In Defense of Black Life

There is no place for racism or anti-black racism in our grassroots social & climate justice movement.

We encourage all of our network and readers of this website to self-educate (e.g. here bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES) and to reflect on the global state of pandemia and the recent uprisings for racial justice as opportunities to resist, dismantle, and sabotage this white-supremacist, colonialist regime. This uprising against excessive, brutal, and militarized policing has called attention to the pervasiveness of anti-blackness in our communities. There is no way forward without mobilizing our resources and energy towards the powerful ongoing efforts to defend black lives and towards the political necessity of reparations and related wealth redistribution.

As we are based in Germany, we acknowledge that anti-black racism is not a systemic problem only in the US, but also deeply a european one. We stand in solidarity with the anti-racism movement here in Germany whose activism combats pervasive institutionalized racism, condemns racialized police brutality and profiling, and decolonizes our streets. We stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and all the intersectional internationalist movements fighting for decolonization and racial justice worldwide. 

Racial justice is climate justice. Black disabled lives matter. Black trans lives matter. ALL Black lives matter.

Autonomous Passage: intentional access for / by mindful movements

Dear friends,
we are happy to announce that our publication is ready!
You can download your online version HERE

We’re tremendously excited to address and share the process of ongoing (and frankly, long overdue) conversations that have been transforming the ways in which we conceive our roles and mindsets as community organizers and individuals. In this brochure, we have collected some impressions, personal experiences, tips and data concerning accessibility in a very basic way. We find it important to note the many different layers and intersections of accessibility on physical, mental, financial & bureaucratic levels, paying close attention to how these factors impact individuals and communities in different depths.

As an international network of grassroots groups, European Youth for Action (EYFA) has been working on a year-long project visibilizing the structural and societal challenges that young and/
or marginalised people with disabilities face within and outside of movements. We hope to encourage activists to question their understanding of accessibility and inclusion with the aim of building and strengthening solidarity practices and allyship. We engaged with various disability justice groups and individuals with invisible and visible disabilities to gather various perspectives that are compiled in this guide. Our previous work in social and climate justice contexts has shown us how much we have to learn about contributing to empowering and accessible spaces, particularly in the context of gatherings, training, parties, concerts, and other events that invite collaboration.

As part of our collective learning journey, and as a group composed of people with and without (in-)visible disabilities, neurodiversities and chronic illnesses ourselves, we are sharing here interviews, articles, comics, tools, and online resources that all have something to say about disability justice. We hope this guide offers insights on how we can better organise ourselves /
events / networks and daily life in a way that is more inclusive and accessible to all, regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or class.

Enjoy reading!
Love and Solidarity,
EYFA

(Dis?)Ability

(Dis?)Ability: An Online Course Fostering Accessibility in Youth Grassroots Groups

Introduction

What?

(Dis?)Ability is an online course that explores ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. The course is divided in 5 lessons that tackle topics such as accessibility, inclusivity, disability justice, privilege and oppression in youth activist movements. It also aims to create a space to reflect about self-organized events and spaces in terms of access and inclusivity. These lessons will provide tools to challenge existing barriers in these spaces and to incentivise a move towards dismantling them.

For whom?

The content of the course was created for and by youths in grassroots groups, along with people experiencing limited access to activist spaces, due, for example, to disability or illness. It is thought for people that are actively involved in activism and event organising, and that wish to make this practice more accessible and inclusive.

How?

The course consists of 5 video lessons that are accessible through our website without the need of previous registration. There will also be no tests or grading of any kind. Each video lesson will have subtitles in different languages and there will also be a downloadable PDF transcription of the entire contents of each lesson.

More Resources

ADDITIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA RESOURCES


INFO MATERIAL / COLLECTIVES
:

BUFU: By Us For Us http://www.bufubyusforus.com/

Cripple Media: https://cripplemedia.com/
Disability Visibility Project: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com

Healing Justice Ldn https://healingjusticeldn.org/

Mad Pride Berlin: https://www.pride-parade.de/about

No shade collective https://www.noshade.eu/

Pieces to Pathways https://breakawaycs.ca/who-we-are/about/
PoC Online Classroom: https://www.poconlineclassroom.com/disability-justice
Project LETS: https://projectlets.org/resources
Radical Resilience: https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Romily Alice Walden: https://romilyalicewalden.com/Primer
Sick Affinity Group (SAG): http://sicknessaffinity.org/
Sick Time Press (STP): http://sicktimepress.com/
Sins Ivalid: https://www.sinsinvalid.org/
The Autisticats: https://theautisticats.weebly.com/
The Triple Cripples: https://thetriplecripples.uk/
Winvisible: https://winvisibleblog.wordpress.com/

Carolyn Lazard´s Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice: https://promiseandpractice.art

Feministische Recherche Gruppe: http://www.feministische-recherchegruppe.org

Resoruces Libraries: https://pixelrave.life/ResourcesLibraries 

Free Digital Tools: https://pixelrave.life/FreeDigitalTools

Pad compiled by Rotterdam-based Varia: https://pad.vvvvvvaria.org/digital-solidarity-networks

Online communication and web-accessibility tools: https://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility  

Online communication and web-accessibility tools: https://ramp-up.me/en/communication/  

Online communication and web-accessibility tools: https://www.aktion-mensch.de/inklusion/barrierefreiheit

PODCASTS:

Rose Parker’s Psychosis Positivity Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/rose-parkers-show

ARTICLES:

CONSULTATION:
BarrierefreiPosten: https://barrierefreiposten.de/barrierefreiPosten.html
Dis check: https://www.instagram.com/discheck_/
Sozial Helden: https://sozialhelden.de/

YOUTUBE CHANNELS

Being Hermon Heroda: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpu4KAz5JzNSPSW4GwzCDEQ Longmore Institute: https://www.youtube.com/user/LongmoreInstitute

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS:

auf deutsch:
Aktion Mensch: https://www.instagram.com/aktion_mensch/
Barrierefrei Posten: https://www.instagram.com/barrierefreiposten/
Criptonite: https://www.instagram.com/criptonite.insta/
Ed Greve: https://www.instagram.com/edwin.greve/
Kiara https://www.instagram.com/p/CROxbkFsS79/
Leeroy Matata: https://www.instagram.com/leeroymatata/
Rampe?Reicht! https://www.instagram.com/rampereicht/
schwarzrund: https://www.instagram.com/schwarzrund/


en espanõl:
Disabled Latinx Movement: https://www.instagram.com/disabledlatinx/


em portugues brasileiro:
Kollinn: https://www.instagram.com/kollinnb/
Leo Castilho: https://www.instagram.com/leocastilho/
Lorena Eltz: https://www.instagram.com/lorenaeltzz/Lorrane Silva: https://www.instagram.com/_pequenalo/
Rita D’ Libra: https://www.instagram.com/ritadlibra/
Victor di Marco: https://www.instagram.com/victordimarco/

in english:
AJ https://www.instagram.com/sensoryhuman/
Alice Wong: https://www.instagram.com/disability_visibility/
Alyssa Mackenzie https://www.instagram.com/makelemonadewithlupus/
Autie Self-care https://www.instagram.com/autieselfcare/
Autism Sketches https://www.instagram.com/autism_sketches/
Autism Speaking: https://www.instagram.com/autism.speaking/
Autoimmune Tales https://www.instagram.com/autoimmune_tales/
Black Disabled Creatives: https://www.instagram.com/blackdisabledcreative/
Black fly zine https://www.instagram.com/blackflyzine/?hl=en
Boaz Murinzi, Murema: https://www.instagram.com/boaz_m_murema/
Bodies in Translation: https://www.instagram.com/bodiesintranslation/
BPD awareness https://www.instagram.com/borderlinepd_awareness/
Candice Alaska https://www.instagram.com/candicealaska/
Crip Camp Film: https://www.instagram.com/cripcampfilm/
Cripple Queers: https://www.instagram.com/cripplequeers/
Disability Connect: https://www.instagram.com/disability.connect/
Disability Reframed: https://www.instagram.com/disabilityreframed/
Esme “Pixie” Jay https://www.instagram.com/pixiesbigwhy/
Mel Mallory https://www.instagram.com/acutepsychotic/
Misery Party: https://www.instagram.com/miseryparty/
Mx Neurodivergent https://www.instagram.com/mxneurodivergent/
Rose Parker https://www.instagram.com/psychosispsositivity/
Sef Scatterbrain https://www.instagram.com/sefscatterbrain/
Sins Invalid: https://www.instagram.com/sinsinvalid/
The Autisticats: https://www.instagram.com/the.autisticats/
The Depression Chronicles: https://www.instagram.com/the_depression_chronicles11/
Triple Cripples: https://www.instagram.com/triplecripples/
What is Mental Illness: https://www.instagram.com/what.is.mental.illness/
Yellow Jackets Collective https://www.instagram.com/yellowjacketscollective/?hl=en

‘How to be an ally?’

European Solidarity Corps volunteers are back!

Come to our workshop ‘How to be an ally?’ This is the 2nd part for people who participated in the previous one. If you have not though please contact us. Registration – eyfa[at]eyfa.org.

When? September the 9th. How long? 2 hours. Please get familiar with the current Covid-19 regulation in New Yorck.

Ella Baker School in conversation with Alicia Garza, Co founder of Black Lives Matter

Ella Baker School in conversation with Alicia Garza, Co founder of Black Lives Matter

We are delighted to announce that the Ella Baker School will be joined by Alicia Garza, co- founder of Black Lives Matter on September 9th 2021, 7pm BST over Zoom.

Alicia’s book titled The Purpose of Power will be published in paperback in the UK and the Ella Baker School will be in conversation with her discussing key themes in the book. Following on with Q&A.

Sign up and please do share details of this event.
Registration link:
https://actionnetwork.org/events/ella-baker-school-in-conversation-with-alicia-garza-co-founder-of-black-lives-matter?nowrapper=true

Start: Thursday, September 09, 2021 • 7:00 PM • British Summer Time (GMT+01:00)

End: Thursday, September 09, 2021 • 9:00 PM • British Summer Time (GMT+01:00)

Accessible and Inclusive Event Organizing: collaborative tools and tactics in practice

EN / PT / ES / DE /

Date: 27 September – 03 Oktober
Place: Quecke – antidiscriminatory & selforganized seminarhouse, queerfeminist landproject in northeastern brandenburg, Germany.

We would like to invite you to be a part of this international gathering, which will bring
together young activists to share ideas, experiences and practical tools to challenge the ways
we organize events, making them more accessible to all. Join us for a week of horizontal
learning processes with workshops, discussion spaces for sharing experiences & collective
self-care tools, strengthening our networks of support and solidarity.

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Moving towards an accessible future –

ESC project presents a series of events run by EYFA volunteers

Any types of barriers – to start from the stairs, through the language and way of communicating/participating to end up with technical obstacles. And the structural ones! Economical, cultural, legal. Is the activism place for white, cis and abled bodies only?

Let’s proof together it is not. Let’s talk, learn and investigate how to increase the accessibility in our movements. Let’s hang out to build the connections, we are stronger together.

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Fascism, Family, Religion: Queer Resistance in Poland and Germany – participate online!

100 places in Poland declared themselves as “LGBT-free zones”. Queers are not welcome there. In 2015 the PiS party came with nearly 40% of the votes into government for whom homo-and transphobia is a fundamental part of their ideology. In spite of this political climate activists took the streets and created public form of protest like creatively changing monuments. In the last years Germany witnessed an uprise in anti-queer-networks like the “Demo für Alle” (March for all) were right and christian groups organised nationwide protest.

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Looking for collaborators!

EYFA is looking for collaborators in 2021.  We hope to explore how multiple forms of inequalities affect socially marginalized groups with the aim of understanding and practicing accessibility that moves us closer to justice. Our overarching workplan for 2021 focuses on the intersection between disability and racial justice, within which we are planning to open room for critical thoughts e exchanges, host an international youth exchange, create a publication and develop an online course. 

We are looking for people/groups to get involved in the organizational process of these activities, in particular we are looking for:

  • disability justice individuals/groups who are open to sharing their knowledge and experiences in the disability rights movement
  • content contributors (disability and racial justice writers/vloggers/activists/educators, etc for the publication & online course) 
  • designers (web and graphic designers for publication & online course)
  • facilitators for (hopefully in-person) training
  • project conceptualization
  • organizing team to help in planning logistics


The idea of this collaborative magazine is to create a guide on how we can better organize ourselves / events / networks and daily life in a way that is more inclusive and accessible to all. The final work will be distributed among grassroots groups/projects & basically any individual interested in creating spaces that are safer and accessible!

Any input, feedback or proposals you may have is very welcomed. Please share this general info with your trusted comrades who might be interested . Further, if you have any suggestions for groups or organizations that we should contact to collaborate with on this workplan, share your tips with us!