Sunday, November 18, 2007

FRIDA Activities Update

Hi folks, believe it or not, although our blog has been quiet the last few weeks, we've been busy as heck! This month marks FRIDA's second anniversary and on Tuesday, November 27 from 3 pm to 7 pm we are celebrating with our first ever FRIDAfest. It will be at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Avenue. We'll be doing a potluck, auction of FRIDA-made art items (including FRIDA dolls!), general fun-making, and...........

We'll be unveiling the FRIDA official website!!!! Oh my gawd!!! Thanks to the Crossroads Foundation and the ever poptacular cripfeminist Joe Hall, we'll finally have a one-stop shop for those looking for info about FRIDA.

So what's been happening this month is we're writing content for our website and we've been making MORE tshirts and having a couple of art making evenings where we've been making FRIDA art that wil go up for auction. We're just getting ready for a full-blown FRIDAhood event! So come and join us if you'll be in Chicago!

Memory lane pit stop: People often ask how FRIDA got started. Well...a couple years ago, six women who worked for Access Living got sick and tired of the crap we saw happening to women with disabilities in the news and we basically decided to start having brown bag lunches talking about different topics. Before long that snowballed into a town hall...which snowballed into direct action campaigns...which snowballed into the national network of feminists and the official Chicago group known as FRIDA today. Mighty oaks really do spring from tiny acorns.

So keep an eye out for our new site at the end of the month (I'm praying this will work out as announced!) and if we're a little quiet this month it's cuz we're gonna explode on November 27!

PS: If anyone out there has any interest in starting a FRIDA chapter, please e-mail me at Ambity(at)
PPS: If you're wondering what's up with Linda who so often posts, she's been in Chicago the last few days at a disability biocultures conference! Congratulations on presenting Linda! Thank you for all the work you do on this blog!

Amber Smock