Emily Has Tourette’s. She Needs You to Hear This.

  Imagine protesting, in front of a line of cops, while your involuntary tic disorder forces you to say: Fuck pigs! Wankers! Woo! …Right in the officer’s faces.     Should people with conditions like that, or other serious physical or neurological disabilities, protest with XR on the streets?     Meet Emily, from XR Glasgow. Emily was diagnosed with Tourette’s in 2018, and now has to worry, every time she steps out in public, that she’s going to get kicked out of a coffee shop, taunted by fellow bus passengers, accused of bigotry, or whispered about in an […]

Disability’s Seat at the Nonviolence Table: Thoughts from a Rebel-Vicar in a Wheelchair

Can a Wheelchair Stop Violence? “You are visibly, tangibly vulnerable, so I think it adds weight to the nonviolence…The chair speaks, so I try to make it an icon, a prophetic witness of vulnerability and power.” LONDON–I encounter Zoe, a Vicar in the Church of England, after stumbling upon the outer edges of a Eucharist service in the center of Trafalgar Square. Three priests light candles and lead prayers in front of a makeshift altar, while behind them a Samba band beats a mix of excitement and nervous tension into your stomach. Police officers’ yellow jackets, lining up across […]