Resources for #BlackDisabledLivesMatter
Updated June 18. 2020
Where To Donate To Help Black People With Disabilities
- HEARD — Volunteer-based organization working to end violence against & incarceration of deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, deafdisabled, and disabled (“deaf/disabled”) people going through the criminal justice system.
- National Alliance of Multicultural Disabled Advocates (NAMD)
- Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN)
- Disability Justice Culture Club
- Ramp Your Voice
- Women For Political Change prioritize funds to go toward black/disabled people.
- POOR Magazine
- The Harriet Tubman Collective
- Transformative Deaf Education — Directly funds marginalized students, resources for teachers and ASL Storytelling
- Sins Invalid Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.
Amplify Black Disabled Voices – More to come
- 8 influential black women with disabilities to follow
- 11 Disabled People of Color’s Instagrams You Need to Follow Right Now
- Claudia Gordon, the first Black Deaf female attorney in the United States
- Click on #SignTheirNames to learn about black individuals who lived with disabilities and who endured brutality and died at the hands of the police.
Reading List by Deaf Power
- Black Deaf Culture Through the Lens of Black Deaf History by Benro Ogunyipe
- White Deaf Privilege. Is white Deaf Privilege Real? by David A. Player
- Longmore Lecture: Context, Clarity & Grounding by Talila A. Lewis
- Letters for Black Lives
- 10 Steps To Non-Optical Allyship by Mireille Charper
- Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Aufa Hirsh
- The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
- Afropean: Notes from Black Europe by Johny Pitts
- Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- How do you sign ‘Black Lives Matter’ in ASL? For black deaf Angelenos, it’s complicated by Sonja Sharp
- An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi
Black & Disabled, Self Care, Mental Health & Healing Resources for You – Activists, Organizers, and Allies for #BLM
- Street Somatics: Tips for Regulating During Uprisings from Prentis Hemphill
- Grounded Breathing practice from Teresa P Mateus
- Emotional Freedom Technique from Geleni Fontaine
- Sustaining Ourselves When Confronting Violence for perspective and reflections on how to care for ourselves in the midst of action.
- Healing in Direct Action practice for harm reduction and increased connection during rapid response,.
- Compartmentalizing in a Healthy Way practice for creating boundaries & protecting our mental health.
- Heart over Head practice from Teo Drake Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) virtual Black-centered healing and support spaces. Multiple offerings, including “Heart Space” on Tuesdays at 7p EST — a space for Black folks & their feelings with meditation, songs, & individual check ins.
- Sacred Shower or Bath from Eroc Arroyo Montano, for releasing grief
- Trauma Response and Crisis Care (TRACC) is offering 1:1 and group support for activists/organizers, BIPOC/QTPOC, and first responders who are struggling during this moment and could use a listening ear.
- Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) virtual Black-centered healing and support spaces. Multiple offerings, including “Heart Space” on Tuesdays at 7p EST — a space for Black folks & their feelings with meditation, songs, & individual check ins.
- “4 Self-Care Resources for Days when the World is Terrible,” designed to help everyone grieving and working for change
- The NCCSD Clearinghouse has published a list of crisis resources, including organizations with TTY or VideoPhone options for Deaf people and those with communication-related disabilities
Art, Inspiration & Creativity
- Rights. Not “Special Help” Free Poster you can download & distribute
- Disability Rights are Civil Rights Free Poster you can download & distribute
- All Black Lives Matter Free Poster you can download & distribute.
- Participate in BLM Art Challenge for BIPOC Deaf artists by Deaf Artists, Takiyah Harris and Yusuf Yahya
- Ikouii Call for Art – MASKED: Self Portraits of a Pandemic / Deadline July 15.2020
Police Brutality and Disability
- Half of People Killed by Police Have a Disability: Report
- Black, autistic, and killed by police
- An overview of the topic of race, disability, and police violence, with links to reports and statistics
- Additional statistics on police shootings and the shooting of police in the U.S., from the BBC.
- “Where is Hope?” video about police brutality and disability (this is a link to clips; full documentary rents for $3.99)
- “Police Brutality and Disability: When You Can’t Comply” blog by Dominick Evans reflecting on what happens when a person can’t comply because of a disability
- “Disability and Police Terror” is a video showing a performance artist, Lisa Ganser, telling stories of people with disabilities who have been killed by police in the U.S. (this version has captions and audio description)
- “9-Year Old Writes for ‘Black People Everywhere'” is an article from Minneapolis about a letter from 9-year old Andrew Brundidge to the governor, about his three autistic siblings and worries about what police might do to them
- “Police are Murdering Disabled Black People” is an article about Chicago and testimony by citizens to the U.S. Department of Justice
- The Atlantic Article When Police Officers Don’t Know About the ADA
- The New York Times Making Encounters With Police Officers Safer for People With Disabilities
Race, Disability, and Black Lives Matter
- Black and Disabled: How Racial Discrimination Is Amplified by Ableism
- Our calls to action against anti-Black state violence cannot be ableist
- Disability Solidarity: Completing the “Vision for Black Lives”
- Why we need to talk about both race and disability when addressing police brutality.
- “An Open Letter to the Disability Community on Why Black Lives Matter and Allyship” is a letter to disability groups about Black Lives Matter, while also asking Black disabled people to help connect the two groups
- “Why We Need to Talk about Racism as a Mental-Health Trigger” article
- “Ramp Your Voice!”is an organization dedicated to issues of race and disability, and how to make a difference, run by Vilissa Thompson
- Leroy Moore’s interview with Vilissa Thomson about police brutality, Black women with disabilities, and why inclusion of people with disabilities in Black Lives Matter is so important
- The Autism Women’s Network issues a statement in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Resources for Police and Security Officers about Disability and Race
Activism & Resources for Disability Inclusion
- 7 Ways to Make Your Activism More Inclusive of Activists with Disabilities
- 11 Ways to Support Black Lives If You Can’t Go to a Protest
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
Understanding Your Rights, Disability Justice Resource List
- Justice Denied
- Basic Legal Rights
- Working with People with Developmental Disabilities in the Justice System
- Disability Justice Center Faculty
Anti-Ableism & Access Resources
- 10 Ways To Avoid Everyday Ableism
- 4 Ways To Be An Ally To People With Invisible Disabilities
- How To Be An Ally To Sick People
Fragrance and chemical free access:
- East Bay meditation Center-Fragrance Free Accessibility Resources (includes a great collection of links to other articles)
- Making Space Accessible Is An Act Of Love For Our Communities
- 3 Steps To Organizing A Scent Free Space
Upcoming Protests & Resource List
- List of NYC protests happening today
- Know your protesters’ rights via ACLU
- Protester Safety: what to bring and what to do if you get arrested
- Here’s a curfew list so that you can avoid interacting with the police or incurring a fine.
Disability Accessibility Volunteer Opportunities
- Community Access (Captions, Transcripts, Image Descriptions) Facebook Group. People who need access to transcripts, captions, image or video descriptions can post a specific source and other members of the group can make the access happen.
Where to donate:
- Black Lives Matter is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
- George Floyd Memorial Fund raises money to directly support George’s family with costs related to his death, including funeral and burial expenses, counseling and travel expenses for court proceedings as they continue their fight. The money will also go towards care for his children and their education fund.
- The Loveland Foundation started by Rachel Cargle, is a nonprofit that provides financial assistance for Black women and girls seeking mental health support.
- Campaign Zero is dedicated to police reform and works with a 10-point plan aimed at reducing violence. It’s always been an important cause but feels especially urgent now.
- NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund uses litigation, advocacy, and public education to work towards racial justice and equality for all Americans.
- The ACLU remains a champion of segments of the population who have traditionally been denied their rights, with much of our work today focused on equality for people of color, women, gay and transgender people, prisoners, immigrants, and people with disabilities.
- Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. They challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.
- Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.
- Communities United Against Police Brutality is a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis, providing support for survivors of police brutality and families of victims so they can reclaim their dignity and join the struggle to end police brutality.
- The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
- Fair Fight is building voter protection teams with Democratic state parties or local allies across the country to protect the right to vote
- The Brennan Center for Justice is an independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization that works to reform, revitalize, and when necessary, defend our country’s systems of democracy and justice.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the U.S. and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public.
- Black Visions Collective, a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
- Community Bail Funds — Donating through this secure platform is an easy way to support protestors nationwide. The site equally divides your donation between 38 community bail funds or allows you to allocate a desired amount to each fund.
- The Bail Project is a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.
- The National Bail Fund Network also has a directory of community bail funds to which you can donate, along with a COVID-19 rapid response fund. Another list of funds is available here.
- “The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying” by Adam Serwer for The Atlantic
- Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists)
- “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas for The New York Times Magazine
- The 1619 Project, The New York Times Magazine
- The Combahee River Collective Statement
- “The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston for Vox
- Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD
- “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh
- “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi for The Atlantic
- “The Death of George Floyd, In Context” by Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker
- “Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor for The New York Times
- “This Is How Loved Ones Want Us To Remember George Floyd,” by Alisha Ebrahimji for CNN.
- “You shouldn’t need a Harvard degree to survive birdwatching while black” by Samuel Getachew for The Washington Post
- “George Floyd Could Have Been My Brother” by Rita Omokha for Elle
- “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic
- “How to Make This Moment the Turning Point for Real Change” by Barack Obama in Medium
- 1619 (The New York Times)
- About Race
- Code Switch (NPR)
- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Seeing White
- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
- A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature by Jacqueline Goldsby
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
- Biased by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt
- Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino
- Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children In A Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
Films and TV Series:
- 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
- American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
- Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
- Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
- Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
- Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
- I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent on Kanopy
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
- Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
- King In The Wilderness — HBO
- See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
- Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
Organizations to follow on social media:
- Antiracism Center: Twitter
- Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Additional Book Recommendations on Race, Equity, Anti-racism, and Inclusion
- 31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance from Embrace Race
- 31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance from The Conscious Kid
- 7 Essential Books to Read That Will Educate You and Your Kids on Anti-Racism by Laura Galvin
- An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi
- An Essential Reading Guide For Fighting Racism by Arianna Rebolini
- Anti-racism Bookshop List by Ideal Bookshelf
- Anti-racist book resources from Left Bank Books
- Black Stories Matter Bookshop List by Aminah Mae Safi
- Books I Loved in 2020 by Black Authors Bookshop List by Amy Spalding
- Books on anti-racism that you can read right now by Eric Webb
- Don’t Just Read About Racism—Read Stories About Black People Living by Nic Stone
- How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books and Resources That Can Help by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
- Several Antiracist Books Are Selling Out. Here’s What Else Black Booksellers and Publishers Say You Should Read from TIME
- The NCCSD Clearinghouse has a list of resources for planning inclusive events – this was created for colleges, but could be used for rallies, lectures, and other events
- PACER Center has published a list of tips for parents of children with disabilities, to help them learn what to do during interactions with police; this is not specifically for parents of Black children
- 7 Ways to Make Your Activism More Inclusive of Activists with Disabilities
Video & Film Resources
- Where Is Hope – The Art of Murder 2015 Documentary Film