May 8 Event: Disability Justice and COVID-19

Image Description: The artwork is adapted from Jacob Lawrence's Harlem Series: Harlem Hospital's Free Clinic Is Crowded with Patients Every Morning and Evening, 1943. It depicts Black patients waiting to visit with a doctor in a clinic. Above the painting, the presenters are listed from right to left: Dorian Taylor, Elandria Williams, Lateef Mcleod, Leroy Moore Jr. with support listed below: Cyree Jarelle Johnson, Dustin Gibson, Talila A. Lewis. The additional text is of the webinar title: Disability Justice and COVID-19, access info: ASL interpretation and live captions will be provided for the webinar, hashtag: #DJGrounding, date/time: Friday, May 8th at 7 pm EST, and registration info:

Hi OpenLab pals! Sending all of you tenacity and compassion in these trying times.  

I’m sharing this upcoming event here on Open Pedagogy for a few reasons:  

This event is run by and features Black disability justice leaders, including Dorian Taylor, Elandria Williams, Lateef Mcleod, and Leroy Moore Jr., in a time when many disability organizations center white organizers over BIPOC activists. Listening to Black and brown disability activists is crucially important for us as members of the CUNY community, as COVID-19 is disproportionately harming Black and brown New Yorkers, many of whom also work and study at CUNY.  

The organizers of this digital event have also included ample details about accessibility, including information about interpretation services, breaks, and descriptive alt text for their chosen images. This level of detail is crucial when planning accessible events, and must be a central aspect of coordinating remote and online events!  

From the organizers:  

We’re hosting this webinar to offer the perspective of people grounded in #DisabilityJustice work as we all respond to COVID-19.  

ASL interpretation and live captions will be provided. We will also have breaks.  

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