Jul. 26th, 2017

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Editorial: Remembering the importance of life 1 year after Sagamihara killings

Quote 1:
Uematsu, 27, has yet to go on trial over the killings, and central elements such as how he came to hold the irrational [sic]* motive for his crime -- that the disabled are not valuable enough to live -- have not yet been divulged.

Survivors of the attack are now living temporarily at a facility in Yokohama and elsewhere. Many of them are said to still suffer from the trauma of the horrendous incident.

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Quote 2:
The prefectural government has now proposed opening new, smaller facilities in Sagamihara and Yokohama in four years' time. Building small, homely group facilities would open more options, officials say. Time will be spent on checking the opinions of disabled people to decide where they will live.

The group representing families has expressed firm resistance to this proposal**...

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*Eugenics is morally wrong, but, given the bigotry we are all force-fed from birth, like a goose whose liver is destined to be pâté -- it can hardly be called "irrational."

**The government is not even proposing sending the survivors back to live with their families, only building new, smaller, group homes closer to their communities. ...And the residents' families are still protesting. What a nightmare to survive the horrors of that night, only to realize how much your own families do not want you.

...And next year, Tokyo will host the Paralympics.

...I feel slightly sick, right now.
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(Since my 50% discount is only available at Lulu.com)

In honor of both the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1st anniversary of the killings in Sagamihara, Japan, I've set up a giveaway of my poetry chapbook, Monsters' Rhapsody: Disability, Culture, & Identity. It's running this week only: from July 26 - August 2 2017.

Open to: Residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, aged 18 and older.

Number of Prizes Available (in honor of the fact that 15% of humans have a disability) 15 14.

Chances of winning (because 15% is about 1 in 8): 1 in 8

Good luck! Click below:

Monsters Free to a Good Home

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