Fabricated Peace

TW/CW: Psychiatric setting, Security/Police, Medical Abuse/Ableism You walk through the two sets of automatic sliding double doors, into the mental health wing.  You leave the bitter cold air behind and enter the sterile hospital environment you have come to know so well after all these months.  When entering the front foyer, you are met with…

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Renewed

Do not turn off your feelings, forever. Those moments, cold, hard, immovable? Only temporary. You wander the curve of the land. See? Naturally, change occurs. You see that it is logical to Break down and Re-form. Feelings rise Hot and steamy Upwards Everywhere. Cool and settle. Look. You are the Same Person, yet…. Renewed. [Image:…

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How to Support Survivors of Crime – Centre Them, Not the Perpetrators

CW/TW: Discussion of suicide, discussion of hate crime against Greta Thunberg Recently in Rome a malicious act was committed, a hate crime, against Greta Thunberg. The intent of the perpetrators was to create pain and give further fuel to a narrative about the hate many in some establishments have against Greta Thunberg and all that…

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In Remembrance of Andrea Koenig

Originally posted on LAST:
A sepia toned photograph of a candle. There are two additional blurry candles in the back ground. It is with much sadness that we at LAST acknowledge the sudden death of Andrea Koenig who passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to her…

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Autists’ Rage

[Main Image: art by Cyarin, depicting Greta Thunberg] We channel our anger Like a raging river Carving pathways Through once impenetrable rock “Change is coming , whether you like it or not.”

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Boss Says Be Nice to the Man

TW/CW: human trafficking, sexual assault First, a note about Advocacy: Believe survivors. Centre survivors in their own narratives, because it is their voices that are most important. Be an ally through a willingness to set aside your own biases, and really listen to survivors themselves. Honour survivors when they say “No” to your ideas about…

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Today I Ate Breakfast

TW/CW: flashback of verbal and emotional abuse regarding food issues Today I ate breakfast. I don’t know how to do this. It’s been too long. I don’t want to eat in the morning. I hear your voice. “Chubs.” Followed by laughter. No one ever stands up to you. They let you hurt me. Sometimes they…

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Inclusion: A Bird’s Eye View (Part 3 of 3 – Down to Earth)

[Image: Viewpoint from the forest floor, looking upwards at the brown-eyed Susan flowers in the late afternoon sunlight, in early September] Welcome back! This is the third and final blog post about my use of sociometry to visualize class dynamics, with an eye to promoting inclusion. To recap, the question posed to students was, “Name…

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