Portland Disability Justice Collective
The Portland Disability Justice Collective is a grassroots, all-volunteer run social engagement and support group by and for queer/trans, black, indigenous, multiracial folks and people of color (straight/cis/white disabled folks are welcome, but not centered) sick, disabled, Mad/mentally ill, D/deaf/HoH, low vision/blind, neuroatypical, or otherwise chronically ill people who are in Portland OR and Vancouver WA, to deepen our understanding, practice, and self-reflection of disability justice and mutual aid. We are a do-it-together collective.
During the COVID-19 crisis, we are focusing on ONLINE social engagement and support for disabled folks in the Portland Metro, OR and Vancouver, WA areas via Zoom videoconferencing and social media (Facebook).
As We Are: Disability Justice and Community Care Conference (webinar)
September 12-13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. PST
Join us for a FREE online conference about disability justice and community care! REGISTER HERE!
This conference will feature guest speakers such as Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Disability Justice 101), Koko Thomas (DeafBlind Cultures), Vo Vo (Trauma Informed Care), Galadriel Mozee (Black Lives Matter Memorial Garden), Dorian Taylor (Anti-Black Roots of Mental Health Systems), Shilo George (Body Sovereignty), Nico Serra (Safer Protest Strategies), and W. Kibler Hidalgo Rodriguez (Community Healing).
Weekly Coffee Hour, Saturdays 11-12 p.m.
To support our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hosting a weekly Zoom call on Saturdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ASL/English interpretation available upon request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503.489-8906 for more information (e.g. the Google Meet address!).
Monthly BIPOC-only Support Space
We host a monthly Google Meet on the 4th Saturday of the month, 1-3 p.m. ASL/English interpretation available upon request. Please email email@example.com or call 503.489-8906 for more information (e.g. the Google Meet address!).
Note: You must identify as black, indigenous, multiracial, or person of color to participate on this call.
Ten Principles of Disability Justice
From Sins Invalid
“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
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.
People have inherent worth outside of commodity relations and capitalist notions of productivity. Each person is full of history and life experience.
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.
We meet each others’ needs as we build toward liberation, knowing that state solutions inevitably extend into further control over lives.
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.
No body or mind can be left behind – only mobbing together can we accomplish the revolution we require.
Read our Syllabus on Google Drive! It was created as a resource to learn more about disability justice and mutual aid. The articles, chapters, and facebook posts are generally pretty short and can be investigated at your own pace.
You may be interested in Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (audiobook available here) and Skin, Tooth, and Bone by Sins Invalid. You may also be want to read dean spade’s Mutual Aid Syllabus, which includes resources about many mutual aid movements.
Check us out on Facebook! We have a page that’s open to the public, as well as a group that’s specifically for sick and disabled folks. We would love your participation. We included a feed of our Facebook page here so that you can see the articles we post without having to be on social media.