[Athen] Next Monday: Abolition, Deinstitutionalization, and Decarceration in the Pandemic

Lydia X. Z. Brown lydia at autistichoya.com
Mon Jan 18 17:45:55 PST 2021

Please join the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network next week for a
discussion on abolition and disability justice.

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*Abolition, Deinstitutionalization, and Decarceration in the Pandemic*

Monday, 25 January 2021, at 8:00 PM Eastern / 5:00 PM Pacific

(registration is free)

The pandemic has hit hardest and deadliest in institutions including jails
and prisons, psych hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, and large-scale
developmental disabilities institutions. This webinar will discuss
connections between disability justice and abolition, explain
deinstitutionalization and decarceration, and explore strategies that
advocates and organizers are using to challenge ableism, racism, and other
forms of violence arising during the pandemic.

We will provide ASL interpretation (with a CDI), CART captioning, and video
and audio-only connection options.


- *Dustin P. Gibson* works in the tradition of deinstitutionalization
and has worked with Centers for Independent Living (IL) in Pittsburgh, PA
and both of the national IL organizations. He is the Access, Disability and
Language Justice Coordinator at PeoplesHub, a Peer Support Trainer with
Disability Link in Atlanta, GA and a founding member of the Harriet Tubman

- *Shain M. Neumeier* is a lawyer, activist, and community organizer,
and an out and proud member of the disabled, trans, queer, and asexual
communities. They focus on ending abuse and neglect of disabled youth in
schools and treatment facilities. Shain has worked with the Intersex and
Genderqueer Recognition Project, the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network,
and the Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth.


- Lydia X. Z. Brown, AWN Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs

Please note that after registering on EventBrite, you will also receive
instructions for receiving a Zoom link. AWN will host this event on Zoom as
well as livestream to Facebook.

[Event banner shows a muted photograph of large gates in a stone wall
opening in the background. The text says Abolition, Deinstitutionalization,
& Decarceration in the Pandemic, January 25 at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific.
There are photos of two people - a Black person with short dark hair and a
beard looking directly at the camera, and a white person with short blond
hair and glasses smiling. Under the photos are the names Dustin Gibson and
Shain Neumeier. The corner shows the AWN logo - a large letter A with a
dragonfly on it, and the words awnnetwork.org]
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