My name is Denise.
TX DPS subpoenaed my tweets in 2012 because a forced-birth agent there thought that was a good idea. Story below.
Really looking forward to my Maxillomanidbular Advancement surgery in December. I’ve had a jaw deformity since birth, but it took moving to Austin, TX to find an excellent surgeon to see this. I nearly had this surgery in ’07 (for obstructive sleep apnea), but even that surgeon failed to diagnose my jaw deformity.
It will be a rough, 2-3 month recovery, but well worth it. I will need braces on my teeth before and after the surgery. I’m also hopeful the surgery will help my respiratory disabilities, though there is no guarantee that it will. I’m hopeful because when my lower jaw is jut forward, my airway is more open.
I’m a progressive, feminist, whistleblower, author, Emotional Intelligence & NVC enthusiast, sound conflict resolution evangelist, & person with disabilities.
I love logic and critical thinking. I despise intellectual dishonesty, obfuscation, and irrationality.
In my experience, most US workplaces are in serious, willful violation of ADA & EEO laws. I say this as a workplace expert, former Human Resources executive, and as a person with disabilities who has seen how the ADA is routinely ignored without consequence.
I have a respiratory condition that often interferes with my ability to breathe and speak – and which causes me to pass out several times a day. It is extremely difficult & often impossible for me to speak on the phone. I also have bilateral carpal tunnel permanent disability, which is why I often copy & paste the same tweets over and over again.
I also have had obstructive sleep apnea since birth, and I’m often exhausted. My sleep quality & quantity is not great. I cannot use CPAP because of my respiratory condition. My disabilities cause me other health problems as well, but I don’t list every single detail here. Some things are private. Please respect this.
My disabilities are quite isolating, and social media provides news, opportunity for political action, intellectual stimulation and social contact – all doable while in bed.
I mostly RT things, but when I have energy, I tweet satire or other stuff. I also often repost my tweets bc of low energy.
I don’t always have the physical energy to engage in conversation, reply to questions, give advice or provide assistance. When I use the tag
#spoonie, or talk about not having enough spoons for something, this is what I’m talking about. http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/wpress/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/ …
Please do not ask me personal questions about my health even if you think you have ideas that will help me. I assure you I’ve looked into every western and alternative medical solution that exists, and I do not have the energy to continually have these discussions.
I take a great deal of medication, which enables me to do the little I can. I’ve had full work ups by scores of specialists and have had many surgeries and tests. Please respect this request, and do not ask me about my medical condition. I understand people want to be helpful, but if you’re not a medical professional who has reviewed my entire medical history & is examining me in person, it’s a waste of my energy.
Here is the best article written about my recent ordeal with TX DPS having subpoenaed my tweets: Why did a DPS officer with a political agenda get away with harassing
@deniseromano? #standwithvox #swtw http://jasonstanford.org/2013/08/kafka-in-texas/ I was very lucky that @MichelleKostun, a lawyer in Austin, TX, represented me pro bono to deal with this terrifying ordeal.
Sometimes our imperfect moments clash with others’ imperfect moments and prevent what might have been a solid progressive connection. How might we prevent this to strengthen the Left?
My book published by McGraw Hill is: The HR Toolkit: An Indispensable Resource for Being a Credible Activist. Before it became impossible for me to work, I was a Human Resources executive.
I have an EdM in Counseling Psychology and an MA in Organizational Psychology, both from Columbia University.
I assisted the FBI and USAO as a whistleblower in a major medicaid fraud case against Columbia University; it was a fascinating experience. My years working and studying at Columbia University transformed me into a labor activist.
In my experience, Columbia University is fraught with nepotism, sexism, racism & violations of labor laws. Just as there is a non-profit group called Walmart Watch, there should probably be a group called Columbia Watch, but I don’t have the energy to do it. Hopefully someone else will.
I studied for two years with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa in Boulder, CO where I earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics and performed in various performance art, dance and poetry pieces. I also studied ballet, modern, jazz and African dance as an undergraduate at SUNY Geneseo where I majored in English and Theatre. Here are some of my favorite poems.
I’m proud to have been associate producer of the film, The David Dance: http://www.thedaviddance.com written, directed by and starring my dear friend, Don Scime.
I wrote a play that was performed in Rochester, NY for the group of women in NYS who fought in court for women to have the right to be topfree wherever men are topfree (Topfree Equality). People in the US need to get over the female breast. Women should have the freedom to enjoy the sun and breeze on their skin without being objectified.
We must pass the ERA.
All the good people in the world must help each other.
I hope people of any gender will refuse to have sex with anyone of any gender who is not #ProChoice.
I live in Austin, TX & TEXAS IS turning BLUE. Wendy Davis for TX Governor!
I moved to Austin for the climate for my health in 2012. Born in NY and lived in Manhattan for 19 years.
Any religion that doesn’t treat women as full equals is offensive to me.
Sound conflict resolution, critical thinking, intellectual honesty, and self-awareness are extremely important in all relationships – especially in family relationships. It IS possible to resolve almost any conflict; willingness is needed.
I’ve written to ex-communicate the vile Roman Catholic Church from my life (I don’t like them counting me as a member), but they refuse & keep me on their list against my will. Are you on their list? They count false membership numbers. I never asked to join their club.
I love Network Lobby, though. Sr. Simone Campbell for Pope!
I’m a buddhist-flavored agnostic and member of the UU (Unitarian Universalist) church. I’m shocked how many people are unaware of the UU church, given how old it is and that it’s always been on the right side of history – having supported abolition, suffrage, the civil rights movement, LGBT rights and they don’t tell you what you have to believe or that you have to believe anything at all.
Most UU churches are NOT christian (I’m not one); they recognize all wisdom traditions equally and welcome atheists and agnostics.
I don’t see a difference between someone who is sure god doesn’t exist and someone who is sure god does exist.
I’ve had several readings with mediums that blew me away. The Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo, was a high school classmate of mine. I do believe she’s the real deal.
Cindy Galllop is one of my heroes; I hope everyone learns about her project: Make Love Not Porn.
Via @nprnews: The ‘Nasty Effect’: How Comments Color Comprehension
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Austin, Texas –August, 1, 2013 –
Texas Department of Public Safety Agrees to Withdraw Subpoena Related to Twitter Account
We are pleased to report that we have received confirmation from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) that the Administrative Subpoena seeking information, documents and records related to Denise Romano’s Twitter account (@deniseromano) has been officially withdrawn by DPS, and that the matter concerning Ms. Romano is closed. We are pleased that DPS agreed to our request to withdraw the subpoena, and that we were able to work informally and cooperatively to get this matter resolved without the need for time consuming and costly litigation.
Ms. Romano wishes to express her deeply felt gratitude for the enormous outpouring of support and offers of assistance. Her recent limited internet activity was necessary so that we could focus on addressing the subpoena through the appropriate channels. We appreciate your patience while we did so. Now that the subpoena has been withdrawn and the matter closed, we will be able to work to respond to the messages we received.
Communications may be directed to Ms. Romano, at email@example.com or her attorney, although regretfully, at this time, Ms. Romano’s health prevents her from being able to participate in telephonic or in person interviews or communications.
We commend Twitter on its commitment to protecting user information and content. Thank you for your continued support.
Ms. Romano’s Attorney:
Michelle M. Kostun
Law Office of Michelle Kostun 700 Lavaca, Suite 1400 Austin, Texas
Tel: (512) 334-6114
Fax: (512) 334-6001 firstname.lastname@example.org