Disability Working Group

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The Disability Working Group is committed to a democratic socialism that includes full participation for all people, regardless of ability or impairment, in all aspects of life. Therefore, we oppose ableism in all forms. Disability and ableism impacts everyone, and advancing toward the liberation and full inclusion of disabled people brings us closer to a truly just society for all. 

The disabled comprise the most vulnerable segments of society and therefore suffer disproportionately from the effects of colonialism, war, poverty, and racism. Yet disabled people have historically been leading forces in movements for social change. As a recognition and understanding of ableism and disability are requisite to any liberatory project, we believe it is essential to move beyond the medical and social models of disability to a class-based analysis of how human differences become disabilities under the conditions of oppression and exploitation inherent to capitalism. 

We fight for disability justice in our demands for universal healthcare, accessible housing, ecosocialism, and autonomy over the conditions and choices that shape our lives. We are abolitionists, and join with the prison and police abolition efforts, to reject incarceration in any institution, and coercive use of control over people. We fight against the recurrence of eugenics and scientific racism, opposing any return to asylums, sheltered workshops, and institutionalization. 

We demand recognition of the value inherent in all our unique contributions to society. We demand the resources and accommodations needed for full inclusion in our communities, as a priority, beyond the narrow progress made by reforms such as the Americans With Disabilities Act.

We actively work for inclusion of disabled people in all aspects of DSA and all settings where DSA participates, including accommodation of in-person and online meetings. This includes captioning, sign language interpretation, visual presentation design, welcoming diverse communication styles, trauma-informed organizing, accommodation of variable energy and capacity, and other accommodations following principles of healing justice. Within the constraints of an authoritarian capitalist social context widely hostile to the disabled, we educate DSA organizers to meaningfully move towards universal access to DSA participation, through comradely advocacy and critique.

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Our Committees

Governance and Nominating (Governance)
Programs and Campaigns (Programs)
Records and Membership (Records)
Correspondence and Communications (Communications)
Finance Operations and Resource Development (Accessibility)

Our Current Executive Board

Cassidy P – Chair Nathan A – Director
Brynne O – Vice Chair for Governance Patrick A – Director
Kristen S – Vice Chair for Programs Shayna A – Director
Ryan V – Recording Secretary Brandon H – Director
Renee E – Communications Secretary Muni K – Director
Allison T – Finance and Accessibility Officer Chris L – Director
Kara H – Ex-Officio NPC Cindy P – Director
*VACANCY* – Ex-Officio YDSA Carly S – Director


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