R.I.P. Laura Hershey

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Laura Hershey, a well-known disability rights activist, is dead. I don’t even know how to respond, it was so unexpected and I’d always looked up to her. I’d like to do a memorial post with lots of links to her writing and how it influenced me and all that, but for now all I can do is say that she died, I can’t think beyond that yet.

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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  1. OH!
    I don’t know what to add either.
    I will miss her voice (when I say her voice, I mean what she had to say and how she sayed it!)
    I had discovered her text for the first time thanks to you… some month ago.
    It was good to know that there were people like her in this world.

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