Wednesday, June 6, 2018

6/24/18 #CripTheVote Twitter Chat: Gun Violence and Mental Health


Graphic with an aqua blue background and black text that reads: #CripTheVote Twitter Chat, Gun Violence and Mental Health, June 24, 2018, 4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern, Guest host: @yovimi, For more: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com. On the left is an illustration of a black bird that’s Twitter’s icon and on the right is an illustration of the scales of justice.

Join #CripTheVote for this important discussion of gun violence, gun control and people with mental health disabilities with guest host Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán, Senior Policy Counsel, Trans/Gender Nonconforming Justice Director, Disability Justice Project Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. Please note: Since we have a lot of questions for this chat, we will run 75 minutes instead of 60.

Check out this report from the National LGBTQ Task Force:


How to Participate

Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility @yovimi. When it’s time, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote

If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account.

Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat: https://www.adweek.com/digital/how-to-join-a-twitter-hashtag-chat/

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/videos/1181213075257528/

Introductory Tweets and Questions for the Chat

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on gun violence and mental health. We are delighted to have guest host @yovimi join us as guest host.

Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”

Please note there will be discussion of gun violence, mass shootings, ableism, institutionalization, and other potentially upsetting topics. Feel free to take breaks or drop out of the convo if needed. #CripTheVote

Q1 Incidents of mass violence or interpersonal violence occur all too often in the United States. How do you view the connection between gun violence, gun control policy, and disability issues? #CripTheVote

Q2 It is not unusual to see rampant speculation that may be rooted in ableism and hate towards Muslims, people of color, immigrants and other marginalized groups. How does this impact you as a disabled person?  #CripTheVote

Q3 What are the pervasive stereotypes and misinformation about predictors of violence and people with disabilities, especially people w/ mental health disabilities? #CripTheVote

Q4 There are proposals at the local, state, and federal level about restricting the right to own guns from people deemed ‘unsafe,’ including people with mental health and psychiatric disabilities. Is this a problem? If so why? #CripTheVote

Q5 What are some examples related to gun violence prevention that infringe on the privacy and rights of people with mental health and psychiatric disabilities? What can be done to stop them? #CripTheVote

Q6 What are some policy changes you would like to see to prevent mass shootings and gun violence in general that do not discriminate against disabled people and people of color, especially Black, Latinx and Indigenous people? #CripTheVote

Q7 What’s your take on the discussion around gun violence prevention and proposed policy solutions? Is it inclusive? Which communities are left out of the chance to shape policy and create solutions?  #CripTheVote

Q8 What are ways disability/mad/mental health communities can organize, work with, & support other communities in preventing gun violence? #CripTheVote

Q9 For people with disabilities who have other marginalized identities: how do we make sure everyone gets a ‘seat at the table’ when it comes to community organizing and activism? #CripTheVote

Q10 Do you have any ideas for how to engage from a disability rights perspective with strong gun control advocates, who may push for ANY curbs on guns, regardless of disability concerns #CripTheVote

Thank you for joining the #CripTheVote chat on gun violence and mental health. A special thank you to our guest host @yovimi for joining us today!


A compilation of Tweets from this #CripTheVote chat will be up shortly. Check out our blog for the latest: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

6/3/18 #CripTheVote Candidate Spotlight Twitter Chat


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#CripTheVote Twitter Chat
Candidate Spotlight
June 3, 2018
4 pm Pacific / 7 pm Eastern

With the midterm elections coming up this fall, #CripTheVote is continuing its series of Twitter chats highlighting candidates with disabilities running for political office in the United States. We are thrilled to have Olivia Babis, candidate for Florida Senate, representing District 23.

In the first half of the hour, Olivia will answer questions by the co-partners of #CripTheVote and the second half will be open to questions from our community directly to the candidate. 

Note: #CripTheVote is a nonpartisan online movement. We do not endorse any candidate and are featuring candidates with disabilities to encourage political participation and public service.

Please join us! Information on how to participate and the chat’s questions below.

How to Participate


When it’s time, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here: 

If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. Each question will tweeted 6-7 minutes apart.

Check out this captioned #ASL explanation of how to participate in a Twitter chat by @behearddc. #CripTheVote

Introductory Tweets and Questions for Candidate Spotlight Chat

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat Candidate Spotlight with: @Olivia4FLSenate from Sarasota, Florida, District 23. Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet.

If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”

Please note the first 4 questions are directed to the [candidate] and we’ll open it up to Qs from you #CripTheVote

Q1. Tell us a little about yourself and why you decided to run for office #CripTheVote

Q2. How is the campaign going so far and what have you learned while reaching out voters and the public? #CripTheVote

Q3. What are some disability rights issues you are concerned about locally, regionally, and nationally as a candidate? #CripTheVote

Q4 Why is it important for people with disabilities to engage in public service? What's your advice to people in our community? #CripTheVote

At this point, we’d like to open up the questions to the #CripTheVote with @Olivia4FLSenate who will reply as many as possible for next 30 min

The hour has flown by! This concludes the #CripTheVote candidate spotlight.

Thank you for joining us.

Special thanks to @Olivia4FLSenate for sharing your time with us and all the best with your upcoming election! #CripTheVote

Please keep the convo going! You can find updates & more info here: 

http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/ A link with an overview of this #CripTheVote chat will be up shortly. #CripTheVote

Saturday, April 28, 2018

5/2/18 Twitter Chat: The House Farm Bill and SNAP


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Graphic with yellow background and black text that reads: "#CripTheVote Twitter Chat, The House Farm Bill & SNAP, May 2, 2018, 1 pm Eastern/ 10 am Pacific, Guest host: @TalkPoverty, For more: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/ On the left is an illustration in black of a shopping cart. On the right is an illustration in black of a knife, spoon and fork.
On April 12, 2018 the House Agriculture Committee introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the Farm Bill. This piece of legislation is estimated to spend about $860 billion over 10 years and proposes new work requirements on millions of low-income people receiving food stamps.

Join #CripTheVote and guest host Talk Poverty in a conversation about the Farm Bill, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps), and the impact on low-income people with disabilities. We especially welcome people who currently use food stamps or used it in the past to join us.

For more about the Farm Bill and SNAP:


TalkPoverty.org


Tara Golsham, Vox.com - April 25, 2018



How to Participate


Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility @talkpoverty. When it’s time, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote
If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account.

Check out this explanation of how to participate in a Twitter chat by Ruti Regan: https://storify.com/RutiRegan/examplechat

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc

Introductory Tweets and Questions for the Chat

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on the #FarmBill (HR 2) and how it will impact people with disabilities. We are delighted to have guest host @talkpoverty join us. 

Remember to use the hashtags #CripTheVote #FarmBill when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote #FarmBill”

Before we start: SNAP is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. It helps 1 in 8 Americans. ⅔ of people on SNAP are older adults, disabled people & children: https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/most-working-age-snap-participants-work-but-often-in-unstable-jobs #CripTheVote #FarmBill

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is reauthorized under #FarmBill, also known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (HR 2). Full text of bill: https://agriculture.house.gov/uploadedfiles/agriculture_and_nutrition_act_of_2018.pdf
#CripTheVote

The #FarmBill proposes additional stricter work requirements for people who use SNAP and slashes nearly 20 billion from the program. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/poverty/news/2018/04/13/449613/house-republican-farm-bill-proposal-launches-dangerous-attack-nutrition-assistance/ #CripTheVote  

Q1 How does SNAP, also known as food stamps, support the well-being and health of multiple marginalized communities? If you receive SNAP, please share your experiences. #CripTheVote #FarmBill

Q2 What does the media get wrong about SNAP and the people who rely on food stamps to stay alive? What are the most dangerous and inaccurate narratives around poor, older, disabled people? #CripTheVote #FarmBill

Q3 What is the lived experience of being disabled and hungry? What does food insecurity look like for disabled people and their families. What needs to be better understood? #CripTheVote #FarmBill

The #FarmBill proposes work requirements for SNAP recipients 18-59 to work or enroll in a training programs for 20 hrs/wk w/ exemptions for people taking care of kids and pregnant or disabled people #CripTheVote  

Q4 What are your thoughts on work requirements for people on SNAP and other safety net programs like Medicaid? Do they help people out of poverty or put them at risk of hardship, food insecurity and hunger? Or something else? #CripTheVote #FarmBill

Q5 How do these work requirements impact people with disabilities who may not fit the disability exemption criteria? #CripTheVote #FarmBill

Q6 How does inadequate transportation/childcare, employment discrimination, geographical differences impact a person’s ability to comply with work requirements like the one proposed for some SNAP recipients? What are some other structural factors? #CripTheVote #FarmBill

Q7 What are the next steps for people who want to protect SNAP and voice their objections to the work requirements in the #FarmBill? #CripTheVote

Q8 For people who rely on safety net programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and Social Security, what are your concerns and reactions to the current Administration’s attempts to dismantle and weaken these programs? How do we resist & fight back? #CripTheVote #FarmBill

Thank you for joining the #CripTheVote chat on the House Farm Bill & SNAP! A big thank you to our guest host @talkpoverty! Join us 5/20 for our next chat: Making Activism Accessible with @autselfadvocacy http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/2018/04/520-twitter-chat-making-activism.html

Monday, April 23, 2018

5/20/18 Twitter Chat: Making Activism Accessible

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How can activism become more accessible? How are people with cognitive disabilities left out of activism and political participation? Join the co-partners of #CripTheVote in a discussion about these issues with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

From ASAN: People with cognitive disabilities think and learn differently. Down syndrome and autism are examples of cognitive disabilities. We might need more support to learn something new. Using simple, common words to explain things helps us understand.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit by and for autistic people that works to educate communities, support self-advocacy in all its forms, and improve public perceptions of autism.

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on making activism accessible! We are delighted to have guest host @autselfadvocacy join us. Please note: accessibility is a broad topic and today’s chat will focus on accessibility for people w/ cognitive disabilities.


How to Participate

Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility @autselfadvocacy. When it’s time, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation. 

If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account.

Check out this explanation of how to participate in a Twitter chat by Ruti Regan:

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc

Introductory Tweets and Questions for the Chat

Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”

Q1 What does ‘accessible activism’ mean to you? What are some basic features of accessible activism that any activist, campaign, or organization should follow? #CripTheVote

Q2 Have you run into barriers to activism, including activism outside of the disability community? If so, please describe how they impacted you and how you responded  #CripTheVote

Q3 Are some forms of direct action or in person activism inaccessible? Is that ok, given that people have different limits and abilities? Why or why not? #CripTheVote

Q4 On organizing events: What are the most important things people should know about making their events (meeting, rally, conference) accessible for people w/ cognitive disabilities? What are some dos and don’ts?  #CripTheVote

Q5 On information and language: How can materials (printed, online, video, audio, social media) become more accessible for people w/ cognitive disabilities? What are some great examples you’ve seen? Resources?

Q6 Related to language: Why is it important for materials to be written in plain language? What are some other tips for making information as simple & easy to read as possible?  #CripTheVote

Q7 We are big believers in ‘nothing about us, without us.’ What is your advice for how all organizations, including disability organizations, can include people with cognitive disabilities in their activities/campaigns? How can organizers avoid making people with cognitive disabilities into tokens? #CripTheVote

Definition: Tokens are people who get used by groups of people as a figure to show that the group is inclusive. Groups that use people as tokens do not listen to those people, or their community members. “Tokenizing” is making a person into a token. #CripTheVote

Q8 For people with disabilities who have other marginalized identities: how do we make sure everyone gets a ‘seat at the table’ when it comes to community organizing and activism?

Definition: Marginalized identities are groups that have less power in society. For example, people with disabilities, people of color, women, transgender people, or gay people. People can have more than one marginalized identity. #CripTheVote

Thank you for joining the #CripTheVote chat on making activism accessible for people w/ cognitive disabilities! A big thank you to our guest host @autselfadvocacy. Check out our blog for the latest: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/