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What can we do, as chronically ill people? We are often not people who can plan and lead marches. We generally cannot work long hours. Many of us have trouble with phone calls due to anxiety. Many of us are poor and cannot donate or purchase supplies.

Here's what we can do.
Link sharing of important information, research and fact-checking.
Emotional labor, such as telling people we care for them, leaving supportive comments, linking to cute animal pictures and music.
Listening to people's troubles. Using Skype and calling our friends. Sometimes you understand something so much better when you describe it to someone else; you can think through a problem when you talk to someone.
Sending packages or notes in the mail.
Producing fanfic, fanworks, art, etc. Journaling. Creating. Letting our voices be heard. Reminding the world that we exist.
Wearing buttons-- making ourselves and our positions visible to the world.
Starting conversations. Being allies as best we can.
Sharing what resources and skills we have. For instance cooking, proof reading, pet sitting.
Taking care of ourselves and each other, because survival is essential. Reminding others to do self-care. Affix your own oxygen mask before assisting others.

Date: 2016-11-18 12:58 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
These are good plans. I approve.

Date: 2016-11-18 04:12 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
I've also been making my invisible disabilities more visible, particularly on Facebook.

Date: 2016-11-20 08:16 am (UTC)
cesy: "Cesy" - An old-fashioned quill and ink (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesy
Ooh, good idea.

Date: 2016-11-18 09:25 am (UTC)
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
I was thinking that people who can make art potentially have a special role as "propagandists" -- for example, someone could make a t-shirt design that's anti-Trump (or pro-choice, or anti-racism, or any of the other relevant issues here), upload it onto one of the t-shirt manufacture sites like Zazzle or Cafepress, and donate any profits to a good cause (the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, etc.).

(This is also one of those things where labour could be divided among people across the internet -- maybe one person can make art, another person has the spoons for handling uploading it and dealing with organizational issues, etc.)

Date: 2016-11-20 08:17 am (UTC)
cesy: "Cesy" - An old-fashioned quill and ink (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesy
For the emotional labour one, going through the last love meme at [personal profile] kaberett's and sending everyone nice stuff could be good.

Date: 2016-11-21 11:51 pm (UTC)
randomling: A wombat. (Default)
From: [personal profile] randomling
Thanks for this! ♥


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