Hello friends! On the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I am excited to share with you the first-ever publication by the Disability Visibility Project, Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People. It will be available on October 15, 2018 in multiple formats including audio. You can pre-order the anthology now on Amazon. For more details the about Resistance and Hope, the contributors, and the team that put it together, go to the anthology’s page.
Here’s a preview of the introduction in Resistance and Hope. Enjoy.
As the results of the Presidential election rolled in the evening of Election Day 2016, my heart raced. I felt unsafe and a sense of urgency to do something. In my moments of fear and panic towards what I knew would happen, I was strangely comforted by the fact that disabled people have been surviving and resisting for millennia.
Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People is a powerful collection of essays by disabled writers, artists, activists, and dreamers. What is the relationship between resistance and hope? What can disabled people share with the world during this time of uncertainty and unrest? You will learn from a wide range of perspectives from multiply marginalized disabled people on where we are right now, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. Share this anthology with everyone everywhere—on social media, in the classroom, at the kitchen table, with your friends and neighbors.
The idea for the Resistance and Hope anthology developed that evening in November as I wondered what could I do to fight back and create something of value for all of us. I reflected on Sins Invalid’s show in October 2016, “Birthing, Dying, Becoming Crip Wisdom,” and realized we weren’t entering into a new moment; every moment is cyclical and tied to living, resisting, dying, and rebirth. We are all linked to one another for survival. On a related note, thank you to artist Micah Bazant for the beautiful book cover. Mushrooms are my symbol of resilience and interdependence for this publication.
It is my intention for you, dear reader, to soak up crip wisdom from these writers and our ancestors. Think about your privilege, get angry, and become involved in your various communities.
With gratitude and solidarity,
Alice Wong, Editor and Publisher
Founder and Director, Disability Visibility Project
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