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One protest against the disgraceful situation in Ferguson is calling for a boycott.  Instead of shopping at mainstream stores this holiday season, consider these independent black-owned businesses
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Using scrap paper and a recycling bin

You could then demo every other privilege represented among the students -- sex, race, etc. -- by having them move their seats.  You could further demonstrate the importance of maneuverability represented by allowing students to move forward to take a better shot -- that you aren't necessarily stuck where you start.
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This is the freebie for the November Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It fills the "genetics" square in the Science Bingo Fest public card. This poem belongs to the project Nine for the Nebula's Heart.

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This poem is spillover from the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer  and Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "evening the odds" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Make sure that the people violating your rights KNOW that they are violating your rights with this handy Amendment IV t-shirt with metallic ink.  Notifications like this actually boost the negative karma for violators because it's the metaphysical equivalent of breaking and entering through a locked door.  No claim of ignorance or accident is possible.
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No, not spies on television.  Televisions that spy on people.  Things like this are why I'm getting less and less inclined to buy new stuff.  It tends to come with dealbreaker features.  Given a choice between being abused or going without important goods and services, I usually choose to go without.  This frustrates me.  With a television, not so much, because they've pretty much lost my eyeballs forever for a million different reasons.  But other stuff moving in the same direction really worries me.
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So my partner Doug is out listening to music videos, and he called me over to listen to a performance of "Follow the Drinking Gourd."  It occurred to me that with all the voter suppression going on ... people could sing these songs  from the Underground Railroad in the two-hour-long lines.  Labor songs are another good source of ideas.  Might get you arrested, of course, but imagine how that  would look in the news.  And the people banned from voting?  Could do this across the street from the polls.
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This poem came out of the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] moriwen1  and [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It fills the "internet / social media" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo  fest, and the "Epistolary fic: Emails, letters, etc." square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem came out of the October 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai, who wanted the 'click' moment of seeing The Matrix. It also fills the "extra-sensory perception" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo Fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics setting, and is a direct sequel to "Look Both Ways."

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics, and it doesn't have a happy ending.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is prejudice, sexist and racist language, nausea and vomiting, a superpower misinterpreted as anything else, serious rupture of reality tunnel, extreme disorientation, and unfocused suicidal ideation.  Sadists who enjoy watching obnoxious characters writhe in torment may enjoy this.  Sensitive readers may wish to skip it.

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This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  It's a direct sequel to a scene in her story "Necessary Conversations" and some commentary below it, so you should read that first in order for this to make the most sense.  It also fills the "youth" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This article promotes the idea of positive SF as a way of encouraging positive futures. Yes! This! I want this! And they have made an anthology of it too, Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future. WANT.

Some further thoughts ...

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This crowdfunding project focused on clothes for people with Down syndrome, who often have different body proportions from average.
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Here's a post listing speculative novels that address disability

Over on [community profile] access_fandom there's howling that The Ship Who Sang  is a bad example, not a good one.  Here's a poem and a post.

Now, I'll admit that it isn't as good as some things we have now, like the Vorkosigan saga.  But it came out when nobody else was writing anything about heroic characters with disabilities, and the rare examples of disability were stock characters like Igor.  0_o  And then came Helva, and after her came other shellpeople who were ships and cities and all sorts of things.  To me, a shellperson's ship was basically adaptive equipment, like a wheelchair.  That could fly between stars.  I think that's awesome.  Hell, I'd consider that a trade up from the body I have, which is mobile but not what I'd call reliable.  The part of that image that spoke to me was about not being limited by the meat you're born with.  You could imagine something bigger and better.  You didn't have to be physically perfect to be an astronaut.  You could have a wreck of a body, and be the ship,  and go have adventures anyway.  So the society was kind of a mess in places, well, that's humanity for you.  You don't have to be perfect to have a future either.

And that wasn't the only time Anne McCaffrey wrote about a protagonist with physical or mental challenges.  She did that a lot.  Sometimes better, sometimes worse, but I count her as an icebreaker for a lot of what came after.  The Ship Who Sang  wasn't one of my favorites.  But if not for that, we wouldn't have The Ship Who Searched  and The City Who Fought,  and probably a lot of others tangentially inspired, that I have greatly enjoyed.

If you don't like what's being written, do something else.  You don't have to get it perfect the first time.  Try again, fail again, fail better.  Do something new.  
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It matters what stories we tell and pictures we paint.  Here's an essay about narratives of diversity in F&SF.  

That's why I write diversity and, especially, pay attention to the mix of heroes and heras in Polychrome Heroics.  Danso is there to provide a positive, nurturing example of a young black man.  He's very powerful; mess with his family and he'll fuck you up.  But he'd rather not have to.
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This poem was inspired by a conversation with DW user Stardreamer.  It also fills the "superpowers" square in my 6-10-14 card for the Fanbingo fest.  It has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] starcat_jewel.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.



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In context of the upcoming P.I.E. fishbowl, a comment raised the issue of vocabulary in terms of disabled vs. handicapped.

For my mobility-impaired or otherwise challenged friends in the United States (where Brenda lives), what are your thoughts on this matter?  Are "disabled/disability" and "handicapped/handicap" synonyms or not?  If not, what's the difference you perceive?  Is one more limiting or more pejorative?  Are there other terms you use?  What has shaped your perceptions of ability vocabulary?  What do you think Brenda would say?  Do you find her vocabulary in the previous poems jarring or not?
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Looking for something concrete you can do about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri?  Mary Engelbreit has created a picture and is selling prints, all proceeds going to Michael Brown Jr. memorial fund.  This is art as social awareness, a vital part of a culture's conversation with itself.  

Facebook took down the artist's original post, calling it "offensive."  You know what I find offensive?
* killing an unarmed man for Existing While Black
* leaving his corpse in the street for hours to terrorize the neighborhood
* using weapons banned for warfare against civilians
* assaulting and arresting journalists and protesters for exercising their civil rights
* censorship

Make news.  Make noise.  Make art, and sell it, and buy it.  Slip a caltrop under the jackboots of oppression.

I'm really glad to see other creators making cultural material inspired by this fiasco.  Mine was "Safety Rails," which is free for everyone to pass around in protest.


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I was touched by this review of Guardians of the Galaxy, about how an autistic viewer related to Drax the Destroyer. 

This is why I write what I write.  Everyone deserves a chance to see themselves reflected in entertainment.  Anyone can be a hero.  It's not even necessarily about having an exact match, but can be about having a given trait in common, especially if it's an uncommon one.  Diversity matters.  Representation matters.  And if you're writing diverse, quirky characters then you may wind up reaching an audience you never even thought up, just because you've covered the board really well.

I have An Army of One because one of my readers on the spectrum prompted for it, and other folks -- both neurovariant and neurotypical -- have asked for more.  I think that's awesome.  And the Lacuna has gone from starting with specifically neurovariant characters to embracing a wider variety of people who just don't fit well in normative society, so they're making their own, which is more inclusive.  I love that.

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