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Organizer’s Forum: Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, Racism, and Disability Communities

Tuesday, December 16, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern

  • Call-in: 1-860-970-0300
  • Passcode: 193134#


  • India Harville, a teacher, artist, educator, and activist, working in racial justice and disability justice
  • A speaker from Showing Up for Racial Justice, a network of white anti-racist ally groups
  • Anita Cameron, activist in ADAPT and Not Dead yet, blogger at AngryBlackWomyn

It will be challenging to get into these topics in an hour, but we’d like to take the opportunity of this call to educate ourselves a little on what’s going on around the country and what can we all do to fight racism. Please join us to hear from insightful speakers and think about what’s next. 

To give us an idea of who joins our calls, if you are interested in joining on Tuesday, please fill out this quick form!

CART: The call will have real-time captioning (CART). Access CART.

  • Username: forum
  • Password: forum

If you need additional accommodations to participate in the call, please let us know as soon as possible. Thank you to the National Disability Leadership Alliance for sponsoring the captioning of this call.

Call Etiquette: Because we want to maximize the generously donated CART services, we will begin the call promptly at 1:00 p.m. and end the call promptly at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. A few other reminders about call etiquette:

  • Say your name before each time you speak
  • Speak one at a time
  • Speak slowly and as clearly as possible

Mark your calendars! The Organizer’s Forum occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern. Upcoming topics include: Language & Disability (May 2014) and Bioethics & Disability Rights (June 2014).

More Information

Background: The Organizing Workgroup of the National Disability Leadership Alliance hosts these calls the third Tuesday of every month as a resource for disability organizers, in an effort toward building the organizing capacity of the disability community across the country. They generally include a welcome followed by 2-3 experts in a given area speaking for a few minutes on their experiences, advice, and challenges. The calls include a 20-30 minute question and answer period.

If you have questions, please email or

Jessica Lehman and Diane Coleman
Co-Chairs, National Organizing Workgroup

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