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What's disability got to do with it? Disability justice and its significance for social justice movements: a day long workshop with Sebastian Margaret
Sliding fee $25 to $50 for the workshop.
Snacks will be provided.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Registration is required before attendance. Please contact Susan Raffo at email@example.com
As disabled people continue to remain isolated and marginalized within many communities and disability justice analysis and activists still absent from the majority of grassroots organizations, it's time to include an anti-ableism frame, history and perspective into a Left agenda.
Within this training we will explore what disability means across lines of race, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and citizenship. Grounded in an understanding of the necessity for racial and economic justice, this anti- oppression training seeks to embed disability justice into the politics that frames our movements.
Examining attitudinal, physical and institutional barriers, we will consider who gets in the door of our analysis, movements and organizing, both literally and metaphorically, and who does not. What creates a welcoming climate for disability community activists and what alienates us further.
Ramps, racial profiling, sterilizations, eugenically targeted abortions, sovereignty, sexual/domestic violence, immigration, hate crimes, anti-poor city ordinances, gentrification, restroom policing, and incarceration--whether it be in prisons, nursing homes or psychiatric facilities--are all where ableism and supremacy based oppressions intersect and intertwine.
Exploring a history steeped with the entanglement of ableism in scientific racism, white supremacy, colonialism and the development of capitalism; this training moves towards developing the analysis, tools and capacity to address the complexities of creating accessible, collaborative-based movements.
This training seeks to build a working understanding of how as an inherently multi-issue intersection, disability access and disability justice politics broadens the mission and strengthens the work: increasing our capacity to create accessible, integrated, liberatory social justice movements that embed disability justice in their core.About Sebastian
Sebastian Margaret is a disability rights community educator, disability justice activist and movement capacity builder. Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Sebastian currently lives in ‘New’ Mexico and is kept deliciously exhausted parenting a couple of gorgeous kids and pays the bills working as a personal attendant and doing menial work.
He provides trainings on disability justice for movements, service providers, progressive organizations and community organizing efforts; while also working to build capacity, vitality and leadership within disability community. Sebastian seeks to insert disability justice into the progressive left and progressive multi –issue politics into the disability rights community.
Not formally educated and informed by a working /welfare class perspective. Sebastian roots his work in racial, class, gender, sexuality and immigration justice; working to be in solidarity with indigenous and sovereignty struggles. Sebastian is particularly invested in ‘the price o’ bread’ politics; where change is driven by the voices and agendas of folks most affected by the conditions that need to go.
Sebastian has co-facilitated disability justice, challenging white supremacy trainings and economic justice programming at the NGLTF annual conference over the last five years. He has brought anti ablism and disability justice work to Southerners On New Ground, the Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Silva Rivera Law project and recently facilitated at statewide conferences including: MN Out campus conference, Michigan Coalition Against Sexual Violence, Civil Liberties Public Policy and the ACE Summit.
Sebastian is a co-founder of the Disability Justice Collective, a disability justice representative in the ROOTs coalition and is currently working on the development and delivery of anti-racism/challenging white supremacy workshops specifically for white disability community members and activists. While in the Twin Cities, Sebastian will also be presenting a workshop on challenging white supremacy in disability communities and movements for members of the disability community. For more information on that, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whittier Cooperative: Healing and Transformation
A Photographic Work in Progress by Michele Spaise
Exhibition Run: July 1-23, 2011
"Constructed of beige bricks and holding 45 apartments, Whittier Co-op sits on the corner of Blaisdell Ave. and 26th St. in South Minneapolis. Our first members moved in in 1980, and many of them still live there today. An artist, photographer, mother, and resident, I have been a part of the Whittier community for more than twenty years, documenting our community through photography and sound. This is a work in progress. Our story continues." --Michele Spaise
10AM-6PM Monday-Friday; 12-5PM Saturdays | $3 suggested donation
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Autumn Brown on the Radio: A Reportback from the Allied Media Conference - July 18th
Listen to Roots, Runners, and Rhizomes at 3pm EST on July 18th!
Featuring Autumn Brown and Lauren Giambrone of the Rock Dove Collective, reporting back on the Allied Media Conference.
I would love to invite you to listen while I do an on-air reportback about the Allied Media Conference on the radio show Roots, Runners, and Rhizomes: Health and Healing from the Underground on Monday July 18th at 3pm EST / 2pm Central. In order to hear the show, go to http://www.wgxc.org/ and live stream the show! I will also post the link to the archive after the show is over.
-----Support The Hurricane Season Curriculum!
The Hurricane Season Curriculum is the expansion of Climbing PoeTree's groundbreaking multi-media show that draws vital connections between shared struggles and common solutions in a critical moment in human history. Given the enthusiastic response the performance has received in diverse communities across the nation, Alixa and Naima have assembled a dynamic team of innovative educators to develop a multi-media curriculum based off of Hurricane Season to expand the breadth and impact of this work.
The curriculum employs art and culture to help learners analyze systems of oppression and resistance, and uses a popular education model to build new leadership essential for fundamental social change. Comprised of interactive lesson plans that engage rigorous dialog, research, theatre of the oppressed exercises, hip hop poetry, video collages, visual art, and project based learning, theHurricane Season curriculum aims to empower learners with the knowledge, creativity and passion to be effective leaders in movements for social justice.
The curriculum is being piloted for high school age youth through Flip the Table in NYC and college students at Susquehanna University this year! Please consider making a donation
to support this all-volunteer curriculum development team in advancing this incredible project!! Our goal is to have all of the lessons plans, media and supportive materials completed and ready for general distribution for 2012!
New Book! DEBT: THE FIRST FIVE THOUSAND YEARS
A new book by my dear friend and colleague David Graeber. Here's a note from David about the work:
"This is a work of scholarship, and politically engaged, but it's also an attempt to break out of the usual academic and activist ghettoes, and I wrote it that way because I think that there's a conversation we need to be having, not just nationally but also globally, that we began to have for a few months after the financial crash of 2008, and which has, since, been indefinitely postponed. We seem to hanging in this bizarre state of suspension, where most people understand that everything we thought we knew about money, markets, debts, and the role of government is no longer true and probably never was, yet there is a kind of taboo over discussing any better ways to think about them.
What better moment, it seems to me, than to start reexamining the historical record and to put our situation in a larger - much, much larger - context. So that's what I did. A few examples of what I turned up (much of which, I must admit, surprised even me):
* that virtual money is nothing new - in fact it is the original form of money
* that the first word for "freedom" recorded in any human language is a Sumerian word for debt relief
* that our current core conceptions of freedom and rights trace back to Roman slave law
* that most rebellions, insurrections, and revolutions in world history have been over issues of debt
* that rather than markets and states being in some way opposed principles, markets - particularly ones that operated on cash instead of credit - largely emerged as the side-effect of military operations, and through most of history were maintained through government policy
* that contemporary free market ideology (and in fact many of Adam Smith's specific phrases and examples, such as the pin factory) is derived from Medieval Islam
* we have every reason to believe that, as we now enter a new phase of virtual money, there will be major structural changes in the very idea of what an economy is and what it's for that determine what global society will be like for at least the next five hundred years."
You can find the book on Amazon, and in major bookstores!
The Big Idea:
Rural New York is home to 90% of the state’s prisons, which provide jobs in a depressed rural economy. Meanwhile the majority of people in prison come from New York City’s communities of color and their families are forced to make long trips to visit them. The guards union and their elected officials oppose major reforms to the prison system because they fear it will destroy jobs in their community. As a result, New York’s prison system is racist, ineffective, and too expensive. This is not going to change unless we can develop a new economic relationship between urban and rural areas. MILK NOT JAILS looks to the state’s dairy industry – which comprises 80% of New York’s agricultural sales – for a delicious solution to this conundrum. Join us in saying, “If rural New York’s economic survival depends on us, we’d rather drink their milk than go to their prison.”
What we are doing:
Over the past year, MILK NOT JAILS has been touring New York State educating people about prison industry economics and asking farmers to join our cooperative. We host ice cream socials in urban areas to reach out to communities impacted by incarceration, to conduct market research,, and to dialogue about our project. We have elicited feedback from over 250 dairy farmers and identified a niche market that we can develop. Over 35 criminal justice organizations endorse MILK NOT JAILS.
Our dairy cooperative has quickly grown from a conversation to a pilot business. We recently started a milk share program in Brooklyn, where people purchase a milk subscription from one of our partner farms. We are undertaking a massive outreach campaign to coffee shops, daycares and CSAs to sell milk contracts to these local establishments. We are analyzing over a year’s worth of market research to identify neighborhoods and retailers to sell to. Our farmers have cheese, butter, yogurt and ice cream ready to sell once we have our distribution system established!