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Short film about disability civil rights leaders in San Francisco

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SF remains the boom-town of opportunity and culture for people with disabilities. It sounds simplistic...but I think we need to add...more poetry, more accessible, day-to-day language to the disability rights movement, so that the culture in SF can really take hold in other places. Many people watching this video will get the general message, but not really understand the definition of the ADA or the 504 that these activists make reference to. In this way, the cause stays segregated in academic memory. (If you do want to get down to the technicalities of those terms, you can always read up on them at ada.gov.)



This film was made by the Paul K. Longmore Institute at San Francisco State University. Paul was a good friend pf mine who passed away unexpectedly a couple years ago. He was a scholar and a cultural commentator, possessing VHS tapes of over two decades worth of telethons for MS, juvenile arthritis, polio, etc. He was in the process of writing a book about the way the telethon c…

the bodpoe, Summer 2015

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the body poetik was named for Walt Whitman's  famous "I Sing the Body Electric"
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” A great poet of the flesh is Seth Taylor, of Po…

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