My Open Letter to City Designers

I originally wrote this email for the Des Moines City Council. For the past month, I’ve adjusted the verbiage to reflect what I’ve heard in their City Council Meetings with the Public. I also adjust the bullet points and actions I wish to see them take. Otherwise, most of the letters are verbatim what I… Continue reading My Open Letter to City Designers

Indigeous Peoples’ Day: We Need to Show Up Year Round

Indigenous People’s Day. The wind blows fiercely as the leaves tumble down the sidewalk. At the capitol, Indigeous people speak their truths, broadcast it in a livestream. Around them and us, Western Society throttles on slowly, its gears mucked up with Mother Nature, the pandemic slowly everything down. Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff (Unangan Tunuu) and Libby… Continue reading Indigeous Peoples’ Day: We Need to Show Up Year Round

Accessible Spaces

For definitions on the terms used here and an example that breaks down ableism, see my Tackling Ableism post. NOTE: i think i am probably preaching to the choir here, but i’ve thought a lot about disability justice lately and how movements practice that.  (Note: i’m in pain today so capitalization isn’t happening). This was… Continue reading Accessible Spaces

Tackling Ableism Framing

I’m going to discuss Ableism framing in this article, and to do so, I’ll use an example from a friend (who attends social distancing church services). First, let’s cover some basic definitions. Definitions: Abled-bodied person is a person who is not disabled. As in they have no physical or mental disabilities. Or they are someone… Continue reading Tackling Ableism Framing

Characters with Disabilities

It is rare to find any book that has a character with a disability.  Usually if they do appear, the character spends the book finding a way to defeat the disability, to conquer it, and to become able-bodied again. There are quite a few disability tropes, and these tropes in general are bad.  It’s rare… Continue reading Characters with Disabilities