On November 27th, 2019, Vancouver, B.C. became one of many urban centres across the globe to ban straws. In response, #OurFinalStraw was created to both raise awareness of this issue and to boost the availability of single-use, plastic straw for Disabled people who require them to eat and/or drink. In the wake of restrictive straw bans, this action is intended to get straws back on the ground for Disabled people who need free and safe access to them.
Whether you are Disabled or not, you are invited to participate in this action by wearing an #OurFinalStraw button or sticker that reads “I have a straw if you need one.”
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.