Crip wisdom, Gender and Self-Care for Social Justice

Crip wisdom, Gender and Self-Care for Social Justice
Gender Stories Podcast, hosted by Alex Iantaffi
Nov. 4, 2018
Podcast available on ITunes, Spotify, GooglePlay and other podcast listening platforms.

“In this episode, the amazing Naomi Ortiz discusses her contribution to the new anthology “Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People,” edited by Alice Wong.

Illustration by artist Micah Bazant featuring a midnight blue sky with little white stars. Below is a log with mushrooms growing out of it in multiple shapes and colors. Text reads: ‘Resistance & Hope, Essays by Disabled People, Crip Wisdom for the People, Edited by Alice Wong, Disability Visibility Project.’ The o in ‘Hope’ looks like a full moon.
Illustration by artist Micah Bazant

This anthology includes 16 essays by 17 disabled writers, activists, & artists. As Alice twitted “This is crip wisdom for the people!” Naomi’s chapter is titled, Self-Care When Things Shatter.

Naomi Ortiz is a facilitator, writer, poet, and visual artist who cracks apart common beliefs and spills out beauty. Naomi is a nationally known writer, speaker and trainer on self-care, disability justice, and living in multiple worlds (intersectionality). She is a Disabled, Mestiza (Latina/Indigenous/White), raised in Latinx culture, living in the U.S./Mexico borderlands.

Naomi’s book, Sustaining Spirit: Self Care for Social Justice invites readers to delve into what self-care means in their lives by exploring the relationships between body, mind, spirit, heart, and place to integrate self-care to survive and thrive. Caring about the world should not burn us out. Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice shows us how to balance activism with self-care. “Every page of this spiritual book is a gift, full of poignant stories, poetic metaphors, insightful questions, and practical suggestions to sustain ourselves as activists over the long-term.” – Lisa Hoffman, International Human Rights activist. To find out more about Naomi, you can visit:, follow her on Twitter @ThinkFreestyle and on Instagram @NaomiOrtizWriterArtist
To find out more about and order the anthology edited by Alice Wong, please visit”: 

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