The Eagle: Love The Mantra: I Love
The Programs: Disability Rights & Support
The Teaching: Love is the act of doing your best for yourself and others. This includes doing your best for YOURSELF and your health. Know your limits concerning your body and the life around you. Your best will change from day to day, but when you have done your best, there is no place for self-doubt. You can express love to your family, friends, and community through your actions and words. Love is also a mix of feelings and actions that show a deep liking for someone or something. Deep feelings can be for family and friends, not just romantic partners. Love yourself when you feel like no one cares, there is always someone that does. Love the people and the creatures of the world. We are never too busy to be kind, caring, and patient even when it’s hard to love what you do and do what you love. Don’t get lost in the difficult times because there’s always something to love and feel good about. Love does not want what belongs to others and it does not break, become angry, or keep track of what others have done wrong. Love is unconditional and infinite. Love is the intangible embrace of life.
Application & Leadership:
Every time we act or relate to someone, we act out of love. We have assigned Love to our Disability Support programs because they were designed by and for disabled and incarcerated communities. The Love programs serve as a connection between two very isolated parts of the TGNCI/LGBTQA+ community: disabled folks and incarcerated trans people. The ways disabled folks are violently treated by the medical-industrial complex are comparable to how criminalized folks are violently treated by the prison industrial complex. It is because of these shared experiences that we have found common ground to build a foundation of solidarity. Incarcerated folks are also frequently disabled, as members of intersectional marginalized communities tend to be. Supporting the disabled incarcerated community is vital to improving the quality of life for our community and reducing recidivism.
Partnership Collaboration Programming:
- Smoke Signals Pen Pal program
- Disability Incarceration support
- Prison accountability
- Assistance with Disability Applications
- Research – School to Prison Pipeline – the connection between disenfranchised communities, un-diagnosed learning disabilities, and the prison industrial complex