10 Principles of Disability Justice

posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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10 PRINCIPLES OF DISABILITY JUSTICE

  • INTERSECTIONALITY “We do not live single issue lives” –Audre Lorde.  Ableism, coupled with white supremacy, supported by capitalism, underscored by heteropatriarchy, has rendered the vast majority of the world “invalid.”
  • LEADERSHIP OF THOSE MOST IMPACTED  “We are led by those who most know these systems.” –Aurora Levins Morales
  • ANTI-CAPITALIST POLITIC In an economy that sees land and humans as components of profit, we are anti-capitalist by the nature of having non-conforming body/minds.
  • COMMITMENT TO CROSS-MOVEMENT ORGANIZING Shifting how social justice movements understand disability and contextualize ableism, disability justice lends itself to politics of alliance.
  • RECOGNIZING WHOLENESS People have inherent worth outside of commodity relations and capitalist notions of productivity. Each person is full of history and life experience.
  • SUSTAINABILITY We pace ourselves, individually and collectively, to be sustained long term. Our embodied experiences guide us toward ongoing justice and liberation.
  • COMMITMENT TO CROSS-DISABILITY SOLIDARITY We honor the insights and participation of all of our community members, knowing that isolation undermines collective liberation.
  • INTERDEPENDENCE We meet each others’ needs as we build toward liberation, knowing that state solutions inevitably extend into further control over lives.
  • COLLECTIVE ACCESS As brown, black and queer-bodied disabled people we bring flexibility and creative nuance that go beyond able-bodied/minded normativity, to be in community with each other.
  • COLLECTIVE LIBERATION No body or mind can be left behind – only mobbing together can we accomplish the revolution we require.

 

4 Responses to: 10 Principles of Disability Justice

  1. Justin DeCastro

    Who composed this?

  2. admin

    This was written by Sins Invalid.

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