Workshop Options, Breakout Session 1

1.1

Beloved Community, Disability Justice and Mutual Aid

Presented by Jeffrey Nolish (he/him)

&

Ramiro Alvarez (he/him/they/them)

Detroit Disability Power

In this workshop, participants will learn about MLK's Beloved Community and compare it to the principles of Disability Justice. Additionally, participants will learn about the history of mutual aid movements and networks through the lens of disability and racial justice. Presenters will offer an opportunity for participants to co-develop a framework for which to approach their work and support the creation of a new virtual platform that will connect followers to crowdfunding requests created by disabled Detroiters. This workshop welcomes those especially interested in developing their thoughts and/or volunteering with Detroit Disability Power in the near future as we share some of DDP's ongoing projects where you can get involved.

1.2

Disability and Reproductive Justice

Presented by Cassy Jones-McBryde (she/her), Shaniqua Gibson (she/her)

&

 Patty Durell (she/her)

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ADVOCATES OF MICHIGAN, BLACK ORGANIZING PROGRAM

Planned Parenthood’s Black Organizing Program centers the experiences of Black people by building a movement for reproductive freedom, deeply engaging with the needs of the Black community and uplifting the political power of Black people in Michigan. In this workshop, we will discuss the work of  the Black Organizing Program, how bodily autonomy is crucial to justice, and invite community members to share in our conversation of disability justice as reproductive justice.

1.3

Organizing in Detroit

Presented by Branden Snyder (he/him)

Detroit Action

Detroit Action is a grassroots community-based organization building power for workers and Detroiters of color throughout our metro region. A consistent and deliberate attack on our institutions has made Detroit one of the most politically and economically marginalized communities in the country. We build power and transform our communities and fight back against the policies that affect our most vulnerable communities. Come learn more about our work and how to organize!

1.4

Community Care Circles

Facilitated by Owolabi Copeland (he/him), Piper Carter (she/her), Susan Ruma (she/her), and Cynthia Tobias (she/her)

Detroit Disability Power

Join the long-time facilitators of DDP's very own Community Care Circles as they guide you through the process of exploring, listening, learning, supporting, sharing, healing, reflecting, and transforming your life in community with others that wish to do the same. This workshop will also serve as a preview of, and invitation to, Community Care Circles' standing gatherings, held virtually every first and third Sunday of the month. The work of Community Care Circles centers people with any kind of disability, chronic pain, or chronic illness living in Detroit, as well as caregivers, professional or familial. Must be 18 years old or older to participate in this and all CCC gatherings.

1.5

Accessible Tools for Supporting Self and Community

Facilitated by Amanda Hill (she/her)

Healing by Choice!

This workshop will share some basic tools/tips for self and community care and invite participants to share their practices. We’ll also share self and community care tools for people who have an established practice and want to deepen their approach. Together, we'll use our collective genius to create strategies for self and community care. The aim is to come away with practical skills we can apply towards nurturing ourselves and supporting each other in community.

1.6

 A Panel on Disability, Gender, and Race

Panelists: Reyna Garcia (she/her), Bonnie Gonzalez (she/her), Jaime Junior (she/her), Tameka Spruce (she/her)

Tedra Jackson (she/her)

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council

Join Tedra, a representative from the MI DD Council, as she guides us as moderator through the stories from our esteemed panelists--Reyna, Bonnie, Jaime, and Tameka. Our panelists will share about their lives as disabled women of color navigating this world and the lessons those journeys bare for all of us. We hope this panel inspires you to think critically about the intersection of disability and gender, race, class, sexuality, etc.!

Workshop Options, Breakout Session 2

Accessible Movements 101

Accessible Movements 101

2.1

Accessible Movements 101

Presented by

Ani Grigorian (she/her)

&

Teddy Dorsette III (he/him)

Detroit disability power

New to thinking about accessibility in everyday organizing? Not sure if your online meetings allow disabled and sick people to show up and participate? Want to know where and how to start considering access in your facilitation? Then this workshop is to help ground you. The participants in this space will help guide the flow of the conversation based on group needs and interests. Due to popular demand, the capacity of this breakout room will be larger than the other more intimate workshops.

This session is now full

2.2

Museos a Cielo Abierto

(Open Air/Open Sky Museums)

Presented by Izzi Figueiredo (she/he/they), Hannah Rainaldi (she/he/they), and Dewü (she/he/they)

Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion

Art is for everyone! We invite audience members to celebrate the role art plays in our collective liberation. We will explore art as a medium for self care and community care and as a tool for organizing. We will highlight how art can be utilized as a means of cultivating community, as an outlet for grief and trauma, and as vital part of imagining freer futures. Participants will be invited to share how art emerges in their own lives and communities. We will close out by honoring art and artists from the 1960s civil rights movements.

2.3

DISABILITY-INCLUSIVE SEX EDUCATION: TEACHING & ADVOCATING WITH INTENTION

Devin Goldstein (he/him), Brittany Batell (she/her),

&

Chardae Brockman (she/her)

Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH)

In this presentation, we will discuss what inclusive sex education could and should look like as it relates to different disabilities and the importance of teaching with intentionality. Alongside this we’ll have some action steps to help guide us.

2.4

The Cultural

Cycle of Care

Facilitated by

Schantell Taylor (she/her)

We will be taking a deeper dive into self-care and looking through the cultural lens of our connection with nature, our community, and ourselves to integrate a deeper practice.  We will look specifically at body, mind and emotional content to enhance some of our already reachable selfcare tools that we may have created.  We will look at ways to build offerings that are simple and reachable, yet life altering, into our daily lives. Small goals turn into big goals; daily self-care will be a lifestyle that if tended to, will not have to be a scheduled thing, but integrated into small acts that will make big differences. Remembering that self-care is something that refuels us, rather than takes away from us. I await our time together. 'Till then, peace and aloha.

2.5

Helping Heal Our Collective Waters

Facilitated by Adrienne Ayers (she/her/they/them)

AfroFuture Youth and Heal in the Waters

Adrienne is a Detroit native lightworker, healer, artist, activist and founder of the youth empowerment organization AfroFuture Youth. They are also the mind and heart behind heal in the waters, a space for healing insights that center Black youth and Black futurism. Join Adrienne as they guide you through exercises that will catalyze participants to deepen one’s connection to our values, breath, the direction of our energy, and our ability to listen to our bodies.This space will center the needs of and feedback of Black queer femmes, especially those that also identify as disabled.

This session

is now full

2.6

Community Care Circles

Facilitated by Owolabi Copeland (he/him), Piper Carter (she/her), Susan Ruma (she/her), and Cynthia Tobias (she/her)

Detroit Disability Power

Join the long-time facilitators of DDP's very own Community Care Circles as they guide you through the process of exploring, listening, learning, supporting, sharing, healing, reflecting, and transforming your life in community with others that wish to do the same. This workshop will also serve as a preview of, and invitation to, Community Care Circles' standing gatherings, held virtually every first and third Sunday of the month. The work of Community Care Circles centers people with any kind of disability, chronic pain, or chronic illness living in Detroit, as well as caregivers, professional or familial. Must be 18 years old or older to participate in this and all CCC gatherings.

Healing by Choice!