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It is time to celebrate our interdependence! Let’s organize our lives around love and care.
Celebrate our interdependenceInterdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. If this pandemic has done nothing else, it has illuminated how... More.
Organize our lives around love and careThe activities that constitute care are crucial for human life. We defined care in this way: Care is "a species activity that includes everything that we do to maintain, continue,... More.
Our survival is bound up together.
PluralismPluralism refers to people of diverse and conflicting beliefs coexisting peaceably, linked by their adherence to a shared social contract which commits members of different groups to treating others fairly... More is our reality.
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.
Point me toward the real motherfuckers Point me toward the real I've been lied to and abused Time to try to heal Cut me loose, cut me loose See what freedom might reveal Cut my bound hands free and Point me 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
- Let’s organize our lives around love and care.
∞ Design is tested at the edges.
Design is tested at the edges.
Foreground complexity as the baseline.
By focusing on the parts of the system that are most complex and where the people living it are the most vulnerable we understand the system best.
Multiplicities are an intention: We build the best collaboration, the deepest learning, when we expand the opportunities for complex vision.
We have to embrace our complexity. We are complex.
When we build things – we must think of the things our life doesn’t necessitate. Because someones life does.
It’s not a problem in the person; it’s not a problem with the difference; it’s a problem in the interaction between a difference and a context built for the myth that we should all be the same.
We need to have universally designed systems designed around the reality of human variance opposed to the myth of human sameness.
Democracy is served by centering and empowering people’s voices.
When we make things for people at their worst, they’ll work that much better when people are at their best.
Everything we do publicly can be made more inclusive and uplifting with intersectionality, and everything we do can become exclusionary and oppressive without it.
It is in the dignity of the most vulnerable that the dignity of all mankind is upheld.
A mismatched interaction between a person and their environment is a function of design. Change the environment, not the body.
Flexibility makes a big difference in inclusion.
Accommodation is fundamentally about not changing the person but changing the environment around the person.
Accessibility is a collective process!
Affordability is a part of accessibility.
The accommodations for natural human variation should be mutual.
Provide freedom to those who deal with a world that’s built to be hostile toward them.
Prioritize the most marginalized, and we’ll all rise together.
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 readingThere are three types of reading: eye reading, ear reading, and finger reading.The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning Most schools and... More 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.
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.
If the philanthropic sector is to advance social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, then we must recognize that disability is a key element in our work.
Elevate ableism as one of the injustices of our world.
Create more anti-ableist spaces. Let’s act to hold ALL spaces accountable for providing care and access to disabled folks with all types of bodies and minds.
🫀🧠🌈 Human cognitive diversity exists for a reason.
Human cognitive diversity exists for a reason; our differences are the genius – and the conscience – of our species.
To face the challenges of the future, we’ll need the problem-solving abilities of different types of minds working together.
Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general.
Reframe these states of being that have been labelled deficiencies or pathologies as human differences.
To be pro-neurodiversity is to be anti-racist.
Difference is not our deficit; it’s our operating system.
Diversity is strength. Difference is a teacher. Fear difference, you learn nothing.
Mind is an embodied phenomenon.
Magic happens when you combine collaboration and neurodiversity.
Collaboration allows us to create genuinely safe spaces for autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people.
Requiring diagnosis was counter to trans liberation and acceptance. The exact same is true of Autism.
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.
The right to learn differently should be a universal human right that’s not mediated by diagnosis.
Written communication is the great social equalizer.
Writing is too important because, though forms and structures will differ, writing is the path to power for those born without power.
Presume competence. Never assume that the ability to speak equals intelligence.
Noncompliance is a social skill.
If a person’s behavior doesn’t make sense to you, it is because you are missing a part of their context.
Learning is rooted in purpose finding and community relevance.
Social justice is the cornerstone to educational success.
Dehumanizing practices do not belong in schools.
Learners are respectful toward each other’s innate human worth.
Design learning where there is no option for oppression.
Attend to the practices, policies, and aspects of institutional culture that traumatize children at school.
We must infuse trauma-informed education with a robust understanding of, and responsiveness to, the traumas of systemic oppression.
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
Laziness does not exist.
🛏 We urgently need a society that’s better at letting people get the rest they need.
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 restWe urgently need a society that's better at letting people get the rest they need.Fergus Murray WIP by Kristina Daniele I’m in pain. Mental. Physical. The result’s the same. Retreating... More. 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.
🔨 Stop, Hammer Time: When you measure include the measurer.
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 powerThe 20th Century political scientist Karl Deutsch said, “Power is the ability not to have to learn.”I quote this statement often, because I think it’s one of the most important... More to see and not be seen, to represent while escaping representation.Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective
= There is no path to equity that does not involve a direct confrontation with inequity.
There is no path to equity that does not involve a direct confrontation with inequity.
Inequities are primarily power and privilege problems.
In order to achieve equity we must prioritize the interests of the students and families whose interests historically have not been prioritized.
Equity requires the redistribution of material, cultural, and social access and opportunity.
Educational outcome disparities are not the result of deficiencies in marginalized communities’ cultures, mindsets, or grittiness, but rather of inequities.
You cannot counter structural inequality with good will. You have to structure equality.
We are all accountable to the urgent work of building a more just, more equitable world.
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 punkEverything that was normally supposed to be hidden was brought to the front.Punk subculture - Wikipedia The First Rule of Punk: Be Yourself Our Second Rule of Punk: Reframe The... More 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 bipolarI call it burning these days because that’s what it feels like: like there’s an idea inside me burning its way out. But when I was younger, I called it... More and suffering from PTSDIn expanding our definitions of trauma, we must make sure we see trauma as a structural issue, not just an individual one. Scholars now recognize what people from marginalized communities... More. As such, the disability communityWhat I have always been hoping to accomplish is the creation of community.Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-First-Person-Stories-Twenty-First-ebook/dp/B082ZQBL98/ https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-Adapted-Young-Adults-ebook/dp/B08VFT4R9T/... More should embrace her as a savant in the wider sphere of neurodivergent people who demonstrate talent usually limited to the label autisticAutistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline. If... More 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
🧷 All human beings have the same innate need: We long to belong.
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.
Giving inclusion safety is a moral imperative.
All human beings have the same innate need: We long to belong.
Shame is not a weapon. Shame is toxic. It is the difference between “sorry I did” and “sorry I am.”
Authenticity is our purest freedom.
Never forget that authenticity and vulnerability are revolutionary in every capacity. Shame is the antithesis of progress.
The spaces where we belong do not exist. We build them with radical love and revolutionary liberation.
The place where we belong does not exist. We will build it.
It is time to celebrate our interdependence!
Putting care—not just care work, but care—at the center of our economy, our politics, is to orient ourselves around 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. If we do not understand that we are interdependent with the planet we as a species will not survive.
It is time to celebrate our interdependence! Collaboration allows us to create genuinely safe spaces.
❤️🩹 Care work makes all other work possible.
Care is an organizational structure needed to keep our nation running. It’s, by definition, infrastructure.
Care work makes all other work possible.
Health is at the center of the human experience.
We need a counterculture of care.
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.
Reframing is self-care and social change.
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, bodymindsBodymind: A term used to challenge the idea the body and mind are experienced separately (Descartes). Written in various ways, Bodymind or Body-mind, this usage foregrounds the understanding that experiences... More, 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 evolutionaryShe tells of a radical fringe of scientists who are realizing that natural selection isn’t individual, but mutual—that species only survive if they learn to be in community.Emergent Strategy: Shaping... More 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
👏 Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.
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.”
🩸 We exist as friction.
We must not allow pressure for resilience to permit broken systems to persist.
Dislodge hyper-punitive cultures and ideologies.
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 playThere is nothing more human than play. Humans were designed to learn in play. In fact, nearly all mammals evolved this way.Play's Power At our learning space, we provide learners fresh... More 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
Nothing About Us Without Us
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 differencesOur friends and allies at Randimals have a saying, What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.Randimals We agree. Randimals are made up of two different animals... More. 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
🪢 Embracing pluralism is good citizenship.
Embracing pluralism is good citizenship. Democracy demands equal accommodation.
Fostering healthy pluralism, which democracy demands, means confronting intolerance.
In order for true diversity to flourish, we need to first become unswervingly anti-racist.
🔌 Name the systems of power.
Just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.
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.
The lens of power can really help us see what’s going on.
People suffer, and when they do, it’s for a reason.
You wanna be somebody? See somebody? Try and free somebody
Got a list of demands Written on the palm of my hands I ball my fist and you're gonna know where I stand We're living hand to mouth Hand to mouth --List of Demands by Saul Williams
🏩 What if love said: Hear me out a bit before the future comes around.
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 differentOur friends and allies at Randimals have a saying, What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.Randimals We agree. Randimals are made up of two different animals... More. I center edge casesCompassion Isn't CoddlingPeople often mistake compassion for “being nice,” but it’s not.The point of compassion isn’t to soften bad news or stressful situations with niceties. It’s to come from a... More, because edgeFor me this space of radical openness is a margin a profound edge. Locating oneself there is difficult yet necessary. It is not a “safe” place. One is always at... More cases are stress casesCompassion Isn't CoddlingPeople often mistake compassion for “being nice,” but it’s not.The point of compassion isn’t to soften bad news or stressful situations with niceties. It’s to come from a... More and design is tested at the edgesFor me this space of radical openness is a margin a profound edge. Locating oneself there is difficult yet necessary. It is not a “safe” place. One is always at... More. 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 compassionCompassion Isn't CoddlingPeople often mistake compassion for “being nice,” but it’s not.The point of compassion isn’t to soften bad news or stressful situations with niceties. It’s to come from a... More are tested at the edges, where the truths told are of bias, inequalityEquityA commitment to action: the process of redistributing access and opportunity to be fair and just.A way of being: the state of being free of bias, discrimination, and identity-predictable outcomes... More, 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