Today’s episode is on violence and disabled people. Activists Mahdia Lynn and Dustin Gibson join Alice for a conversation about police violence toward people with disabilities, police accountability, and prison abolition. You’ll also hear us discuss the pathologization of disabled people in the media related to violence and the power of communities in response to pain and trauma.
Harriet Tubman Collective: A Collective of Black Deaf & Black Disabled organizers, community builders, activists, dreamers, lovers striving for radical inclusion and collective liberation.
Masjid al-Rabia: A women-centered, LGBTQIA+ affirming mosque providing Spiritual Support for Marginalized Muslims.
Dustin Gibson is a Black Disabled community builder that works to undo ableism and racism by operating through a framework of Disability Justice. He currently serves as the Director of Independent Living Services at the Center for Independent Living of South Central Pennsylvania. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Council on Independent Living, constructs curriculum through the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) and works as a consultant with the National Center on Disability and Aging. He provides peer mentoring services as an adviser to APRIL’s Youth Peer-to-Peer mentoring program and is a member of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania’s Crisis Team and Community Police Relations Group. Dustin is the co-founder of the disability-led organization, Disability Advocates for Rights and Transition and is also a member and co-founder of The Harriet Tubman Collective. He provides political education by developing workshops, webinars, discussions and presentations. He also works alongside several community members and grassroots organizations to eliminate police brutality, support students with disabilities and disrupt the school to prison pipeline.
Mahdia Lynn is a writer, educator and community organizer. She is the director of Masjid al-Rabia, a woman-centered LGBTQIA+ affirming mosque in Chicago. You can learn more about her at her website or follow her on Twitter.
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Geraldine Ah-Sue, Audio Producer
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“Algea Tender” by Blue Dot Sessions (Algea Tender by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License.)