PUBLIC SPEAKING: Nanaimo Women’s March 2019
In this speech, I addressed the disparities in violence rates between abled and disabled women. I demonstrated the horrific nature of ableist violence and urged the crowd to educate themselves on ableism and Disability justice.
In 2019, A plain text version of this chart was published in The poverty of plastic bans: Environmentalism’s win is a loss for disabled people by Andrew B. Jenks and Kelsey M. Obringer.
I created this infographic in response to the numerous straw bans posed and/or passed throughout North America and Europe. Through the online Disability community, I found that the conversations brought up by pseudo-environmentalists (or greenies, as I irreverently like to call them) were often interrogative of and/or gaslit disabled people who require straws to drink and/or eat. For months–years, for some–the Disabled community has been expected to answer every invasive question regarding straw use and the viability of more eco-friendly alternatives.
The overwhelming and exhausting questioning resulted in our giving repetitive answers near-constantly. I found myself becoming drained by continually rewording the phrase “there are no viable alternatives” and even more exhausted and frustrated when said pseudo-environmentalists refused to believe in the validity of the single-use, bendable plastic straw as an access need. I witnessed my online acquaintances becoming just as exhausted and frustrated as me, and decided it was time to take action to protect my community.
The infographic is meant to be a quick, all-encompassing response to the interrogative questions regarding straw use and straw bans. I realize there are a few minor inaccuracies within the chart (eg. metal is not high-temp safe and the chart fails to cover allergies as a risk factor), but it spread beyond my own personal reaches of the internet so quickly that I was unable to edit it and repost. However, I believe it still serves its purpose as a tool for disabled people. I created it in hopes that it would be widely shared and used to help fellow disabled people reserve their much-needed and precious energy.
Twitter: The most important platform I use for connecting with the Disability community. Through sharing individual experiences, we are able to both learn from each other and provide community in shared moments.
Instagram: A collection of my artwork and some short poems.