PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual

Intertwined Struggles: No Justice Without Disability Justice


Disability is a natural part of the human experience. Histories of ableism shape how disability uniquely lives in the bodyminds of the present, but those histories are rarely unearthed.


By contextualizing and exploring the racist-ableist roots of eugenics, white supremacy, enslavement, institutionalization and incarceration, we can identify how disability is implicated and/or excluded from our work.


Developing a more expansive understanding of disability and ableism will allow us to find ways to implement practices of Disability Justice to increase solidarity between more people and movements.



Dustin Gibson (DART) and Talila A. Lewis (HEARD)

Training Length and Type:


120 minutes per session


Connect as an individual

Workshop Offered:


Wednesday, November 20


From 4-6pm PT/ 6-8pm CT/ 7-9pm ET




Tuesday, December 10


From 4-6pm PT/ 6-8pm CT/ 7-9pm ET

This training is ideal for:


Activists, organizers, cultural workers, and anyone interested in building relationships between disabled and non-disabled communities.

Training Outcomes


By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Expand understandings of ableism and disability
  • Identify common and overlapping struggles within and across communities (disabled and non-disabled)
  • Increase solidarity with Disabled people and movements, and within disability communities (i.e. end racism, classism, ableism within disability communities)
  • Identify practices/ways for integrating a disability justice framework and practices into your life and work
What do you do to prepare?


Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to speak and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, and headphones.



Choose what to pay, starting at $20. The true cost of this workshop is $50/person, which allows us to continue offering programs like this one and pay trainers a fair wage for their time and expertise. Like you, our trainers work hard for change in their communities and have often developed the knowledge, skill and gifts that they are offering through many unpaid hours — let’s support them to be sustainable in their work and craft!

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Dustin Gibson

Dustin Gibson is a community builder that develops he[art]work to expand the collective consciousness of marginalized communities and address the nexus between race, class, and disability. He works across classrooms, neighborhoods, kid jails, and adult prisons to support people in finding home and engage in creating a world without jails and prisons.


He’s worked with all three Centers for Independent Living (IL) in Pittsburgh and has held positions with both of the national IL organizations. He co-founded DART, an organization led by disabled people that works to end the institutionalization of disabled people and assist them in navigating systems to live in the community of their choosing with the dignity of risk.

Talila A. Lewis

Talila A. Lewis is an attorney, organizer and educator who helps people understand the inextricable links between racism, classism, ableism and structural inequity. Lewis’s advocacy primarily focuses on ending all forms of violence against multiply-marginalized people, especially those affected by institutionalization and incarceration. As such, Lewis created the only national database of deaf/blind imprisoned people in the U.S. and works to correct and prevent deaf wrongful conviction cases as the volunteer director of HEARD. Lewis co-created the Harriet Tubman Collective and has served as a visiting professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and as a public interest law lecturer at Northeastern University School of Law.