We enter this new decade faced with huge challenges, including emboldened nationalisms and racism, climate crisis, narratives of scarcity and the continued neoliberal destruction of local communities, public spaces and support services.
In these times, it is crucial that we continue to make space to imagine and practice cultures of care; to create and develop practices which challenge the idea that some people are disposable. This year, therefore, we have decided to focus our attention on the themes of care and solidarity.
We thought a great way to start us off would be to spend time engaging with and reflecting on Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s work on care and disability justice. This includes her recently published book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (also available as an Audible audio book).
If you are not able to access the book, there are also a number of podcasts and videos you can listen to and watch:
- Disability Visibility podcast: Alice Wong and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha discuss the book (transcript available).
- How to Survive the End of the World podcast: Autumn Brown and adrienne marie brown conversation with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha.
- Video from Disability and Intersectionality summit: reading and discussion.
- Video from Asian American Writers Workshop: reading and discussion.
Here’s a description from the back of the book:
Care Work is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to find each other and to build power and community, and a tool kit for everyone who wants to build radically resilient, sustainable communities of liberation where no one is left behind. Care Work is a crucial and necessary call to arms.
We will be meeting to discuss the book at the beginning of March and hope that you can join us!
WHEN: Tuesday 3rd March, 7-9pm
WHERE: Ringcross Community Centre, 60 Lough Rd, London N7 8RH
FOOD: There will be a vegan meal available.
TRANSPORT, ACCESSIBILITY, CHILDREN: The nearest Tube station is Caledonian Road (this is wheelchair accessible) and the nearest Overground station is Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (also wheelchair accessible), both about 5 minute walk away. Nearby buses include 153, 259, 17, and 91.
The venue is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible toilet, although it does not have an automatic door or a hoist. The toilets will be gender neutral. There is no childcare provided but kids are welcome! If you have other access needs, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to join remotely, please get in touch in advance and we will send you a video link to join.