I spoke at the 2020 Sacramento Women’s March about disability justice.
Below is video (by Denice Ristau) and the transcript.
Is there power in standing up?
That was a trick question.
Is there power in sitting down?
I’m disabled whether I’m standing or sitting. And I’m powerful both ways!
So, let’s change this phrasing: is there power in showing up?
Let me tell you about Rosa.
Rosa May Billinghurst would ram her wheelchair into police during protests in the early 1900s. She continued using her wheelchair to make a path for herself even after being violently thrown out of her chair intentionally damaged by police.
Rosa was called “the cripple suffragette.”
Rosa claimed her space and she made it known she would be counted as a disabled woman and nothing less.
So I’m here to tell you: