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(en) Italy, Sicilia Libertaria, Nov. 23: Disability Pride Palermo: FREE TO DIVERGE! (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 28 Nov 2023 09:27:33 +0200

Towards Disability Pride and beyond... all ableism_ The event was born in Boston in 1990 to claim the pride of people with disabilities, in the footsteps of the LGBTQIA+ movement, against all discrimination and spread, landing in Sicily in 2015 with Carmelo Comisi in Ragusa and province, then in Palermo, on a permanent basis, at the Cantieri Culturali della Zisa in 2016, to then parade in Naples in 2017 and in the center of Rome until 2021 with various international twinnings with New York and Brighton and with Dakar, the Senegal project he left from Genoa. The Disability Pride Network, the informal network that coordinates the movement, has thus decided to spread across the territories, organizing this 2023 edition with marches in 7 cities, with Palermo as the last stop after Turin, Genoa, Milan, Taranto, Rome and Bologna.

The Sicilian promoting committee was consolidated through the segment with allegorical Lapa at Palermo Pride on June 24th and the assemblies at Officina del Popolo and Spazio Maldusa of the A.P.I. group. - Accessibility Pride/Inclusive Parties - characterized by the color yellow and black, which provides support and safe zones during demonstrations, events and festivals, for participants with physical, sensorial and neurodivergent disabilities, with banquets on harm reduction and against gender violence set up together with Smash Repression Sicilia and Non Una Di Meno

Among the various initiatives to approach Disability Pride: summer camps for highly accessible transport in Val di Susa and against large useless works at the No Ponte procession in Messina; the hanging of the banner "Health is inalienable" at the regional department; the debates with the authors Claudia Maltese of the manual Antiabilist Deconstruction and Maria Lucia Parisi of the book Vedremo, activist member of the Blind and Visually Impaired Union of Reggio Calabria; the 'nightlife carriage' at the Ballarò Buskers, which really put the crew's wheels to the test.

From the political document of the DP PA 2023_ Today the phenomena of exclusion and discrimination affect people with disabilities and all subjectivities that diverge from the idea of the norm. For this reason we need to unite, through the intersectionality of struggles, against creeping ableism, against racism, homomobilesbotransphobia and against the patriarchy that militarizes society and foments wars, which are the primary cause of disability[...]In 2023 it is not conceivable that there are physical and cultural barriers to the enjoyment of goods and services, it is not possible that everyone will not be allowed to access education and work[...]and personalized Independent Living paths, which satisfy the particular needs of assistance and aids of each person, with strategies for the autonomy of people with disabilities, through deinstitutionalization, anti-psychiatric and anti-marginalization approaches for those 'inmates' at home[the so-called human heritage of Nunesco, Editor's note][...]Disability and sexuality must no longer represent an oxymoron, but a stigma can be deconstructed by starting to say that all bodies and all minds have the right to like, to like themselves and to experience pleasure.

We are decerebrat*, crippled*, orb*, deaf*, lame*, spastic*, we are matt*, we are queer and we are not ashamed of it, we send the insults directed at us back to the sender and make them our own. No shame, no surrender. No pietism and full protagonism. #disabilitypridepalermo

21 October from thematic working tables to the anti-war procession_ In the Palermo committee the neurodivergent component, in optimal contrast to the other disability prides, was immediately the protagonist of the success of the days by aggregating a large participation to Zisa at the 'Invisible Disabilities and Neurodivergence' table ' of the morning coordinated by Rosario Becchina, even more animated at the arrival of the councilor for social activities Rosalia Pennino, who passed the ball of the next topic 'Architectural and sensorial barriers' to the competent councilor Maurizio Carta, who did not come to the afternoon table, but perhaps he will find time to address the issue once the treasure streets and ports for luxury yachts have been inaugurated. The 'Independent Living: between assistance and Autonomy' table on personalized projects calibrated to individual needs/dreams closed the dense sessions, the reports and videos of which are on the social pages.

But the day could only end when a Disabili Pirata Crew delegation reached the anti-war procession at Leonardo, beyond the checkpoints, with Amat buses, to reiterate that the billions that finance weapons and intelligence must be allocated to healthcare and research, "Stop military spending, stop healthcare cuts" on the banner, "More services, fewer secrets" on the sign.

22 October: all together at the parade!_ Departure from Piazza Politeama with the train and volunteers in the lead, with at least 500 cheering people following, many from outside the island. First stop, a full slot of interventions gave time to the installation of the PEACE Ramp*, made of wood, earth and straw, symbolically in front of the Teatro Massimo, demonstrating that direct intervention on a barrier is often more agile. It's liberating to cross Via Maqueda, making your way between the tables shouting "Don't be discouraged, tear down the barriers!" and "Against ableism, no pietism: Independent Life, protagonism!". On the 4 songs the notes of Cous Cous Cumbia gave way to the drums of Sambazita from Catania for the rendezvous with the 7th edition of the Ballarò Buskers festival, this year entitled 'Healing spaces and Care of spaces' and the partnership will continue announces the promoter Marco Sorrentino in Piazza Pretoria, where we continued with the divergent fashion show presented by the Godmother and model Federica Bambaci from Messina and Domenico Pecoraro from Prizzi. A successful event, but with unexpected expenses to make up for the lack of local services, including larger chemical toilets along the route, which can be paid for by booking the t-shirts on the productionidalbasso.com website

*(description: installation of the PACE ramp in Piazza Verdi, the Teatro Massimo in the background)

Post-Pride: the PEBA Plans for the Elimination of Architectural Barriers_ should be adopted by every Municipality from 1987, under penalty of ad acta regional commissionership, and then implemented. The regions themselves should allocate the funds to implement them, while they remain ignored everywhere, two municipalities in Lazio, Pomezia and Santa Marinella, have been convicted of discrimination and Brussels is also infringing the Italian government for not having implemented these rules. ... Break Down Barriers has been providing technical and legal assistance for Universal Accessibility for 7 years now so that PEBAs are put on the agenda of the political agendas, in Palermo and in the villages from the coast to the hinterland. Design for all, co-planning includes those directly interested, the real stakeholders, i.e. disabled people, elderly people, family members and caregivers. The figures of the guarantor, disability managers in the public and private sectors or other commissions that concern disabilities must include at least 2/3 people with disabilities 'Nothing about us without us'. Even in universities, where DAD is no longer guaranteed to students with disabilities, despite the decree of the rector obtained with difficulty, the university guidelines for teachers on disabilities and neurodiversity were presented on 25 October, without providing for the presence and interventions of disabled students... but this will be the next chapter!

(barrier at Notarbartolo station: tactile path and ramp blocked by bollards for motorcycles)

Giacomo Sicurello - Break down the barriers in Sicily

Memberships: disabilitypridepalermo@gmail.com

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