Anti-Trumpcare disabled Activist to Ted Cruz: You Will Not Feast On Our Living Flesh! (VIDEO)
Indivisible Houston held an Anti-Trumpcare protest against Ted Cruz at his Houston, Texas downtown office.
Several dozen community members showed up with signs, testimonials, and speeches. Maria R. Palacios, a disabled woman in a wheelchair, wrote a poem/essay that excelled in the perspective it provided. She closed her essay with a prescient statement that encapsulates the state of the healthcare debate on the left. I took the liberty to modify a couple of words to relay the parallel. At least regular vultures wait until final demise, but the political kind with promoting policies like Trumpcare will eat us alive unless they see the torch of our advocacy well lit and burning hot with the flame of activism.
It is clear that the Graham-Cassidy instantiation of Trumpcare was a disaster. Trump is vowing to bring it back up for reconciliation next year. Activists cannot go to sleep. Americans must stay alert.
Maria R. Palacios at Indivisible Hoiston’s Anti-Trumpcare rally
Maria R. Palacios’ essay follows.
You Will Not Feast On Our Living Flesh!
by Maria R. Palacios
We are here today because
although, yet again,
we won another battle,
we are still at war.
We are still in danger.
who tried to scratch Medicaid
out of the fabric of our American rights
are still out there,
sharpening their claws
and plotting another attack
on the lives of disabled people –on the lives
of some of our most vulnerable citizens who,
are sentenced to death
or to a life of segregation –a life
where real solutions are thrown away
as if our disabled lives did not matter.
But we do matter. Our lives are not
for wealthy politicians to throw away.
Our lives, our bodies, our healthcare rights
do not belong
no matter how disposable
they may see as to be
through their lens of indifference…
through their lens of able-bodied privilege
that leads them to believe
they have the right
to take our rights away.
That’s why we are here today…
because we know that unless we continue
to raise our voices,
they will believe they have silenced us.
We are here today because we want them to know
they cannot and WILL NOT silence us!
our voices and our chants
will continue to be heard,
and we will go ahead and keep fighting –fighting
for the right to exist as we all resist
and speak up.
and look up
or whatever other label you want to slap
over our differences, WE
will keep coming back.
We will keep fighting for our lives
because for us, this fight means that.
For many disabled people, it means the difference
between living and dying!
Without Medicaid, many disabled lives are thrown away,
or thrown in a hole and buried alive, and our rights are swept
under the rug of bigotry and ableism.
But the truth is,
no matter how hard they try to extinguish us,
how much they may try to eliminate us, or change us
into something we’re not,
no matter how hard they may try, they will never succeed.
disabled people will always exist because nobody,
and I mean NOBODY,
is immune to disability.
Disability is part of life
whether we like it or not.
One day, they, too, will be like us.
But despite this truth,
WE, the disabled people they are trying to kill,
cannot sit around and wait
for life’s natural course
to lead them into the awareness of our rights.
So we continue to fight,
and we continue to share
Our advocacy never rests because we know
the minute it does, the vultures in political power
who pretend to care about our disabled lives
will hover over us
and tear the flesh out of our healthcare rights.
At least regular vultures wait
until final demise,
but the political kind will eat us alive
unless they see the torch of our advocacy
and burning hot
with the flame of activism.
Originally published at EgbertoWillies.com.