Today This Manic Mama talks to Sarah Talbot and Yantra Bertelli, co-editors of the book My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities.
What?! Mother's Day isn't about breakfast in bed or chocolate roses or even cute cards by small children? No, it's about getting out of bed and taking to the streets to demand that our governments leave a better world for our children and our children's children.
Katelyn Campbell objected to her publicly funded high school promoting inaccurate abstinence-only sexual education advertised with flyers extolling “God’s plan for sexual purity.”
She thought that it might not be super cool to listen to speakers who said things like “if you take birth control, your mother probably hates you” and “I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.”
But when she exercised her constitutional right to free speech and complained, the school principal allegedly said: “How would you feel if I cal
"This is a war between the people and the government."
--kid on the street, London August 7 2011.
Four nights ago London erupted in spontaneous violence, rippling out from a council estate north of my home to gradually encompass every borough. Riots and looting were widespread. Cars, buses, and buildings have been torched.
May 26, 1948- July 2, 2009
There's a kaleidoscope in the conservatory where I've stopped with my daughters. There's a circular bed of sand with sticks and rocks, and above, the lenses and mirrors. We shift the sand around and look, and each time the picture is different. If you look deep inside a kaleidoscope, what you see is the ocean of patterns of light, surrounded by a rim of darkness, curving away like night falling.
I came to abortion work in a rather circuitous way. It was not expected after seven years of strict Catholic schooling and twenty-one Thanksgivings full of staunchly conservative, pro-life family debates. By the time I arrived in Seattle in 1998, a newly graduated college-educated feminist, I had left all of the conservative Catholicism behind me, but I still did not anticipate that abortion work would become my passion.
Also: is punk still not dead? Nope, it's still not dead and won't ever die. There are armies of young punks all over the world creating and reaffirming for themselves a vibrant subculture of what punk is, making their own scene instead of waiting to consume one that is manufactured, advertised and sold to them.
"I don’t know how you do it," my neighbor’s girlfriend commented. My five-year-old daughter Siu Loong was at her father’s house and I had taken advantage of my free night to attend and photograph a march against police brutality, then stayed out till midnight developing the film I had shot. "I dunno. I just do," I mumbled, not knowing what else to say. But that’s not entirely true. To simply say that leaves out the resources and community I’ve gained from years of being engaged in social justice work.
Before the internet made it easier to network with other alternative parents, before there was a genre of mama zines, or even Hip Mama, there was "The Future Generation: The Zine for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends & Others." Created by China Martens in 1990 (after the birth of her daughter in 1988), the zine was unlike any other. Her mother, who read to her from as early as one month old and fashioned cut-and-paste picture books for her as a toddler, was her original zinester influence.