How do we address disability rights and oppression based on race at the same time? Keep learning. Keep listening. Leslie Grover, Ph.D. of Assisi House shares her insight.
How do we address oppression based on race and disability?
Leslie Grover, Ph.D., President-Founder, Assisi House
The question is, how can we advocate for disability rights and civil rights at the same time?
When you advocate for one, you really are advocating for the other because of this intersectionality that goes on. So one of the things that you can advocate for is actually working with organizations and donating your time and resources to organizations that actually work with both groups. Or disability advocacy groups that are run by people of color, black people, women.
Another one is doing the others, is finding those, for example, black nonprofits like Assisi House. We work with vulnerable populations. So working with an organization like us and investing in an organization like us, for instance, would be ways to advocate.
And of course, the very best way that you can begin to advocate is just to keep learning and understanding what you can do within your own realm with those small everyday things to advocate on behalf of both those who are often left out of the process of advocacy and those whose voices are sometimes not heard as loudly as they should be.
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To hear more from Dr. Leslie Grover on the intersection between civil rights and disability rights, check out her recent webinar.
Or, check out another short video to hear how she answers How are civil rights and disability rights connected?