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The Disability Intersectionality Summit: A Gathering for Justice

On a damp and chilly Saturday in mid-October, I rolled out of bed several hours earlier than I usually would have in order to attend the biannual Disability Intersectionality Summit in nearby Cambridge, Mass on the MIT campus. Groggy but
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4 Activists Who Make Me Proud to be Disabled and Transgender

As a disabled, transgender person, I don’t have a lot of role models.  To understand what it means resist ableism and transphobia at the same time, I started researching the history of our community.  Here are four disabled, transgender people…
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It’s Time to Stop Ignoring the Intersections of Marginalized Identities

Intersectionality, according Kimberlé Crenshaw who coined the term, “is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects.” It has also been defined as “a framework designed to explore
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Activist Spotlight: Denarii Grace – Singer-Songwriter, Poet, Aspiring Screenwriter

Denarii Grace believes that an artist should reflect the times, and that’s what she does as a blues singer-songwriter, poet, aspiring screenwriter, and freelance writer. “We have a responsibility to be truth tellers, speak to our people(s), and create visions…
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Activist Spotlight: Cyree Jarelle Johnson – Writer, Speaker, Artist

When I first asked Cyree Jarelle Johnson what their activism is focused on, they said, “I don’t know what it means to be an activist. I’m a writer and a speaker. I think of myself as an artist.” Then they
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Activist Spotlight: Keah Brown, Writer and Creator of #DisabledAndCute

When she started the hashtag #DisabledAndCute, Keah Brown wasn’t thinking she’d start a movement. She woke up one day, and as she says, “I looked in the mirror and said something kind about myself.” She decided that she’d make
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Reflecting on the Impact of #DisabilityTooWhite

It’s been just over a year since activist and Rooted in Rights’ new Digital Manager, Vilissa Thompson, created #DisabilityTooWhite (the hashtag turned a year old on May 18), and started meaningful conversations about race and intersectionality in the disability community.…
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Growing Up at the Intersection of Disabled and Immigrant

I am an immigrant with a disability. When I was five years old my parents decided to move our whole family from Mexico including five kids, two of whom have a disability, to the United States. My mother still talks…
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DOE to school districts: Address racial disparities in special education

The U.S. Department of Education proposed new regulations [PDF] February 23, detailing new steps that school districts must take to reduce racial disparities in the identification, placement and discipline of students in special education programs. “We have a moral and…