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Eliza Margarita Bates

Brooklyn, New York

Writing of Witness with Elizabeth Rosner

I am a chronically ill and invisibly disabled writer and communications consultant to the Left. I have worked in the labor movement almost my entire adult life, first as an organizer and now in communications strategy. I pay the bills ghost writing OpEd’s (you may have seen my writing under the names of labor union leaders in fancy outlets) and speeches, and supporting workers in telling their own stories in the press. My personal writing focuses on work and the body and is centered on disability, illness, and on finding meaning — and sometimes dark humor — when our bodies are no longer able to produce labor under capitalism. I take a lot of expensive medications to stay alive, including immunosuppressants, and I spend my free time fighting with greedy health insurance companies. I live in Brooklyn, NY, with my musician husband, my 4-year-old Batman unicorn princess boy, a very sweet pit bull, and two mean cats.

Eliza Margarita Bates - Under The Volcano