Bias, Ableism, and Collective Liberation

Crip Camp documentary - "Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement."

Rejoicing Spirits - Mosaic works to help faith communities welcome people with disabilities. - "Sonya Renee Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, world-renowned activist and thought leader on racial justice, body liberation and transformational change, international award winning artist, and founder of The Body Is Not an Apology (TBINAA), a global digital media and education company exploring the intersections of identity, healing, and social justice through the framework of radical self-love."

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An invitation to reflect on how bias -- implicit or explicit -- impacts the way we navigate the world and disrupts our ability to practice community care. We will discuss intersectionality as it pertains to power dynamics, both interpersonally and systemically. We will specifically highlight how ableism (internal, external, and systemic) harms us all and how accommodations and access for disabled folks are at the center of collective liberation, safety, and care.

Janelle Scales is a consultant, organizer, activist, storyteller, and writer. She has been educating children and adults for over a decade on social justice topics including but not limited to racism, sexism, transphobia, and ableism. She has worked with people across the nation including educators, lawyers, parents, doctors, and screenwriters leading Anti-Bias Education Workshops, DEI trainings, and offering private consulting. Her personal conviction and commitment to social justice resonates, convicts, and inspires audiences to engage in self-reflection and community action.

If you missed Janelle's prior presentation with us on April 10, we invite you to watch that here: Children, Power Dynamics, and Radical Compassion.