It's 2009, at last, and it's been a month since I posted! Many thanks to all the people who have visited the website over the last month or so. A lot of visitors are from outside the US, and it's nice especially to see more visitors from Africa.
When I started back at work in Chicago at the beginning of last month, I needed time to catch up on missing two months of work at Access Living, and also time to let the lessons of the Big Trip sink in. I spent three weeks working, two weeks on holiday vacation, and now am back in Chicago for a good while with my cat, who is getting annoyed at my leaving all the time. I'm also working on getting that organizing training curriculum ready so that interested folks can work on more women's organizing this spring. Will keep you posted on that!
Meanwhile, as a lot of people know, we in the US are coming up on the inauguration of President-elect Obama. What does this event signify for women with disabilities in the next year or so?
This year, are women with disabilities going to have more access to health care? Hmmm, maybe. Are people we know going to stop beating and killing our disabled sisters? You must be kidding---it's like the flu out there, contagious. Are people going to love us for who we are with all our differences? Right, hard to say.
Are disability rights or independent living leaders going to take on our issues with a seemingly rosier political climate? How about feminist leaders? Well. Have you asked them to? Have you raised the issue? Obama or no Obama, Yes We Can or no we can't, I think we'll still have to do an awful lot of work to get women with disabilities issues on the advocacy table. Then, maybe we can get those issues on the power table. See the difference?
There are a lot of good things I wish would happen for women with disabilities this next year. I could live with some surprises! You never know. But there is one thing that I know WILL happen. This year, there will be at least some women with disabilities who will discover the pleasure and the power of organizing amongst ourselves. Someone will decide to take action, and sisters will get together and kick some ass. If you do this, tell us! Women and girls with disabilities are dying (literally!) for lack of disabled sisterhood. We need to know how we are rising up. And we will.