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We Can’t Breathe: The Deaf & Disabled Margin of Police Brutality Project

Today, the National Council on Independent Living’s Diversity Committee releases “We Can’t Breathe: The Deaf & Disabled Margin of Police Brutality Project.” This project includes a video and toolkit that can be utilized for educational training for disability organizations and agencies. The video discusses the narratives of 5 people with disabilities on the margins that have been victimized by police brutality and other forms of systemic violence. The We Can’t Breathe Toolkit was designed to equip disability organizations, agencies, and community members with the tools to process the video and build policies, programming, and advocacy that center intersectional organizing. The project addresses how state violence affects people with disabilities who are also women, people of color, and LGBTQ+. This training intentionally utilizes an intersectional framework to combat the racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia that pervade disability organizations and agencies.

In conjunction with the release of the We Can’t Breathe Project, there will also be a Facebook and Twitter chat this evening, November 30th from 7pm – 8pm EST. Anyone can participate in these conversations through the Facebook event page and/or NCIL’s Twitter page. For more information contact Keri Gray ( or Dustin Gibson (

Full Toolkit | Facebook | TwitterVideo

Background image of Black women holding a banner and leading a march. It includes Twitter, Facebook and NCIL logos. The text centered on the image reads WE CAN'T BREATHE: The Deaf and Disabled Margin of Police Brutality Project. The date and time listed is Wednesday, November 30th at 7pm EST. #DisabilitySolidarity

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