“10 PRINCIPLES OF DISABILITY JUSTICE (Source: Sins Invalid)

  • 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 POLITICS: 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.”
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