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Organizers Forum: Fighting Racism & White Supremacy

As we hit 400 years since the beginning of slavery in the U.S., hundreds of Latinx immigrants are forced into camps, and the President himself encourages racism and violence, let’s talk about how we in disability communities can take action. What work needs to be done within the disability rights movement, and how can we act in solidarity with immigrant rights groups and others? More conversations like this are happening in disability spaces. Let’s use this call as an opportunity to keep learning and growing.

This forum will be on video! Click the Zoom link above and turn on your webcam, or you can just call in from your phone. Unfortunately, we will not have the online conference line available as in prior months. Please test your webcam and speakers before the call.

Speakers:

Max Airborne (they/them)

Max Airborne is a white, fat, Disabled queer organizer for collective liberation with a fat liberation, disability justice focus They’ve been part of BADCRIPP (direct action group), Sins Invalid’s Hot House, and now primarily organize with Fat Rose (fatrose.org).

Day Al-Mohamed, Lead On Network (she/her)

Day is a disability policy executive with more than fifteen years of experience. Her career has included work in advocacy and legislative initiatives on behalf of many disenfranchised groups. She currently works for the U.S. Department of Labor leading the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) premier safety and health management recognition program, the Voluntary Protection Programs. Prior to that, she designed and implemented the Add Us In initiative on disability and employment.

Conchita Hernandez (she/her)

Conchita Hernandez grew up at the intersection of being an undocumented, disabled English learner. She strives to bring about intersectional conversations about immigration / immigrants’ rights and disability. 

Naomi Finkelstein (they/bear)

Naomi Finkelstein organizes with the Washington Poor People’s campaign and Washington Adapt, and is a transracially-adopted Jew fat krip economic justice advocate. Naomi has lived in and fought for public housing since their teens, lived on the streets of NYC, a genderqueer street butch, survived kid jail, lived in squats. Naomi is a writer and a rabble rouser.

Accommodations & CART:

The call will have real-time captioning (CART) at: 2020archive.1capapp.com/event/forum. No username and password needed, when you log on at the time of the call.

  • To ask questions via CART: Sign-in to the chat function on the right side of the transcript and type your question. One of the call facilitators will read questions posted there. You can also type questions through the Zoom video portal.
  • 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.
  • Thank you to the National Disability Leadership Alliance for sponsoring the captioning of this call. Thank you to Senior and Disability Action for providing the video conference service.

If you need additional accommodations to participate in the call, please let the Organizers Forum know as soon as possible. 

Mark your calendars! The Organizer’s Forum has a call on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern.

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 follow the format of 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.

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