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Workshop: Practicing Disability Justice: Ableism, Mass Incarceration, and Movements for Racial Justice

November 9, 2016
9:00 - 11:00 AM
NYC Charter School Center - Training Room
111 Broadway, Suite 604, New York, NY 10006

Presented by Lydia X.Z. Brown

Ableism and white supremacy depend on each other to sustain the prison-industrial complex in many nuanced ways. Buzzwords like “mass incarceration” and “school to prison pipeline” appear everywhere from blog posts and academic symposiums to the front pages of some of the most widely read newspapers in the world. In the context of more widely publicized police violence against low-income, Black, Brown, Indigenous, queer, trans, and disabled people everywhere from Florida and Ferguson to Baltimore, Chicago, and Los Angeles, conversations about institutionalized racism and the prison-industrial complex demand attention. Organizing, scholarship, and policy must grapple with the inevitable connections between prison abolition, disability justice, and the Black Lives Matter movement – among other movements and spaces – while seeking ethical means of addressing pressing issues now (such as through trauma-informed, multiculturally competent de-escalation strategies and nonviolent conflict resolution) and imagining ethical alternatives to imprisonment.


Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Operations Leads, Related Service Providers

This event is seat-free for members! In other words, attending this event won’t detract a seat from your workshop seat allocation!

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