Project Cleigh

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In Little Acts of Degradation, Cal Montgomery explains what Project Cleigh is and how people can participate by sending in descriptions of similar acts in their lives. Figured I should let anyone reading this blog know about it.

I’m going to send stuff in, but it’s difficult. First these things seem to occur so often I don’t know where or how to begin. And second — and this is one of those acts in and of itself — my main staff person is so determinedly apolitical that, every time one of these things happens, she frantically comes up with some reason that it really didn’t happen, or really needed to happen, or really wasn’t what I think it was, some reason that makes it the personal quirk of a person that day rather than an overall pattern, because she’s determined (and has said so) not to see certain overall patterns. So I’ve given up talking about these things as they are happening because in her I will as often as not find an excuser rather than an ally, and then I have two problems rather than one on my hands.

So it will be interesting to try to figure out which of these to type up, and then to type them. And I’d urge others with stories like these to send them to Cal for this project.

Tags: disability politics degradation discrimination raggededge calmontgomery

About Mel Baggs

Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods. Crochet or otherwise create constantly and compulsively. Write poetry and paint when I can. Physically and cognitively disabled. Anything you hear in the media or gossip is likely to be oversimplified at best and wildly inaccurate at worst, the only way to get to know me is to actually know me. I'm not really part of any online faction or another, even ones that claim me as a member. The thing in the world most important to me is having love and compassion for other people, although I don't always measure up to my own standards there by a longshot. And individual specific actions and situations and contexts matter a lot more to me than broadly-spoken abstract words and ideas about a topic. My father died a couple years ago and that has changed my life a lot in ways that are still evolving, but I wear a lot of his clothes and hats every day since he died and have shown no sign of stopping soon.

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