I'm calling this the #BeYou thread.

If you are a plate of beige account with a provincial flag for a banner and are run by an Easter Seals & disability org volunteer don't call yourself a disability activist and don't occupy those spaces. Don't pretend. Be You.
If you're a white, wealthy, non-disabled man who, as a result of the birth of a disabled child decades ago, set yourself up as govt's consigliere of wealthy, white, non-disabled parents of disabled kids. Be you. Don't call yourself an activist or pretend to grasp our politics.
If you're promoting/benefiting from the neoliberal model that further marginalizes, impoverishes, and causes harm to some crips via defunding, deregulation and privatization, while simultaneously profits by appealing to the consumerism of privileged crips, don't call it activism.
My point is that I would have way less issues with any of these people if they would just own who they are and not pretend to be "activists" or "leaders" or speaking for disabled people, especially those who are poor or share the same concerns, analysis, values or views.
And it's hard not to treat the fact that they behave the way they do as suspect.
If Rick Hansen Foundation just said, 'you know what we never had an interest in accessibility, we wanted a cure & in lieu of that exoskeletons, but if there are grants, sure we'll put our hands up, we basically are just gonna steal bits of what's out there & put our brand on it'
I mean that is a legit business plan. It's not one I subscribe to or would advocate buying from, but name recognition is the value-added piece under capitalism & people would likely still buy their half-assed product.

But it would have the integrity of not pretending.
Anyway, none of them are going to change. This thread isn't for them it's to explain why I rage tweet sometimes. This stuff is not only irritating but it's harmful.
And I do want to set the record straight on who is helping who. These people who sit alongside & benefit from power and wealth are not the ones making change for us. The only reason they exist is because we make it necessary for govt to maintain a pretence of caring about crips.
Their schmoozing & VIP contact list are not why anything happens. They are the stand-in for dealing with us. Which is one of the many harms they do.

I'm usually angrier at them than open opposition to disabled people's rights and justice bc I honestly believe they do more harm.
Anyway, I just wanted to try to explain that so you understand when you see some of my tweets that may look like personal attacks they aren't. They are political - an attempt at unmasking so we can speak face to face. Be you. Even if I disagree I will respect that about you.

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It's a non-stop experience of "you aren't like the other people we work with" lol.

I figure it's part of the learning I don't charge for.
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CW ableism

This is the letter responding to the article in which a city attorney called a disabled person a "pathetic little wheel boy"

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Dearborn: 313-943-2300
Dearborn Heights: 313-791-3490
Hamtramck: 313-800-5233 ext 361
Inkster: 313-563-4234
Wayne Co.: 313-224-0286

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Will there be an ocean sounds playing with Dr. Bonnie Henry's voice telling us to think positive while we wait?
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