Many of us don’t know much about how many of us are impacted by living with disability in an ablelist world. A lot of us don’t even think of ourselves as part of the largest constituency in the United States. Able people don’t think of themselves as being potentially disabled in the near or far future.
It becomes more and more important for us to see ourselves, each other – and our political power. It becomes essential to raise our voices above the noise- our varied, complex voices- for we are the most diverse segment of American politics- and global politics as well. That inherent diversity means we have perspectives and understandings to share with each other and the world- which others simply do not.
One of the most powerful attempts to help us do this was the #cripthevote campaign of the 2016 election created by The Diversity Visibility Project: the work of
So many participated online I am not sure who had what roles but these folks were great in getting the word out and elevating the discussion.
There are so many more fantastic tweeple I became aware of because of #cripthevote. Thank you all you fantastic participants on the #cripthevote hashtag….go follow all of them on twitter!
Get active! There are so many ways to participate.
If possible DONATE to The Disability Visibility Project.
In their own words:
The 2016 Presidential election is officially over. This was an unprecedented election for many reasons. When #CripTheVote started this past February, our primary goal was “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.”
As the co-partners of #CripTheVote, we’re here to tell you about our expanded vision thanks to the participation of the disability community.
#CripTheVote is a nonpartisan online movement activating and engaging disabled people on policies and practices important to the disability community. Our movement is grounded in online conversations encouraging individual and collective action in the face of inequality, ableism, and oppression in all forms. Our movement is intersectional, local, global, and focused on the political participation of disabled people. Read More on the Disability Visibility Project