Filed under: disability, Gardening, Justice, Politics, Scotland, Yes Scotland | Tags: democracy, General Election, Martin Luther King, NHS, right to vote, Russell Brand, Selma, Suffragettes, voting
Recently I went to the cinema to see ‘Selma’ the story of the 1965 campaign to allow African Americans to register to vote in the State of Georgia and of the march from Selma to Montgomery. This was not a campaign for the legal right to vote, Black people had already won that, but to prevent African Americans from unfairly being prevented from registering to vote. Some people today belittle the vote, however without being registered to vote one cannot be empannelled on a jury and so, in the courtrooms of the American South, Blacks were denied a jury of their peers because only Whites could sit on a jury, there being few registered Black voters. As we have seen in this country on women’s rights legislation is one thing, enforcement another.
Watching the discussion of the obstacles that local authorities placed in the way of Black voter registration showed how easily people of ill will can frustrate justice. The scene where Oprah Winfrey’s character was prevented ,yet again, from registering reminded me of the pettiness and maliciousness of the DWP and ATOS staff who enact Con/Dem coalition policies that target the poor and disabled, imposing sanctions and driving people to depend on foodbanks or resort to suicide. In LB Johnson we saw how politicians can frustrate progress from a desire not to upset voters, and in George Wallace, chillingly portrayed by Tim Roth, we saw the deliberate manipulation of legal loopholes to further personal prejudice. I found the scene in which J Edgar Hoover proposed to LBJ that they could kill Martin Luther King before they decided instead to try and destroy his marriage morally abhorrent. The Kings were subject for years to surveillance and harassment and then to cap it all Coretta Scott King was sent tapes of her husbands affairs. Perhaps my favourite moment of the film was when despite the despicable activities of the FBI she chose to forgive King and stand beside him in his hour of need, a more appropriate film for Valentine’s Day than ’50 Shades of Grey’!
In Selma people were prepared to be beaten and jailed for the right to vote, people were killed by racists both before and after the march to Montgomery, people put the right to be fully human before the right merely to survive. I remember after Nelson Mandela’s release when Black South Africans were allowed to vote for the first time watching old people, some in their nineties, queing for days to cast their vote for the first time. It is less than a century since we won universal suffrage in the United Kingdom and people struggled, fought and died for the vote, in the Twentieth Century women were beaten, jailed, force fed, and even killed campaigning for the right to vote. Our vote allows us to be fully members of our society. To people like Russell Brand, who belittle the vote, I say, “How dare you, people died for this vote? People suffered, people without your comfortable wealth suffered and fought for this vote. People struggled so that in 1945, just seventy years ago, the working people of Britain could return a government that established the welfare state and the NHS. It is by voting that we can hope to return a government that will prevent the destruction of the Welfare state and inaugurate a fairer electoral system, although that will entail ensuring the alliance of SNP, PC and Greens hold the balance of power in Westminster. It should also be remembered that the alternative to reform won peacefully through the ballot box is revolution.Your right to vote matters, your vote matters, don’t piss away what has been so dearly won, vote in May!
Filed under: autism, disability, personal development | Tags: depression, nlp, Richard Bandler, Sydney Banks, Three Principles
Why would I now find myself on the verge of sinking into another depression? It seems to have been started by last Sunday’s meltdown. I firmly believed I got my life under control, Kinetic Chain Release had broken my susceptibility to loud noises and my blue glasses, to photosensitivity; they also help me read pages without jumping backwards and forward and recognise faces as a whole rather than as a collection of pieces. I was in control and my meltdown stripped away any illusion of control.
I like to feel in control, I may know it’s really an illusion, but as long as I’m not reminded of that reality I am happy. I have invested so much energy to construct the illusion of control, that when it’s stripped away I find myself wondering why I bothered. The other big problem is that, because the illusion was constructed to prevent depression, when the illusion goes, the possibility of sinking into depression returns and so does the memory of being depressed. It is the memory of depression that makes suicide attractive.
However I must also accept that every time I have been depressed I have come through it. I know I have a pattern of recovery from depression. It occurs to me the language of depression is the language of powerlessness. If I say ‘I have been depressed’ I am saying SOMETHING depressed me. When the dread of powerlessness is so poignant it is little wonder depression is so dreadful! I am reminded of the Richard Bandler question, ‘How do you do being depressed?’ It turns the language of depression on its head and tells me I can only be depressed because I am doing ‘being depressed’. But I feel depressed. However 5 Banks would stay that those feelings just indicate that there is something wrong with my thinking. The most important thing is that I am still in a place where I can take action and I have the tools to do so. I choose not to do being depressed!
Filed under: autism, disability, Parenting, Politics | Tags: education, sexual abuse, special needs education
I don’t often reblog other people’s posts, but this is a real problem. The school appears, in my opinion, not only to be encouraging promiscuity, but making girls with special needs vulnerable to exploitation.