Mike Ervin


Mike Ervin is a writer and disability rights activist living in Chicago. He blogs at Smart Ass Cripple, “expressing pain through sarcasm since 2010.”


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Pseudo sympathy for the beating of a disabled teenager... more

Jan 18, 2017 2:52 PM Dispatches

Protesting is stressful. But the alternative can be worse. more

Dec 28, 2016 9:45 AM Dispatches

Maybe I should only be shocked that I wasn’t shocked a long time ago. more

Dec 9, 2016 3:33 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

I’m wondering how disabled people like me will fit in. Apparently Trump thinks our incessant neediness is one of the things keeping America from being great. more

Nov 18, 2016 8:28 PM Dispatches

"Those of us in wheelchairs are probably the only ones who can get away with not standing at full attention for the anthem." more

Nov 4, 2016 3:13 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

What's more worrying are those who undermine people with disabilities from behind a veneer of politeness. more

Oct 21, 2016 2:12 PM Dispatches

Being confronted by your own racism is sort of like barfing up a bad lunch. more

Sep 16, 2016 2:29 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

All that stuff about Libertarians being uncharitable is just a nasty myth. more

Sep 1, 2016 8:05 PM Dispatches 5 Comments

"You should refund this overpayment of $105,240.00 within 30 days." more

Aug 26, 2016 6:18 PM Dispatches 7 Comments

This is the kind of political perspective you can gain from being in the "reject school." more

Aug 3, 2016 8:19 PM Dispatches 2 Comments

"Nobody wants to be in a nursing home if they have a choice and more and more of those who are on the edge of that precipice are demanding options." more

Jul 27, 2016 4:58 PM Magazine 2 Comments

Since when are low income disabled people a "special interest?" more

Jul 22, 2016 6:35 PM Dispatches

Will robots be coming for your job? more

Jul 11, 2016 1:47 PM Dispatches 4 Comments

There are two things the framers could never have foreseen: nuclear missiles and Trump. more

Jun 23, 2016 2:32 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

The stereotype-laden film Me Before You undermines decades of work and progress by disability activists. more

Jun 13, 2016 5:11 PM Dispatches 5 Comments

If I lived in South Dakota, I’d probably be in a nursing home. And that would be hell. more

May 27, 2016 7:18 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

They sure are evil geniuses. more

May 11, 2016 4:35 PM Dispatches 6 Comments

An interview with Ai-Jen Poo, advocate for domestic workers and home-based care. more

Apr 15, 2016 4:59 PM Magazine

Mike Pence speaking at CPAC 2015 in Washington, DC. Photo by Gage Skidmore You know that famous quote by Frederick Douglass: “Power concedes nothing without a demand”? Well, I don’t know if that statement necessarily applies anymore. In Ma... more

Apr 13, 2016 3:40 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

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