Friday, January 28, 2011

Disability Justice Workshops at Creating Change 2011

Dear friends and comrades!

The Disability Justice Collective (DJC) will be at Creating Change 2011 in Minneapolis!  We are hoping to connect with disability justice activists, and folks who are committed to learning more about disability justice, and connecting our work for social justice and liberation.  All sessions will be run by DJC members, Sebastian Margaret, Mia Mingus and Eli Clare.

***Please help us get the word out by passing on to your networks and those going to Creating Change 2011!

In community and solidarity!


1) Thursday, February 3rd: Disability Justice Institute will be 2 Disability Justice Intro workshops.

*In an effort to make disability justice more accessible to more people, this institute day will be split into two repeating introductory sessions.
Both sessions will be the same material and will focus on integrating disability justice politics into our racial, economic and multi-issue justice work.

1st Workshop: 9:30am - 12:30pm 
2nd Workshop: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

The Familiar Made Strange: An Introduction to Disability Justice
The collision of disability, economic, and racial justice are inseparable in the lived experiences of poverty, the struggles of First Nations peoples for sovereignty, work-related injuries, homelessness, gentrification, sterilization, immigration, the closure of mental health support systems, and more. Join disability justice activists from the DJC as we explore the ways ableism and disability impact our various queer trans/gender-non-conforming communities and our activism. Both half day Intensives will focus on the fundamentals of building a disability justice analysis, politics and knowledge base. and on the layered connections between disability, class, race, queerness, and necessity of embedding disability justice into our social justice politics.


2) Saturday, February 5th: 4:45pm – 6:15pm, Workshop session 8: Workshop

Disability and Racial Justice
Join the DJC for a pair of conversations—one for disabled people of color (DPOC) facilitated by Mia Mingus and the other for white disabled people facilitated by Sebastian Margaret and Eli Clare.

The conversation for DPOC will create intentional DPOC space to connect and talk about our concerns as people who are often left out of racial justice and disability rights movements, agendas and communities. What would we like racial justice and disability rights movements to know; what are our priories? How do we build better together as DPOC and work to support each other as POC from many different backgrounds, histories and cultures who experience racism in different ways? How do we support each other as disabled people with different disabilities? And how do we work to hold our complexities around class, immigration, parenting, age, gender, sexuality, histories of violence, and more? How do white supremacy, ableism, and other forms of power and privilege play out in our worlds? What do our communities need to be whole and thrive?

The conversation for white disabled people will begin with the knowledge that the disability rights movement has rallied for decades against shame, isolation, and the grinding realities of ableism. And at the same time, we have evolved as a predominately single-issue movement that is informed by a white, middle-class agenda. Lacking the analysis, tools, or the access to acquire them; racism persists in our struggle as white disabled people to have ableism recognized as a core social justice issue and impacts our capacity to build collective strategy with other liberation movements. Within a facilitated, cross-disability-positive, and non-judgmental space; we will examine how white privilege and white supremacy play out in disability communities across all our differences. What do we need to prioritize white anti-racism work and learn to be aware of and dismantle white privilege? How do we support and challenge each other and white disability communities? This conversation will focus on skill sharing, reflection, challenge, and change.

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