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Sunday, September 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Disability Justice 101: Abolition Only When Addressing the Interconnectedness of Oppression (CLE)

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CLE Credit: 1.5 hour for Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society

This panel will discuss the basics of the framework for disability justice. It will convey the need for individuals to constantly work on the decolonization of their bodies from a capitalist, ableist, white, heteropatriarchal system. It will provide the basic foundations for the lens and how the audience can bring it into their work and their Guild chapters.

This major panel CLE includes live CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) English captioning and ASL/English interpretation.

(CLE Credit will be given through the State Bar of CA. After the convention, we'll be emailing out attendance verification forms to all attendees.)

Sponsor: NLG Disability Justice Committee

Celia Brown is the chair of Mindfreedom International, an international organization opposing forced psychiatric treatment. She is a consumer advocate at the New York State Office of Mental Health, and has organized mutl-day conferences on alternatives to forced psychiatric treatment.

AJ Link is the Co-President of the NDLSA dealing with external affairs. He oversees Outreach and Advocacy, Educational Resources, and Professional Development. AJ Link received his JD from The George Washington University Law School in 2020. His studies focused extensively on disability law, international human rights, and space law. AJ has been actively involved with disability advocacy in the Washington, DC area and nationally within the United States.

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on interpersonal and state violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people living at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and language. They are Policy Counsel for the Privacy and Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology; Adjunct Lecturer in Disability Studies for Georgetown University's Department of English; and Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External affairs at the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. They are also founder and volunteer director of the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color's Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment. Currently, they serve as a founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, presidential appointee to the American Bar Association's Commission on Disability Rights, and co-chair of the American Bar Association's Section on Civil Rights & Social Justice, Disability Rights Committee.

Talila A. Lewis is an abolitionist attorney, educator, organizer who helps people understand the inextricable links between racism, classism, ableism and structural inequity. Lewis created the only national database of deaf/blind imprisoned people in the U.S. and works to correct and prevent deaf wrongful conviction cases as the volunteer director of HEARD (www.behearddc.org). Lewis co-created the Harriet Tubman Collective and the Disability Solidarity praxis, and lectured at Northeastern University School of Law and Rochester Institute of Technology. Named a Top 30 Thinker Under 30 by Pacific Standard magazine, Lewis has received numerous awards, including the 2015 White House Champion of Change Award.

Sunday September 27, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
  Major Panel
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