Disabled Refugees, Alabama v. Black Midwives, Hip-hop’s Selective Resistance
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At the intersection of ableism and anti-immigrant bigotry sits this horrifying center in the UK for disabled asylum seekers. Stories of the privately-run center include people who cannot leave or go to the bathroom because they have no wheelchairs or other mobility aids, a woman begging for food around the neighborhood because the facility barely feeds her, and at least one death due to the building having absolutely no healthcare staff. One local Brit attacked a resident on the street for not speaking English. As the above-linked article notes, this state of affairs results from the feverish anti-immigrant sentiment in Britain and the austerity of British conservatives when it comes to social services. Let us pray against the idols that repeat these patterns of nationalist and ableist oppression globally, and pray for the many volunteer workers from the community around the asylum facility trying to fill in the service gaps created by apathy and hatred.
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