Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Alice Wong
Stacey Park Milbern taught us so much. Here is a syllabus with a small sample of her work through interviews, blog posts, videos, and more. Although she has become an ancestor, the ways she taught us about disability justice, love, organizing and so much more are her living legacy on this planet. We can keep her present by sharing and practicing what we learned from her.
This hashtag was created by members of the Radical Monarchs , an activism organization for young girls of color. Stacey taught the disability justice curriculum at the Radical Monarchs for the past several years. The Monarchs are in the process of making a video project celebrating Stacey and lifting up what they learned about DJ from her. We thank the Radical Monarchs for their leadership and creativity.
A photo of Stacey Park Milbern, a mixed race Korean and white queer person, holding a paper sign that reads “Cherished.”
Blog posts, book chapters, poetry, essays, speeches
Speech for disabled students at the UC Santa Cruz Disability Resource Center graduation ceremony, June 13, 2019.
“ On the Ancestral Plane: Crip Hand Me Downs and the Legacy of Our Movements,” March 10, 2019, Disability Visibility Project.
“Notes on Access Washing,” February 20, 2019, Disability Justice Network of Ontario.
Remarks at Light up the Blackouts: A Vigil and Community Gathering, October 10, 2019, Disability Visibility Project.
Message for crowdfunding campaign for the Disability Justice Culture Club
“The Politics of Space and Belonging: Disability in Our Libraries,” Presentation for San Francisco Public Library (slides), 2019.
“Reflections as Congress Debates our Futures” in Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People, October 2018, Disability Visibility Project.
“Crip Lineages, Crip Futures: A Conversation with Stacey Milbern,” Chapter 19 in Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, 2018, Arsenal Pulp Press.
“Beauty Always Recognizes Itself”: A Roundtable on Sins Invalid, 2018 co-authored with Patricia Berne, Jamal T. Lewis, Malcolm Shanks, Alok Vaid-Menon and Alice Wong, Women’s Studies Quarterly (register for free online access).
“A Life of My Own Terms, Thanks to Medicaid,” July 13, 2017, ACLU blog
“From a Culture of Institutionalization to a Community of Inclusion,” (presentation slides), 2014, UC San Francisco.
“Accessibility,” 2012 in Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities, edited by Victoria Law and China Martens.
“Between My Fingers,” 2011, in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan Coyote and Zena Sharman.
“Pieces of Us: The Telling of Our Transformation,” 2011, co-authored by Mia Mingus and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha in Feminisms in Motion edited by Jess Hoffman
Crips Visiting Detroit! June 2, 2010, Creating Collective Access
dear ada generation, November 21, 2008, CripChick weblog
forgotten tongues, November 16, 2008, CripChick weblog
Stacey Park Milbern outside smiling at the camera with gold rimmed aviator sunglasses on. Her short, undercut styled hair is swooped forward over her forehead a little to the right. A tiger tattoo curls up her bare right arm. She is wearing a grey sleeveless tee shirt with a bold black horizontal stripe and red and black plaid leggings.
Interviews and features
“Disability Can Save Your Life” For Stacey Park by Kenny Fries.
“Stacey Milbern, a Warrior for Disability Justice, Dies at 33,” Neil Genzlinger, June 6, 2020, New York Times.
“What Disability Justice Activist Stacey Park Milbern Taught Us,” Devin Katayama, Ericka Cruz Guevarra, Alan Monticello, May 29, 2020, KQED The Bay podcast.
“In Loving Memory of Stacey Milbern Park,” May 27, 2020, Allied Media Projects.
“Stacey Park Milbern, Disability Justice Advocate Who Organized Coronavirus Mutual Aid, Dies at 33,” May 26, 2020, Democracy Now.
Compilation of Tweets from #StaceyTaughtUs Twitter takeover, Alice Wong, May 23, 2020.
DVP Interview: Stacey Park Milbern and Dolores Tejada, May 27, 2020
#StaceyTaughtUs: Record your story for the Disability Visibility Project, May 23, 2020.
DVP Interview: Stacey Park Milbern Remembered, May 23, 2020.
“Loving Stacey Park Milbern: A Remembrance,” Alice Wong, May 19, 2020, Disability Visibility Project.
“Disabled people, advocates urge Gov. Newsom to spurn hospital and nursing home request for COVID-19 legal immunity,” Joe Eskenazi, May 6, 2020, Mission Local.
“How PG&E’s Power Shutoffs Sparked an East Bay Disability Rights Campaign,” Matthew Green, November 6, 2019, KQED.
“California power shutoff: how PG&E’s actions hit the medically vulnerable the hardest,” Vivian Ho, October 11, 2019, The Guardian.
“500,000 in California Are Without Electricity in Planned Shutdown,” Thomas Fuller, October 9, 2019, The New York Times.
Ep 6: Labor, Care Work, and Disabled Queer Femmes with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Stacey Milbern , October 22, 2017, Disability Visibility podcast.
“Why Americans With Disabilities Fear Medicaid Cuts,” Jeremy Raff, July 10, 2017, The Atlantic.
Living with a Disability: A Conversation with Stacey Milbern, March 31, 2014, WITH Foundation
Interview with Stacey Milbern, Joyce Bender, September 20, 2011 (audio only), Disability Matters.
Don’t Leave School Without It – What’s in Your Wallet? (archived webinar, register to access it) March 15, 2010, Virginia Commonwealth Universit y.