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.
Disability Rights Legislation