Saturday, June 12, 2010

Disability Justice Convening in Detroit! #AMC2010 #cripamc #ussf


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Really excited about disability justice hearted people coming together in Detroit next week. Below is announcement about a convening we will be having to map out where we are in our individual and collective lives, flesh out what we mean by disability justice, and strategize. There will also be disability justice ongoings at the Allied Media Conference and a few workshops at the US Social Forum. . . check out or see our track info at Woo!

So many thoughts in my head about the process to organize these things (have been especially wanting to write about what it means to demedicalize my care and have collective PA routines—something a friend and I have been expertimenting with and will take to the next level in the D.) Have a fancy new phone and will be trying to blog/tweet throughout that week as much as possible. Stay tuned. . .


On June 21st (the purple note and light blue light of the yellow moon) there will be a community-organized day (light) in Detroit. This day (light) is for disabled folks who do disability justice work. We see disability justice as creating a world where people are interdependent and disabled people get to be their whole selves. We want to come together, share, strategize, dream, have fun, and build community.

We want disabled people to join us! Join us: if you are working to create a more whole and deep understanding of disability.* Join us: if you dream about a world that understands disability beyond just access; that understands ableism; where disabled people feel connected to each other; where you can talk about what it means to be a person of color AND queer AND poor AND disabled, instead of choosing just one (light blue). You do not have to be in an organization.

The details: June 21, 2010 (the purple note and light blue light of the yellow moon) from 1pm – 7pm (light blue blob after the middle to black in the dark), on Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.

We will start with lunch and end with a dinner. After dinner, we will have an open mic group time from 7pm -8pm (black blobs after the middle to brown blobs after the middle). Bring stuff (chapbooks, buttons, crafts) you want to sell or share with others!

Let us know if you are interested in joining us! You can let us know by emailing Mia at or calling Stacey at 910-722-9552. We need to know if you are coming by Wednesday, June 16th (pink, the brown note and yellow light of the yellow moon).

We will be making sure the space is scent-free, flash-free, has vegan food options, wheelchair accessible and sign language interpreted.

Please include your contact info and let us know if you:
1.) need childcare

2.) have food you cannot eat

3.) have an access need that we need to know about. (an example might be needing a person to help you understand what the group is saying or a ride to the space).

We value what all disabled people can bring. This includes people with psychiatric [mental], developmental or cognitive [thinking], chronic illness, and learning disabilities. Just so folks with allergies know, there will be at least one (light blue) assistance dog present. If folks send us their RSVP late, we will try to meet people's needs as best we can. We will send out location info to people that RSVP.

To find out more, visit

In community,
Stacey, Leroy, Leah, Sebastian, Patty, and Mia

* This may include doing work around disability and race, militarization [war and control], class, environmental justice [land and control], gender, sexuality, incarceration [prison and control], reproductive justice [our bodies and control], citizenship [belonging to one country], violence, care, parenting and family.


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