When we teach oppression and struggle without also teaching the joy of resistance...we miss the mark.
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Last night, I heard about something really unfair that had happened to a middle schooler I know (let's call him Will). One of his classmates thought it would be "funny" to tell the police that Will was planning to commit a violent act, and the police showed up at their house at night, scaring everyone. The police believed Will that he was not planning such an act, but since then, Will has been ostracized from his friend group and the student who called in a false police report has not yet gotten in trouble. I wish I could help because, honestly, I am well-and-truly tired of justice not being served.
I'm sure we could all brainstorm a passel of situations that we would like to see fairly resolved. Today's poem is about something that I would like to kick butt about, but I'm having to be patient-ish. It was written by my older daughter, Ariana.
a found poem
by Ariana Yeatts-Lonske
- the next step of the appeal process is the external review
- the external review has already begun
- a peer to peer call is the next step
- we don't have your name in the system
- what medication is this about again?
- how do you spell that?
- how do you pronounce that?
- you can speak to the person who made the decision
- no one, not even us, can speak to the person who made the decision
- a pharmacist made the decision
- only a medical director could make the decision
- yes, the denial letter is signed by us but we don't have anything to do with this
- let me transfer you
- let me put you on a brief hold
- your medication is already approved through May!
- your medication has already been denied the maximum number of times
- someone on your care team should know the answer
- you need to ask your doctor
- you need to ask your insurance
- no, I don't know Dante
- I can't see anything here
- if you have any questions, call us
We can't only be stressed...we've also got to laugh about it. You have to rejuvenate for kicking butt another day. A little more about joy as resistance: Let 2023 be the year of disabled joy by Lucy Webster and The Black Joy Project. (You've probably heard about the benefits of journaling.)