Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I will never stop fighting to leave this world a better place than I found it.

My family and I live in USDA rural development housing and just yesterday we had an inspection by the USDA people from D.C. They only come once every 3 years and this has been our first USDA inspection and as far as we know we passed the inspection.

The USDA housing has been a great help because it's given my partner and I a safe place to establish our family. We have always payed our rent on time and been good tenants and our complex manager likes us and wants to see us be able to afford our own home one day. she suggested that we look into rural Development  grants and low interest home loans for low income folks who want to buy their own home.

 We plan on moving to western NC by fall semester of 2017 if I get accepted to Appalachian State. Cost of living is higher there and it's going to take all the help we can get if we ever hope to own our own home in Boone. I feel like if we don't do this now we'll never get the chance to.

My partner has really brought out the best in me and although our family can be dysfunctional at times we know that we really love each other. This is why I do what I do, I don't want to be some superstar activist I just want to make sure that I can provide for my children both materially and emotionally. I'm always trying to improve because I never feel like I'm doing enough for my kids because I'm cranky all the time from constantly being anxious and I'm having a hard time attending to their emotional needs because I am constantly on edge with anxiety about having to take care of their materially needs. I'm horribly out of balance with myself and I'm trying to find a way to change it. I think moving to the mountains would help me to get over this hump in my recovery from anxiety and depression. No matter how exhausted I get I will never stop fighting for my family. They are all that I have in this world and I'm going to stick by them no matter what.

Monday, September 5, 2016

We Can Live Without Gasoline, But We Can't Live Without Water! #NoDAPL

The other day the Dakota Access pipeline blockade at Standing Rock was attacked by private security guards sent on behalf of the oil company trying to build the pipeline. The company that is responsible for this barbaric attack against these peaceful water protectors must know that this is not acceptable. I looked up the phone number to their corporate office and I'm trying to organize a call in so we can flood the lines with people telling them that we would rather have clean drinking water than cheap gas, because water is essential for life and gas is not.
Here is the contact information for investors relations. Let's flood their offices with calls of support for the indigenous resistors so that they know that we are behind them and that they wont stop us from protecting life giving resources. We can live without gas, but we can't live without water!  

 Investor Relations

8111 Westchester Drive
Dallas, TX 75225

Also: Information on the private security company that attacked the water protectors yesterday. Please feel free to give them a call. New info: The 'security' company is identified: 10-Code LLC, is a North Dakota Petroleum Council member. "Unicorn Riot has learned that the Bismarck, ND based security company “10-Code LLC” has been retained by Energy Transfer to provide the physical means to attempt forcing through this construction project; local community members believe DAPL jeopardizes their future survival by increasing risk of catastrophic environmental damage to the Missouri River basin. 10-Code LLC is registered with the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board. Its info: Kilde, Steven PI# 547 Agency# 830 10-Code, LLC 539 Airport Road Bismarck, ND 58504 Phone # 701-425-2771

I want to take Labor Day To Raise Awareness About Poverty In The Disability Community

According to the bureau of labour statistics in 2015 only 17.5 % of disabled people were employed as compared to 65% of the abled population. This means that for every 100 disabled people looking for a job only 17 of them could find a job, and out of those 17 that could find a job we don't know how many of them are underpaid and still have to rely on government assistance to get by. Poverty is a serious issue in the disability community.

I live in USDA rural development housing with my wife and 2 kids and off of a 8,800 dollars a year SSI income. If we save over the asset cap we lose the SSI and have no income at all. If we try to save up for a car then we will be penalized and without the SSI and subsidized housing we would be homeless. I am grateful that we have enough to provide for our family while I figure out how I'm going to make it in this world as an autistic man with a neurodivergent family.

This labor day I want to take the time to thank all the people that are out there tirelessly working to make this world a better place for disabled people trying to find their way in an ableist world. I am thankful to know so many people who aren't just willing to accept things the way that they are, because I'm not willing to just accept things the way that they are either.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Updated List Of Supplies Needed At The Standing Rock Pipeline Blockade

Needed Supplies
  • Tents

  • Banners, sheets 

  • Battery-AA, D, C



  • Cigarettes-Marlboro reds and camels

  • Folding tables



  • Lanterns, flashlights, LED lights


  • Lighter, matches


  • Material for tobacco ties (All Colors)





  • Rain coats, ponchos

  • Ropes, Tie Downs

  • Solar chargers for electronic devices

  • Solar panels, inverter


  • Sweaters (ESP. XL-3X)


  • Tarps

  • Tipi and Tipi poles 

  • Walkie talkies, CB radios

  • Water buffalo 

  • Water Jugs

  • Work gloves, all sizes



    SHIP TO:
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
    attn: Johnelle Leingang
    North Standing Rock Ave
    Fort Yates, North Dakota, 58538