#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).