Drawing, Alone

"The opening of Palestine's National Festival of People with Disabilities featured an exhibition of drawings by Echlas Al-Azzeh, 37, who lives in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem and has muscular dystrophy.

"I show my feelings through my drawings … I learned to draw when I was always in hospital and it has grown with me," Al-Azzeh told Ma'an."

Full story here: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=443747 

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I remember being shunned by other children because of my own disability and how I spent countless hours writing stories and drawing pictures by holding the paper up to my one good eye. My stories were always about magical creatures, animals, who knew there was something wondrous about living.

 

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Yesterday I hit the reply button on an email from the Obama campaign telling them that the President can't have my vote, that subborning the civil liberties of Americans was the last straw. 

 

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Mayor Bloomburg doesn't like people with disabilities. We've all figured that out. His opposition to accessible taxi cabs for NYC is laughable with his assertion that wheelchair users can't hail cabs anyway. What a stupid, venal, half-man he's proved himself to be. I'd like to challenge him to a game of wheelchair basketball. But of course I don't play wheelchair basketball. 

 

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"All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume."

 

–Noam Chomsky

 

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And, of course, thinking of Chomsky and today's headline that Kim Jong-Il has died:

"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media."

 

SK

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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