“ Aoi Shiba ” and denial of love and justice -a starting point of a disability movement and disability studies-. NAGASE Osamu [email protected] University of Tokyo UK Disability Studies Association 6 September 2003. Congratulations!.
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We recognize our position as "an existence which should not exist" in modern society. We believe that this recognition should be the starting point of our whole movement, and we act on this belief.
When we identify ourselves as people with CP, we have a will to protect ourselves. We believe that a strong self-assertion is the only way to achieve self-protection, and we act on this belief.
We condemn the egoism of love and justice. We believe that mutual understanding, accompanying the human observation that arises from the denial of love and justice, means true well-being, and we act on this belief.
We have learnt from our personal experiences that easy solutions to problems lead to dangerous compromises. We believe that an endless confrontation is the only course of action possible for us, and we act on this belief. (Kanagawa Aoi Shiba, 1970)
We recognize that modern civilization has managed to sustain itself only by excluding us, people with CP. We believe that creation of our own culture through our movement and daily life leads to the condemnation of modern civilization, and we act on this belief. (Yokotsuka, 1975)
(Hosting the Second World Council of DPI in Tokyo and Hiroshima, Peace Statement 1982)
(DPI Japan’s position paper on the Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons in 2003)
(partial English translation http://www.arsvi.com/index.htm)