Friday, October 06, 2006

Resist – Refuse to be a victim

Despite the efforts of some who would wish to make us think we are powerless, it is important that we refuse these messages. We are not powerless. We have made it this far and there are no obstacles that can obstruct the truth.

We have the right to speak.

We have the right to claim our rightful place in society.

We have the right to be heard.

We have every right to stand proud. Ours is a noble cause.

We have proved that we can resist and reject society’s shameful and stigmatizing exclusion of us. We have proved the content of our character.

We are winners. That is the message that we in OII-USA would like to send to our allies and supporters from all over the world who are joining us in our struggle against those who would pathologize us and not listen to us.

We have received support from Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Israel, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Sweden, India, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and from many different groups and organizations around the world. We wish to thank them from the depths of our heart and let them know that with their help:

We are winners and we will win.

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