so let's live the way we should As if we existed "As If We Existed" by Solillaquists of Sound
Exist For Love
And then I learned the truth How everything good in life seems to lead back to you And every single time I run into your arms I feel like I exist for love Like I exist for love Only for love I can't imagine how it is to be forbidden from loving (Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah) 'Cause when you walked into my life I could feel my life begin Like I was torn apart the minute I was only born
And you're the other half The only thing that makes me whole I know it sounds like a lot But you really need to know We are leaning out for love And we will lean for love forever, I know I love you so And then I learned the truth How everything good in life seems to lead back to you And every single time I run into your arms I feel like I exist for love Only for love
And when you say my name Like white horses on the waves I think it feels the same As an ocean in my veins And you'll be diving in Like nothing is out of place And we exist for love Only for love
And I love you, I love you, I love you And I love you, I love you, I love you
Let’s organize our lives around love and care.
We exist for the direct support and mutual aid of neurodivergent and disabled people.
We serve our loved people so we can keep on living through the onslaught.
I center the marginalized and the different. I center edge cases, because edge cases are stress cases and design is tested at the edges. I center neurodivergent and disabled experience in service to all bodyminds.
We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.
We steer by these acquired phrases. They are compasses and stars that align us on our mission.
It is time to celebrate our interdependence. Interdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. Interdependence is the only way out of most of the most pressing issues we face today.
Our designs, our societies, and the boundaries of our compassion are tested at the edges, where the truths told are of bias, inequality, injustice, and thoughtlessness.
Let's organize our lives around love and care Let's write each other letters and call it prayer Let's congregate in the place that isn't anywhere At the temple of broken dreams