POSTPONED: INW Fireside Chat: Disability Justice in Practice
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Join us for an unforgettable conversation with experts on real-time practices of disability justice and how to integrate those into your own community! Get to know our speakers through their bios below:
Deanna Yadollahi (they/them) is a deep appreciator of disability justice, anti-ableism, and liberatory access. Deanna currently identifies as a neurodivergent, Mad, disabled, gender non-conforming, diasporic mixed-race Iranian-Mestize. Deanna is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Disability Studies, but attributes the most important of their knowledge to what is learned within their communities. Deanna is considering a path in academia, and continuing to build a path on Crip time of community activism, which includes writing, education, and what Deanna has been calling Creative Access Consulting (based in a more intersectional framing of access - intersectionality is a word we can thank Kimberlé Crenshaw for). For Deanna, their work also includes nontraditionally written academic and nonacademic publications. Deanna hopes to impact academia, and the services and supports that do and do not formally exist at this time, to become more supportive for people like Deanna who are impacted by intersecting oppressions. At this time, you can visit Deanna’s in-progress website to engage with their work: bit.ly/D-Y-Scholarship. Deanna acknowledges with respect that they are uninvited on the lands of the Kizh Nation, which some reclaim as Tongva, but which academics and media have been criticized to misname as its colonized misnomer. Deanna is on a nonlinear journey towards harm reduction, responsibility acceptance, accountability dreaming, abolition, and radical self-love. Deanna hopes that you might feel called to learn more about LandBack and reflect on your role and responsibility based on your position, as it relates to many areas including Climate Justice as well as honoring the people who were forced to, and continue to be exploited in, developing all that we have access to today.
Claudia Alick (they/she) is a cultural producer, performer, and inclusion expert. Named by American Theater Magazine as one of 25 theater artists who will shape American Theater in the next 25 years, Alick has served as the founding Artistic Director of Smokin' Word Productions, is a NY Neofuturist alum, published playwright, recipient of NYC Fresh Fruit directing award, TedXFargo speaker, the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists, featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and former Community Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. At OSF for ten years she produced events such as “The Every 28 Hours Plays”, "The Green Show", The Daedalus Project, OSF Open Mics as well as producing/directing audio-plays with OSF such as the Grammy nominated "Hamlet". Her personal projects include her podcast “Hold On…Wait for it”, vlog “This Week in Cultural Appropriation”, StreetPoetry, and one-person Show “Fill in the Blank” exploring disability and the medical industry. Claudia served on Oregon Arts Leaders in Inclusion, the steering committee of The Ghostlight Project, the steering committee for Black Theater Commons. She is currently managing content with The Crew Revolution black female leadership, serves as Co-president of the board of Network of Ensemble Theater, collaborated on Unsettling Dramaturgy (crip and indigenous international digital colloquium) and is on the advisory councils for the National Disability Theater, Howlround, and NW Arts Streaming Hub. Claudia Alick serves as founding executive producer of the transmedia social justice company CALLING UP whose projects include Producing in Pandemic, The Every 28 Hours Plays, We Charge Genocide TV, Co-artistic direction of The FURY Factory Festival, and consulting and advising funders and companies around the country.
Rebel Sidney Black (they/them pronouns) is a light-skinned multiracial, nonbinary, zami (same gender loving), disabled person. They have 15 years of experience doing community organizing, facilitating social justice trainings, contributing to community-based theorizing, and nonprofit leadership. They graduated from UMass Amherst with an undergraduate degree in Nonprofit Administration and are currently a distance learning student at UMass Boston to earn an MS in Counseling.Rebel is interested in integrating counseling with social change work and applies a racial justice and anti-oppressions lens to everything they do. Rebel is committed to using housing and disability justice as pathways toward racial justice and an end to all oppressions.
Rebel’s primary work has been around racial and disability justice, transgender rights, and interpersonal violence prevention and advocacy. They have lived experience with houselessness and are a trauma survivor. Rebel has worked in both formal and informal capacities in the community to advocate for social change. They helped cross-class nonprofit cafe Sisters Of The Road transition to collective management in 2012-2015. In 2017, Rebel was invited to be part of the Northwest Health Foundation’s Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative. This convening of 12 disabled people of color leaders built community and made recommendations to organizations wanting to advance disability justice in Oregon and Southwest Washington. In 2019, they founded the Portland Disability Justice Collective, a BIPOC-led gathering space for disabled people to build community and learn/practice principles of Disability Justice and mutual aid. Rebel is committed to providing housing and other supports for low income queer people facing housing insecurity and other systemic threats. They also care about increasing connectedness among disabled activists and finding sustainable pathways to social change. Rebel lives in NE Portland with their spouse, cat, and small dog. In their personal life, Rebel enjoys quilting as a way to connect with their ancestors, as well as learning to play the mandolin.