Thursday, February 28, 2013

On Frustration and Being a Disabled Activist

I came across this excellent two-part piece by Krystalline Kraus, a regular columnist over at This one's a bit different from most of her writings in that it centers largely around her personal experience as both an activist and a person with a disability. The first part can be read here, the second part here.

The first part details her experience as an activist and the seeming apathy and indifference of her fellow progressives. I'm sure they don't mean any harm, but that still doesn't negate the negative effects and further marginalization and erasure of PWD within the very community which should know better.

Part 2 recounts her experience as a journalist at demonstrations and more specifically, her treatment at the hands of the Toronto Police. Not too surprising. Then again this is the same police force that violated peoples rights and civil liberties at the G20 and also produced a high ranking officer who's advice on how women can avoid being raped is for them to not dress like sluts.

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