by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
“More and more people are coming out about having chemical sensitivities, or what some folks refer to as chemical injury. There are many of your friends who have asthma, have MCS, have been through chemo, etc, who don’t mention it cause they don’t feel entitled or want to get in a fight, but if you cut down on scents, they will be really happy. A lot of people are chemically injured through doing industrial labor- cleaning houses, using or being exposed to pesticides as farmworkers, and growing up in neighborhoods with a lot of industrial pollution. Chemical sensitivity is a POC issue.”
"This tribe called “Women of Color” is not an ethnicity. It is one of the inventions of solidarity, an alliance, a political necessity that is not the given name of every female with dark skin and a colonized tongue, but rather a choice about how to resist and with whom."
[having care, having access to needs like medication and pain alleviation are basic human rights. any denial of that is abusive and dehumanizing. pain is pain and supportive care is necessary for our political communities and chosen families. how do we create real communities of care for one another? we are just creating these social justice models daily and we have to share them with one another.]