#CripTheVote 2019 Online Town Halls

Multicoloured pictures of melting ice, buildings, a DJ turning at a table and a person speaking into a microphone in the background. In speech bubbles, there are the words centering the margins. The logos of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, the laidlaw Foundation, YWCA Hamilton, The Awesome Foundation and Ontario Trillium Foundaton are at the top left. Text reads: "A federal election conversation on the priorities of BIPOC and/or disabled youth."

This federal election, we are collaborating with YWCA Hamilton, and activists Alex Haagaard and Gabrielle Peters, to co-host Centering the Margins, which will engage BIPOC and disabled people in the electoral process.

It is estimated that one in five Canadians over the age of 15 has one or more disabilities. Yet disability justice perspectives remain underrepresented in our national political discourse, and many disabled people in Canada cannot physically or directly engage their candidates with important questions in traditional formats for a variety of health or access related reasons. To fill this gap, the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) is collaborating with disability activists across the country to run an online #CripTheVote campaign from September 23rd to October 20th. Taken from the original #CripTheVote model in the United States, which engages thousands of residents with disabilities each election, disabled people and their allies will participate in a series of online town hall discussions to address current issues in federal politics through a disability justice lens.

These Twitter town halls will take place on Sundays at 2pm EST / 11am PST, and will be hosted by @djnontario @alexhaagaard and @mssinenomine. You can find more information about each discussion, and how to participate, by clicking the links below.

The Centering the Margins campaign has been supported by funding from The Awesome Foundation and Laidlaw Foundation.

September 29th

Climate Justice

October 6th

Affordable Housing

October 13th

Disability Rights Legislation

October 20th


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