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Organizers Forum: Gun Violence and Disability Rights

Gun violence and gun control are big issues right now in the U.S. This call will explore how to talk about guns without stigmatizing disability, either in terms of mental health or people injured by gunshot wounds. Let’s also talk about why and how gun control advocacy fits with disability rights or disability justice.


Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan, Trans/GNC Justice Project Director and Disability Justice Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force, will talk about the Task Force’s work on “Addressing gun violence prevention using a racial, disability, and LGBTQ justice framework.”

Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, will talk about what is happening today in gun control advocacy and why this is important for the disability community. 

Accommodations & CART:

  • The call will have real-time captioning (CART) at:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you need additional accommodations to participate in the call, please let us 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.


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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