If You Care, Please Vote

Vote
An “I voted!” Sticker

Today is Election Day in the United States. Voter participation is up in record-breaking ways already. The lines may be long today, so I thank everyone who sticks it out to participate in our representative democracy. It has it’s flaws as a system, but it is our system and right now it is a way we can peacefully neutralize some of the worst that has happened in the last two years.

If you care that we allowed 3000 preventable deaths in Puerto Rico, please vote.

If you care that the word “transgender” was stripped from official documents, please vote.

If you care that every time a mass shooting happens the government pretends that there is nothing they can do to help, please vote.

If you care that disabled and chronically ill people would die without health care, please vote.

If you care that black people are being executed extrajudicially by police officers, even in their own back yards holding a cell phone, please vote.

If you care that asylum seekers are being separated from their children and that they are being imprisoned indefinitely, and that TWO YEAR OLDS HAVE HAD TO REPRESENT THEMSELVES IN COURT, please vote.

If you care that our government has targeted Muslim people from coming to our country, even needing asylum, please vote.

If you care that we are doing nothing to prevent climate change and are selling our national parks to the highest bidder for profit, please vote.

If you care that our education system is being run by someone who doesn’t believe in public schools, please vote.

If you care that white supremacists have been emboldened once again, please vote.

If you care that a credibly accused, emotionally volatile man is now sitting on the Supreme Court, please vote.

If you care that the president has played nuclear chicken with North Korea, please vote.

If you care that we left the human rights committee of the UN, please vote.

If you care that our executive branch has lied thousands upon thousands of times in the last two years, please vote.

If you care that the executive branch has been nothing but a money-making scheme for the richest one percent, please vote.

If you care,

Please vote.

 

Essay at Rooted in Rights

 

Garden Lites
Image Description: A box of Garden Lites Chocolate Muffins that are dairy-free and gluten-free

 

Hi Everyone!

I have a sort of unusual essay/article out today at Rooted in Rights, a disability advocacy group. It is called As a Chronically Ill Mom, Even Tater Tots Are a Way to Show My Kids Love . It’s about being a mom, food being love, preservatives, the Standard American Diet and convenience foods, and it’s part of the conversation around Mother’s Day about what it means to be a disabled mama. I hit a lot of topics in 1000 words!

Hope you are all having a great Mother’s Day weekend!

Love,

Kristin

 

New Essay at Full Grown People- “Spectator”

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                                          The Rectangle                                              Image description: A picture window that shows a wintery outside world

 

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a bit since I posted, huh? I am really happy to be able to, to let you know I have a new essay up at Full Grown People today called Spectator. It is about living life watching instead of participating, because often that is what I am able to do. It is also about parent participation night and third grade basketball. It’ll all make sense, I promise!

Love,

Kristin

 

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            The Basketballer as a Third Grader                  Image Description: A smiling brown haired boy in an orange Illini jersey sitting at a table

Disability March (Part 2)

The Future is Accessible
Image Description: Me in my blue “The Future is Accessible” t-shirt (designed by Annie Segarra) smiling for the camera, vaguely in front of playground equipment.

I am very proud to be a voice in the Disability March II, a virtual movement of solidarity with the Women’s Marches this January 20 and 21. If you are also disabled (my chronic illness people who may be invisibly disabled, you know you count too, right?) please consider joining in by sharing your story as well. My entry is called Enough (a click on the title will take you to the link), and the more people we can gather the more we show the world that we exist and we won’t be silenced. Last year we had more than 3,000 participants by the end of January-I think we can get even more. Making disability visible.

I hope to see you there!

Kristin