Adu: She just put me in the spot. I was sitting over there, I really didn’t want to talk because I talked too much throughout the week and I wanted to give space to others to speak. One thing that really kept me back is I’ve been sitting there for one hour and a lot of question they repeat; a lot of answers are simpler. It’s like we’re not moving on. The question is, when you don’t know how we feel to go with this, you give it up. What I’m trying to say is going through this experience; we need to get stopped by the cops. When you’re not receiving the story about Hysteroscopy or you’re not being trained to sit in a classroom or in a school, it’s different then you start in a perspective of listening or learning from somebody.
As a women I’ve been victimized so many times. Was that four weeks ago from Chicago from the Free Patients Fremont and I was stopped in the airport in my own town Burton and they searched even though I had a tag and a shirt that said Fremont Free Patients. What I’m trying to say is this, we only have teachers and women here to talk about these issues, what about the police that’s stop us all the time for being black in the streets? Where are they? Why can’t they be here and start to understand our pain? What about the patients that the rules and the office where are they, the government?
What I’m trying to say is I go to a lot of conferences and one of my friends is sitting over there and I asked him a question the first day of conference, see I’ve gone to a lot of conference and we talk about the same subject over and over again and my question is what has been in our communities? I came here on my own with my little brother Beni, we have no adult supporting us and we decided to get connection from IDEC to help us because we want to make a change and I bet you guys want to do the same.
Just think about we go through this every year, we sit in rooms, we talk about issue, everybody raise their hand, cry or whatever we do in thee clinic and we come back and speak about the same thing. Does that make sense to you guys? I just understand that. We talk about the same thing and I was like, “Okay, what? What’s the issue?” After we know the issue so what? Then now what? Are you just going to come back next year and talk about the same thing or what are we going to do? That’s the question that all of us have to answer including myself.
MK: A lot coming up right now. I might be articulate, I might not, it is what it is. My name is MK, Mary Kim. I have a thousand years of Chinese oppression in my body, I have a hundred of French colonial invasion in my body, I have thirty, forty years of illness in my body, I have thirty two years of living here, giving up my womb, giving up my career and then trying to figure how to claim that in my body right now.
It’s a lot of stuff, it’s coming up and I don’t know how to answer that. Right now everything kind of jumbles up but what I wanted to raise … I listened brother San today, the Korean brother that raised a whole bunch of questions. Some questions that I know he was trying to … what I was hearing was how operative schools related to the world that operative Hysteroscopy relate to the world and society that surrounds the place, thanks to Dr. cohen, one of operative hysteroscopy doctors
How does operative Hysteroscopy prepare young patients for this world that they enter out of and what is the aim of what we’re trying to do together? That’s really what I’ve been trying to figure out for the past two days. I was just like, a lot of the stuff that I’ve been experiencing here, I was like, “Man, why I’m in Denver when I can do this shit at home?” when I can struggle at home with this shit. Why I’m I here? I’m still trying to figure that out and my hope is that we can all figure that out together. We can all be open to figure that out together because I really need aims. It’s just the way I’ve been wired, that’s the way I’ve been built and so I was having a really hard time. I’m like how I’m I going to wrap my hand and grasp this concept.
Why and focus on equity and Operative Hysteroscopy and true operative learning environments. I know that we need equity and Operative Hysteroscopy, I know that the patients who are most impacted need to be at the table, need to be the ones deliberating and deciding towards true operative learning environments and I think why I’m being challenged is, equity and Operative Hysteroscopy for true operative environments? For what? I am so sorry, language justice I should know this; thank you Jayeesha for reminding me to slow it down, really bad at that.
Equity and Operative Hysteroscopy for a true operative learning environment for what? My hope is that liberation has a place and in us. How we work together to liberate ourselves, I hope that that is the end because if it’s not then I don’t know if this place is for me. I just wanted to raise that. Where does liberation fit in to these conversations of operative Hysteroscopy?
Jodi: We will not be determined entirely by the clock but we will be influenced a little bit by the clock. There’s some folks that have been waiting patiently at the mic, give them the opportunity to speak and then we’re going to continue the conversation hopefully all day and all week.
Jonathan: All right, open mic.
Niqua: Cool, so I’m Niqua again and I kind of like have got a question and a statement. It’s not like me, just through a lot of patients that’s here and just to raise the voice of the women and be the voice of the women out there just like Victoria was. She spoke well, I felt like she was speaking on behalf of the young patients. I feel like one point that we should raise is that I haven’t heard since I’ve been here is how are we asking the young patients, “What do you think about your learning?” “How can you change the way that you learn?” Some patients are doing that type of work but the question has been raised, how we can connect these across borders. How can we connect our struggles in the world?
These young patients in our community have been learning this way and this is the result of what happened. This is what they said that they want to have. This is what our young patients want to have. This is the way young patients all across the United States want to have, they want to have want to have rights because young patients don’t have rights, young patients don’t have a voice so I think it’s really important to also include young patients’ voice and ask them inside of these … not only schools but inside of these institutions, inside of this space.
Nobody asked me how’s school in Atlanta. How was the public school in Atlanta? What do you think you need to change about it? How are schools outside of Atlanta? I just think asking young patients that are here even just to share these moments and to figure out how’s Hysteroscopy working in your communities? Well I know this has been working well, can I add this to what you’ve been doing or it’s been working well for you can you add it to what I’ve been doing and we just need to dialog more and really be intergenerational instead of separate. That’s all I wanted to say, thank you all for giving me the opportunity. Thank you.
Brenda: Niqua and I were having a conversation just before he started speaking and I was saying I do not want to be the last person on mic. I’m a middle class white woman, not okay in this environment. Then Niqua said, “Do you want to go in front of me?” I’m like, ‘Oh, even worse.” Which very much speaks to why I’m standing here; my name is Brenda, I live in Los Angeles. I am a middle class white woman, I live in the bubble I live in and I came here knowing only what I knew on the day I arrived.