So, this November officially marks the half-way point of my sentence – which is pretty exciting. My infinite thanks go out to everyone who has shown their support, either directly or indirectly. While I do like getting letters from strangers, I am regrettably not always able to write back because a) envelopes cost money and b) I don’t always have the energy. Furthermore, I’m going to request that nobody send me any creepy/flirtatious mail. It’s fucking gross – if you send me anything containing comments about my appearance or other such lecherous “flattery”, not only will I not reply… I will also read your letter to the rest of the women on my cell block so we can assuage our boredom by laughing our asses off at you. Seriously, sending anything of that nature to a female prisoner just shows that you lack any notion of true political solidarity. It’s also condescending as hell.
In other news, a new poem of mine is published in the current issue of Goblin Fruit magazine and my two most recent articles are available in the current print editions of Iconoclast and OBSOLETE! Magazine. The former, which my partner and I co-wrote, is about why the rhetoric of “ethical consumerism” is not necessarily conducive to animal liberation or environmental sustainability, and the latter is an interview with Canadian painter Martha Eileen about her ongoing fight against the institutionalization of people with disabilities. To learn more about the present and historical abuse and neglect of people with disabilities in Canada’s health care and education systems, check out the group People First of Canada, or author and activist AJ Withers’ home page, Still My Revolution. While I will soon enough be free from incarceration, this is unfortunately not the case for countless people, both in Canada and worldwide, whose only crime is having been born different from what society deems “able bodied.”
If you’re curious about what day to day life in jail is like, check out Mandy Hiscocks’ blog, Bored But Not Broken. She’s also a G20 prisoner, and she posts regular updates on the riveting events here at the Vanier Centre For Women.