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#BLM & #BDLM Protest

By June 8, 2020 June 27th, 2020 2 Comments

#BlackLivesMatter & #BlackDisabledLivesMatter Protest

On June 6th, Justice Shorter and Keri Gray through the NAMD Advocates organized disabled BIPOC and our allies to participate in the #BlackLivesMatter protest in front of the White House in Washington, DC. 

Thanks to a flood of collective efforts, the NAMD Adocates were able to:

  • Organize around 100 people to protest at the White House.
  • Organize a remote team of around 40 people with efforts led by Conchita Hernandez.
  • Provide ASL interpreters, medics, lawyers, journalists, comms crew, water, snacks and other supplies.
  • Through the support of DC Area of Black Deaf Advocates, we were able to uplift the initials of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in American Sign Language. #SignHisName #SignHerName #SignTheirNames
  • Amplify the narratives of Black disabled folks who have been killed by our policing system.
  • Amplify the narrative that #BlackLivesMatter.

Please note, these efforts feed into the overarching demands and progress towards Black liberation. We encourage folks to stay involved through some of the suggestions below.

  • Amplify the narratives of Black disabled people who have been killed by our police system. Their stories are powerful, and they will not be forgotten.
  • Utilize the hashtag #BlackDisabledLivesMatter along with #BlackLivesMatter. Your amplification is how we continue to apply pressure and raise visibility around the BLM Movement.
  • Share your experiences of participating in the Black Lives Matter Movement (whether remotely or on the ground). We recognize there are many people with disabilities who want to get involved but are unsure of what to expect. Your story and experience can encourage the next person to join the movement.
  • Please feel free to donate towards our cause and circulate how folks can donate via CashApp ($NAMDAdvocates) or Paypal (paypal.me/NAMDAdvocates).   
Photo of Keri and Justice (two Black women) with their fists raised. They are both wearing face masks.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A group of folks making posters for the protest. One person is in a wheelchair.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A large group of people at a protest. Most are kneeling around a small group with mega phones.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A group of posters across the floor. The posters are a red fist with the infinity sign that say Black Disabled Lives Matter.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A group of 7 people posing for a photo.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A group photo of people outside. A couple of people are in wheelchairs and most folks have their fists raised.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A person holding up two posters taped together with rainbow tape. The first is the Black Disabled Lives Matter logo and the second is a description with the name Bruce Kelley at the top.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A black woman in a large crowd. She is holding a sign that says Color is Not a Crime.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A large group at a protest. Many are holding the letter G up in ASL.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A large group walking up the street for a protest. Many are holding posters that represent Black Lives Matter.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A Black person posing for a photo with a large green sign that says "Deafies for BLM"
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
Two people talking to each other in a large crowd.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A woman in a wheelchair talking on a megaphone and cellphone.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A group of 4 people holding various signs that represent Black Lives and Black Disabled Lives Matter.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
Two people making posters for a protest.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
Keri and Justice are looking at each other and both holidng signs that say Black Disabled LIves Matter.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A photo of a poster that says "We walk roll kneel run stand with Ahmaud" in red, black, and silver paint.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
3 Black women posing for a photo outside.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A young Black person at a protest with a sign that says Get Your Knee Off Our Necks.
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson
A person at a protest with a sign that says "Don't Be Silent"
Photo credit: Jen White Johnson

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