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[event] Toronto: Anti-Racism For (Dis)abled Folks

Anti-Racism For (Dis)abled Folks: An Interactive Workshop
Led by Colin K Donovan

November 6, 2008 from 6-8 at the Senator Croll Apt, Common Room (341 Bloor Street W near St. George).

Join us as we explore the complexities of white supremacy within the (dis)ability movement. How does white privilege shape activism, lives and experiences with in a broad variety of (dis)ability and psychiatric survivor movements? What does it mean to model anti-ableist work after successful struggles led by folks of color while the (dis)ability movement continues to be white-dominated? Using Theater of the Oppressed/Oppressor techniques, we will explore these and other questions of allyship and accountability. No previous acting experience needed, just come ready to participate!

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[Event] ATL: Telling Stories to Change the World

*flips to fangirl mode* goodness, i need to get to atlanta sometime soon. mia mingus, cara page and leroy moore are all AMAZING activists, the kind where being in their presence/talking with them/working with them just plants all kinds of radical ideas in your head. you’ll want to check this out if you’re in the area.  knowing they’re in the house i’m sure this event will have a heavy disability focus (as well as queer, woc, repro justice, class….INTERSECTIONALITY AT ITS BEST!).

Telling Stories to Change the World
Friday, November 7, 8:00-9:30pm at Charis. Free.
Charis Books, Charis Circle & Deeper Waters invite you to an evening of prophets and poets to introduce the new book, Telling Stories to Change the World: Global Voices on the Power of Narrative to Build Community and Make Social Justice Claims, (edited by Rickie Solinger & Madeline Fox.) The voices of national & local poets, will be featured as well as writers from the book, telling the ‘true story’ about the controlling of our bodies for war, profit, and oppression. This event will transform the notion that the bodies of people of color, people with disabilities, and queer people, among other communities, are “wrong” and “expendable.”

Some featured Artists/Writers will include: Leroy Moore, a Berkeley, CA based artist, broadcaster and activist and founder/producer of the Krip Hop Project; Mia Mingus, a queer, disabled woman of color South Korean transracial adoptee and reproductive justice organizer with SPARK; Yolo Akili, a spirit expressing human through the lens of a poet, activist and astrologer who is also a student of Iyengar Yoga at Yoga of India and the author of the critically acclaimed chapbook “Poems in the Key of Green”; & Cara Page, a Black queer organizer, healing arts practitioner, artist & founder/producer of Deeper Waters; and some special guest appearances.

We will also be inviting the audience to participate in a “telling truth” exercise on expendable bodies, inspired by a Deeper Waters project called, Third Story/Third Voice. So come! You won’t want to miss this! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.

Charis Books is located in Little Five Points, behind the Brew House Restaurant, and is in a big purple house! Address is 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307. Phone number for directions or more info is 404-524-0304.
Deeper Waters LLC

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[Event] NYC: Disability Rights & Social Justice Movements Training

note: the facilitator of this event, sebastian margaret, is an amazing activist who does work around the intersectional nature of oppression. you must check this out if you are in the nyc area (mik–that means you!)

Training: Disability Rights and Social Justice Movements training
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Disabled people remain isolated and marginalized within many communities and most social justice movements. Within this training, facilitated by Sebastian Margaret of Access Change, we will explore what access means across the lines of disability, race, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and citizenship. Rooted within a frame of the necessity for economic and racial justice, this anti-oppression training brings cross-disability discrimination deliberately into the analysis. Continue reading

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apparently there was a discussion on eugenics today in my sister’s classroom (started out with teacher saying that if he and his new wife have a “genetically abnormal” baby they’re going “throw ‘it’ away”). my sister responded with “YEAH? WELL?… YOU’RE GENETICALLY ABNORMAL!””

(very mature, i know. but…)

then she began quoting amanda baggs! and talking about neurodiversity! and how some lives are valued more than others because of things like ableism!

i’m halfway horrified that she could talk to her teacher in that tone (the corean in me is looking like this:O_O) but this is my 16 year old pro-mccain wants-to-be-a-missionary sister!! quoting amanda baggs! confronting an authority figure on his ableism!

(all i could do is squeal and say philosophercrip would be very proud.)

*cheers happily*


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why i believe in reproductive justice

and a radical disability race gender sex framework:

excerpts from the video transcript below the cut.

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[call for submissions] RWOC Anthology

What the Hell is a Radical Woman of Color?
Real Stories by Radical Women of Color and Allies
An Anthology

Deadline: Sunday November 9, 2008

Format: There is no format; the piece can be in the form of a short story, a personal experience, an essay, a poem, a collection of thoughts, photography, art, or a collaborative work. 4000 words maximum.

Topic Ideas:

  • What does being a Radical Woman of Color mean to you? (i.e. community, race, gender, motherhood, activism, silencing, diversity/intersectionality, movement building, etc.)
  • How would you devise new strategies for cross-cultural dialogue, theorizing, and alliance-building?
  • What does it mean to be an ally?

Global perspectives are welcome. Topic suggestions are welcome.

Payment/Project Agreement below the cut.

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[event] ATL: sex wine and chocolate 2008

Sex, Wine, and Chocolate 2008:
Telling Our Truths, Taking Off Our Masks

A Party for SPARK Reproductive Justice Now and Project South

Thursday, October 2, 2008 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Join us on October 2nd for a sensual night free of sexual oppression for all of us fighting for the freedom of our bodies every day. Celebrate your authentic self at our anti-masquerade ball with live performances, delectable desserts, a live auction, and more!

Doors open at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm.

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