2019 has been a rough year with the recent deaths of three amazing disabled people: Carrie Ann Lucas, Bill Peace, and Ing Wong-Ward. All three were badass activists, generous, kind, and loving. I was lucky to know all three of them.
Carrie Ann, Bill, and Ing lived with fierce unapologetic pride rooted in the strong disability communities they were a part of. To me, this is a reminder to treasure the people around us, to be generous with our affection and care, and to appreciate the time we have right now. This also reminds me of a beautiful essay by Stacey Milbern about our crip ancestors and the legacies they leave us.
I’m sad but filled with gratitude for their friendship over the years. One way to remember all the disabled people we love such as Carrie Ann, Bill, and Ing, is to continue telling their stories and keep fighting against ableism like hell. Below are some links about their lives.
Carrie Ann Lucas
“Creating a Family: The Life of Carrie Ann Lucas,” by Corbett OToole, February 26, 2019, Disability Visibility Project.
“Carrie Ann Lucas Was a BAMF,” Rebecca Cokley, February 26, 2019, Disability Visibility Project.
“Carrie Ann Lucas Dies At Age 47. You Probably Haven’t Heard Of Her And That’s A Problem,” Sarah Kim, February 25, 2019, Forbes.
“Engaging in Politics as a Disabled Person: An Interview with Carrie Ann Lucas,” Alice Wong, September 13, 2017, Rooted in Rights.
Carrie Ann Lucas’ blog Disability Cubed.
“Bill Peace: A Professor Who Professed Disability Activism,” Diane Coleman, July 2, 2019, Not Dead Yet.
“Farewell Bill Peace,” Stephen Kuusisto, July 5, 2019, Planet of the Blind.
Bill Peace’s blog Bad Cripple
“‘A compromised life is worth living’: Why Ing Wong-Ward won’t choose medically assisted death,” May 3, 2018, The Current.
Interview with Ing Wong-Ward, December 1, 2018, Disability Visibility Project.
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