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.

We are double booked!

Leipzig and Geneva, here we come!

We are happy to announce that we are gonna be part of 2 info events where we can talk a bit more about this year’s projects and introduce our publication Autonomous Passage. The events are to happen simultaneously in both Leipzig and Geneva with local youth initiatives. The info sessions are a continuation of topics discussed on our youth gathering and also a chance to present our publication to all of you.

Due to the ongoing pandemic the events have reduced in-person participation, write us for registration. But heeey we are also gonna be streaming it live!

Please write us on 2021@eyfa.org for more infos and to get the link if you wish to take part online. The events take place Saturday, 4th December, 8pm local time (CET). The talk is gonna be in English – but both German and French translations are possible upon request.

Come meet us!!!

European Solidarity Corps INFO event

The European Solidarity Corps creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. Find out more here. Are you ready to see new horizons, build new friendships, and learn how to challenge yourself? Then come stop by this info event to learn how you can make it happen!

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Let’s improve the course together

Dear Participants of (Dis?)Ability: An Online Course Fostering Accessibility in Youth Grassroots Groups! Below you can fill our feedback form – we do care about your opinions – a LOT actually! Contact us anytime if you have any ideas on how we can improve our tool, adjust to your local or specific context or what should be the next part. Share your videos, texts or podcasts with us- any recommendations are very welcome. Let’s learn together!

The feedback form is waiting for you HERE.

digitale Barrierefreiheit

Webseiten für mehr Menschen erlebbar machen
mit Johannes Mairhofer

 


Dear friends, we are organizing a small Workshop + lecture on "digital accessibility" and would like to invite you to join us! The event is
taking place online and will provide us with the basics steps on
website accessibility and how can we do it ourselves by simply using
WordPress!
Let's learn together!

The workshop is in German and an English translation is possible.

When: 29th November, 14:00 - 16:00.
Please write us back to get a link for the online meeting.
<2021@eyfa.org>

ps.: upon request we can send you the presentation materials and handout books after the workshop.

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Liebe Freund*innen, wir veranstalten einen kleinen Workshop + Vortrag
zum Thema "Digitale Barrierefreiheit" und möchten Euch herzlich dazu
einladen! Die Veranstaltung findet online statt und wird uns die
grundlegenden Schritte zur Barrierefreiheit von Webseiten vermitteln und wie wir sie selbst einfach mit WordPress umsetzen können! 
Lasst uns gemeinsam lernen!

Der Workshop ist in deutscher Sprache, eine Übersetzung ins Englische
Sprache ist möglich.

Wann: 29. November, 14:00 - 16:00.
Bitte schreiben uns zurück, um den Link für das Online-Meeting zu
erhalten.



(Dis?)Ability 5: Let’s organize an accessible event

Welcome to the fifth lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will learn how to organize an accessible event. Accessibility and intersectionality are about considering various needs of recipients in advance, not about making projects and then thinking how to adapt them, because accessibility is also about an interesting and attractive form (for instance when it comes to culture, educational projects, film festivals etc.)

Initiate a discussion with people from your collective or organisation to find out what you can do to improve. Watch the video together and face the reality; no matter how limited your budget is, how much capacity you lack or how important other issues seem to be – there is no excuse. Try harder!

  • What needs to be changed in your organisation to think about accessibility and intersectionality at the very beginning of your actions?
  • How do you take an intersectional perspective into account in your group/organisation? Have you defined missing or needed areas?
  • Do you have a culture in your group where its easy to express needs and where people try to meet each others needs/make things accessible? If not, how could you create such a culture of care?
  • Are your current projects addressed towards people with disabilities? Do you give them a chance to be addressed and invited? What does that process look like in your group? does it require any improvements?
  • Can you think of examples of how ableist ways of thinking and organising affect everyone in the group?

Quotes:
“Whenever you recognize that everyone is looking the same in the room, there is a problem”.
“Don’t make it [accessibility, inclusion] about a person, it’s better for everyone [those solutions].”

Final task:
Here is the example of the checklist to organise a film festival in person. Based on that create a checklist for one of the events your group organises. Consult with somebody who has the experience of disability about your checklist or/and reach out to one of our experts (You can find links to their website at the end of each video lesson and posts).
Checklist:

  • movie subtitles
  • audio description
  • sign language translation of the movies and the events
  • assisting persons – accessible venue, including the toilets and other spaces
  • all the information about the accessibility available beforehand, including social media
  • people with disabilities in the orga group
  • people with disabilities in the panel discussions
  • visual content description
  • silent room
  • discounts for people with disabilities and free of charge for the assistants
  • information about the public transport/car access to the venue
  • additional screenings with educed levels of incentives
  • workshop for the team.


Further reading recommendations:
Devon Price: Laziness Does Not Exist
https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Laziness-Does-Not-Exist/Devon-Price/9781982140106
Very detailed collaborative document on accessible activism:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-g2dkq17NsRmLum-Km-eTyIxoBtvaSxNHAUK2Dh59fs/edit
A basic accessibility checklist for events: http://www.punchupcollective.org/accessibility-checklist/
A more in-depth checklist can be found here: http://www.dmurring.com/accessibleactivism

Credits:
SchwarzRund – https://schwarzrund.de/
simo tier – https://simo-tier.de/
Lian – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Film Edit: Radical Resilience – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Graphics: Carolina Arciniegas – https://carolina.arciniegas.de/
Additional Images: @pikisuperstar and @freepik
Music: Delila – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgPJsCNzTAhdDdU3Ye0ZVmw

(Dis?)Ability 4: Let’s talk about the online world

Welcome to the fourth lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will explore ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. This time you will learn about accessibility in the online world. You may think you now a lot already, but check what other people have to say, especially when it comes to living with disabilities.

The following questions should help you further your knowledge about the topic discussed in this lesson. Feel free to answer them individually or collectively.

Security:

  • How do you understand safety and security in relation to accessibility in your organization?

Meetings:

  • In what way sticking or not sticking to the agenda/logistics can be an obstacle for people with disabilities?
  • Can you name a few specific tools to make a meeting accessible for people with sensory disabilities?

Internet:

  • How can the Internet be an empowering tool and a barrier at the same time?
  • Are your social media and website accessible? Provide a sample of afacebook, instagram and/or twitter post including accessible solutions – you can work with groups to get a wider perspective – video, visual elements, statement, facebook event etc.

Further reading recommendations:
How to make your webpage accessible: https://www.a11yproject.com/
Check if your website is accessible: https://webaim.org/
Check if you’re using accessible language: https://languagetool.org
Check if you’re website has enough contrast to be well visible: https://contrastchecker.com

Credits:
The Tripple Cripples https://www.youtube.com/c/TheTripleCripples/featured
Saverio
Ry
Polish translation: Alex
Film Edit: Radical Resilience – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Graphics: Carolina Arciniegas – https://carolina.arciniegas.de/
Additional Images: @pikisuperstar and @freepik
Music: Delila – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgPJsCNzTAhdDdU3Ye0ZVmw

In the comment of our expert Kasia you can learn about the specific tools you can use to improve the online accessibility. Anything can be done on your social media with not so much effort! Do not forget to check our final lesson on event organizing, we will be talking about the online world again.

(Dis?)Ability 3: Let’s talk about the language

Welcome to the third lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will explore ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. This time we will take a closer look on the topic of language – how discriminatory or emancipatory it can be, how to speak without harm and, instead, show our solidarity and support on the level of communicating.

This time the task is easy and quick. Make a list of the words mentioned in all video lessons that are considered inappropriate and then destroy it. Don’t forget to make the decision not to use them anymore. Listen to people with the experience you don’t have and follow their advice. The change often starts with language.

Further reading recommendations:
10 Answers to Common Questions People Ask When Being Called Out for Using Ableist Language – https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/on-ableist-language/

Po polsku:
O języku i nie tylko – https://www.humanityinaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/19_pl_o-osobach-z-niepelnosprawnosciami.pdf

Credits:

Katarzyna Bierzanowska – Pełnoprawna – https://www.facebook.pl/pelnoprawna
Film Edit: Radical Resilience – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Graphics: Carolina Arciniegas – https://carolina.arciniegas.de/
Additional Images: @pikisuperstar and @freepik
Music: Delila – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgPJsCNzTAhdDdU3Ye0ZVmw

(Dis?)Ability 2: Let’s talk about political activism and inclusion

Welcome to the second lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will explore ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. In this second lesson you will learn about political activism and inclusion, and ways in which we can make political activism more accessible. Let yourself be inspired by the actions Cécile is sharing in the video <3

Here come the questions and tasks:

  1. What problems are identified by our expert? Are they relevant for your group or in your context?
  2. Write down 3 simple steps you can implement in the near future to make the information about your actions more accessible.
  3. Together with your group draft a concept of inclusion. Who can you invite to support you? What perspective is dominating in your activities and what is missing? Do you know where to find more information?

Further reading recommendations:
Cripping the resistance, article by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha –
https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2020/08/24/cripping-the-resistance-no-revolution-without-us/
Sick Woman Theory by Johanna Hedva – http://johannahedva.com/SickWomanTheory_Hedva_2020.pdf

Auf Deutsch:
Artikel über Aleismus in der Linken in Analyse Kritik von Ash: https://www.akweb.de/ausgaben/676/ableismus-in-der-linken-wer-nicht-huepft-ist-exkludiert/

Credits:
C. Lecomte – https://blog.eichhoernchen.fr/
Video Edit: C. Lecomte
Polish translation: Alex
Film Edit: Radical Resilience – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Graphics: Carolina Arciniegas – https://carolina.arciniegas.de/
Additional Images: @pikisuperstar and @freepik
Music: Delila – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgPJsCNzTAhdDdU3Ye0ZVmw

(Dis?)Ability Lesson 1: Let’s start from the basics

Welcome to the first lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will explore ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. In this first lesson you will work together with your group to create your own definitions of the following terms:

  • Disability
  • Ableism
  • Disability movements

You can compare your definitions with the ones provided by our experts. The following questions will help you in furthering the knowledge you learned in this lesson. They should be a good starting point for a discussion about the themes we have learned so far.

  • Why is it important to acknowledge some flexibility to the definition of disability?
  • Can you think of any example of how a particular definition of disability can change the actual situation/behavior or influence accessibility?

Further reading recommendations:
Sunaura Taylor: “Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation”
Sins Invalids:”Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People – Disability Justice Primer” – https://www.sinsinvalid.org/disability-justice-primer
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: “Care work: Dreaming Disability Justice”
Video with Talila Lewis on racial and disability justice (in the prison system in the US): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z-36OiQ1OA
Funny video about the social model of disability pointed at in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s3NZaLhcc4

Auf Deutsch:
https://archiv-behindertenbewegung.org/
Mika Murstein: “I’m a queerfeminist cyborg, that’s okay”
SchwarzRund und Simo Tier: “Rampe? Reicht!” Podcast: https://rampereicht.de/

Credits:
SchwarzRund – https://schwarzrund.de/
Lian – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Film Edit: Radical Resilience – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Graphics: Carolina Arciniegas – https://carolina.arciniegas.de/
Additional Images: @pikisuperstar and @freepik
Music: Delila – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgPJsCNzTAhdDdU3Ye0ZVmw

And here comes the first update! Our speaker sent this short video with an additional aspect of ableism.