Sandra Gail Lambert

Sandra Gail Lambert—A white woman in her sixties on a nature trail. She is seated in a power wheelchair that is titled back with the feet extended into the air—a sort of hammock.
Sandra Gail Lambert—A white woman in her sixties on a nature trail. She is seated in a power wheelchair that is titled back with the feet extended into the air—a sort of hammock.

 

Why I’m joining the Disability March: Anti-apartheid and nuclear weapon plant protests and a civil disobedience arrest in the 80s in Atlanta and Aiken, S.C., the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay and then Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Rights in 1979, 1986, and 1993, a 1991 Orlando ADAPT protest against the nursing home industry’s stranglehold on Medicare funds that led to three days in jail, local Black Lives Matter, post-election Freedom From Fear, and Pride marches—I’ve showed up with first my braces and crutches, then a manual chair, and then power chairs of graduating heft and size.
 
And now our country is threatened again. What with the attacks on disabled children in Texas and Florida, I’d say that people with disabilities are especially and already threatened, but there is no hierarchy here. We and the planet itself are all especially threatened. But I won’t be physically attending this march. It wasn’t even a question or hard choice. I have no regret or envy. I know what I can do and what resources I have to work with.
 
So far I’m helping to edit “Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival,” an anthology with the idea of re-remembering the strategies of change and protest that have worked before. And I’m part of a pulling together a local Writers With Disabilities workshop to help widen networks of support. And there’s a city commissioner here in town with concrete, practical plans for reducing poverty—I might sign on to his campaign.
 
And here I am, because of the creativity and determination of those who thought up this Disability March, present with my people for the Women’s March on Washington. 
 
 
Bio: Sandra Gail Lambert writes fiction and memoir that is often about the body and its relationship to the natural world.  Her work has received Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations and has been accepted into The Southern Review, New LettersBrevity, Water~Stone, Hippocampus, the North American Review, and DIAGRAM. The River’s Memory (Twisted Road/2014) is her debut novel. www.sandragaillambert.com     

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