#CripTheVote Twitter Chat
Disability, Violence & Public Policy
Sunday, July 24, 2016
5:00-6:00 pm EST
Hosted by Andrew Pulrang, Gregg Beratan, and Alice Wong, #CripTheVote Twitter chats explored various policy issues important to people with disabilities this year. For our eighth Twitter chat, we discuss the relationships between disability, violence, and public policy.
You can find the questions for this chat in this post. For some stats and related articles, check out the links below.
In our upcoming chat, violence can encompass the following (and is not limited to):
- Hate speech
- Bullying, harassment, abuse (emotional, physical, verbal, social)
- Microagressions, non-physical violence
- Physical harm, injuries, pain, and death
- Forced treatment, restraint, isolation
- Deprivation and the withholding of services, access, and equipment
- Institutional and policy-related violence on disabled people
By no means are we experts on violence, but this is an opportunity for us as a community to highlight the issues and stories that matter to us.
This Twitter chat will be archived in Storify for anyone who would like to see it in chronological order at a later date.
This chat may be triggering so please practice self-care. Feel free to take breaks during the chat and ask for help and support if you are distressed.
How to Participate
When the chat begins, check out the live-stream: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote
or search #CripTheVote on Twitter for a series of live-tweets.
Use the hashtag #CripTheVote when you tweet. If you can’t join us on 7/24, feel free to tweet anytime before or after with the hashtag.
Check out this explanation of how to participate in a chat by Ruti Regan: https://storify.com/RutiRegan/examplechat
Introductory Tweets for 7/24 Twitter Chat
Welcome to our 8th chat! Today, please remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet.
If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”
Few notes: ‘violence’ in this chat is used broadly, not only about physical force, injury, or death. #CripTheVote
Violence can be insidious, subtle, long-term, or a single incident. It can happen anywhere, anytime. #CripTheVote
For this chat, we’ll talk about violence in terms of certain domains or spheres where they can take place #CripTheVote
We won’t be able to cover all forms of violence or every issue, but we hope it’s a start to a longer discussion. #CripTheVote
When we say ‘disabled people’ we’re talking about all groups. Feel free to speak about specific communities #CripTheVote
For each domain, we’ll ask for your views, stories, potential solutions, recommendations #CripTheVote
If you become distressed or triggered, please engage in self-care and take a break. Sending you all crip hugs in advance! #CripTheVote
Questions for 7/24/16 #CripTheVote Chat
Q1 What are the most important issues regarding violence that concern you as a disabled person? #CripTheVote
Q2 What are some damaging & ableist misconceptions about disabled ppl that perpetuate violence? #CripTheVote
Q3 Any discussion of violence must include white supremacy, intersectionality & inequality. Agree/Disagree? Why? Thoughts? #CripTheVote
When we refer to White Supremacy we are referring to a system of racial oppression NOT organizations like Nazis & the KKK. #CripTheVote
Q4 Have you experienced violence of any kind as a disabled person in public spaces (ex: microaggressions, hate speech/crimes)? #CripTheVote
Q5 Interpersonal violence (families, friends): Impact on disabled ppl? Changes you want to see? Solutions? #CripTheVote
Q6 Violence by caregivers & service providers: Impact on disabled ppl? Changes you want to see? Solutions? #CripTheVote
Q7 Violence in educational settings (schools/campus): Impact on disabled ppl? Changes you want to see? Solutions? #CripTheVote
Q8 Violence in healthcare settings & institutions (hospitals, prisons, nursing homes): Impact? Changes/solutions? #CripTheVote
Q9 Violence by law enforcement & agents of the state (ex: TSA, police): Impact on disabled ppl? Changes? Solutions? #CripTheVote
Q10 Training & awareness can only go so far. What are the cultural/policy/systemic changes needed to prevent violence? #CripTheVote
Q11 What resources and tools do disabled people have at their disposal to respond to violence in their lives? #CripTheVote
Q12 What do you demand from policymakers & elected officials on this issue? New laws? Data, funding, research? Other? #CripTheVote
Community-based approaches such as transformative justice is one way to address violence & its roots: http://www.phillystandsup.com/tj.html #CripTheVote
Restorative justice is another example that involves community-based solutions to violence & conflict http://rjoyoakland.org/restorative-justice/ #CripTheVote
These approaches shift “justice as harming” to “justice as healing” and repairs harm by including everyone’s voices #CripTheVote
Q13 How do you define ‘justice’ when it comes to violence toward disabled people? What can be done when the state & law fails? #CripTheVote
This ends our #CripTheVote chat. Many thanks to everyone who participated. Please feel free to continue the convo!
This Twitter chat will be archived in Storify later this evening. Look for the link with the hashtag #CripTheVote
Resources on voting and people with disabilities:
#CripTheVote Facebook Page:
A note on language and why we use the term ‘crip’
#CripTheVote is a nonpartisan campaign to engage both voters and politicians in a productive discussion about disability issues in the United States, with the hope that Disability takes on greater prominence within the American political landscape.
While #CripTheVote is a nonpartisan project, we understand that many people have already developed preferences for particular candidates. This is great–we only ask that everyone is respectful in their interactions with each other. Our primary focus here is on increasing engagement with disability issues as a part of American politics and on the need for that we are all in agreement!
Please note we do not represent the entire disability community nor would we ever claim to do so. There are many ways to create social change and engaging in conversation is one approach.