Monday, November 6, 2017

#CripTheVote Chat: One Year Later

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat - One Year Later - November 12, 2017 - 7:00 PM Eastern - Details: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com


#CripTheVote Chat: One Year Later
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 7:00 PM Eastern

It has been a year and a few days since Election Day 2016. It’s probably safe to say that regardless of your political beliefs, the day’s outcome was a surprise to most of us. It’s also not too much of an ideological stretch to say that the year since has been fractious, disruptive, disturbing, and for many, including disabled people, frightening and threatening.

In this chat we want to give everyone a chance to look back at what their hopes and goals were regarding disability issues and culture before the Election … and also reflect on how they have changed or remained the same since then. Let’s vent, debrief, and support one another. Let’s also try to take a clear-eyed look at what’s actually happening, and discuss how to move forward into the second year of the Trump Administration, and all that comes with it.

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: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote

If you are overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check the @DisVisibility account. Each question will tweeted there 5-6 minutes apart.

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 - https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/videos/1181213075257528/

Questions for the “One Year Later” Chat:

Q1: Community check in: How are you doing, one year after the 2016 Election Day?

Q2: How do you feel about the results from the election in various states this week? If you voted, how did it go and why did you vote? #CripTheVote

Q3: A year ago, what disability issues were you hoping would be on the agenda after Election Day? #CripTheVote

Q4: Which events or trends in politics in the last year surprised, concerned, or frightened you? #CripTheVote

Q5: Has your interest and activism changed this past year? If so, in what ways? What are you doing differently in your activism? #CripTheVote

Q6: In your view, what will be the top 3 disability-related issues for the next three years? #CripTheVote

Q7: What are you planning to do in the runup to the Midterm Elections on November 6, 2018? #CripTheVote

Q8: Why is it important to vote and become politically engaged during midterm elections? #CripTheVote

Sunday, October 1, 2017

#CripThe Vote Candidate Spotlight Series: Jen Longdon, Chris Haulmark, and Carrie Ann Lucas


#CripTheVote Twitter Chat
Candidate Spotlight
October 9, 10 & 12, 2017
4 pm Pacific / 7 pm Eastern


With the mid-term elections coming up in 2018, #CripTheVote is starting a new series of Twitter chats highlighting candidates with disabilities running for political office in the United States. We are thrilled to have our first guests in this series, Jen Longdon, Chris Haulmark, and Carrie Ann Lucas.   


October 9, 2017, 7 pm Eastern
Candidate for Arizona House, District 24

Image description: graphic with a black background and text in white that reads, "#CripTheVote, Candidate Spotlight Chat, Jennifer Longdon, @jenlongdon, October 9, 2017, 4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern, Details: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/  On the upper-left corner of the graphic is a photo of a white woman with long brown hair in a wheechair. She is front of a government building and her eyes are looking away from the camera. She is wearing a blue shirt and her hands are resting on top of one another on her knees.


October 10, 2017, 7 pm Eastern
Chris Haulmark
Candidate for Congress, Kansas, District 3


Image description: graphic with a black background and text in white that reads, "#CripTheVote, Candidate Spotlight Chat, Chris Haulmark, @ChrisHaulmark, October 10, 2017, 4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern, Details: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/ On the upper-left corner of the graphic is a photo of a white man with short brown hair and a beard. He is wearing a royal blue shirt with their sleeves rolled up. His arms are crossed over one another.


October 12, 2017, 7 pm Eastern
Candidate for Town Board, Ward 5, Windsor, Colorado


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


Note: #CripTheVote is a nonpartisan online movement. We do not endorse any candidate and are featuring these individuals 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: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote
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 5-6 minutes apart.
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 Twitter chat by @behearddc. #CripTheVote
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lJ9YRAwOj4

Introductory Tweets for Candidate Spotlight Chat

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat Candidate Spotlight with: [name] of [town/state].
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

QUESTIONS

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 [candidate] 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 [name of candidate] for sharing your time with us and all the best with your upcoming election! #CripTheVote
A Storify of this #CripTheVote chat will be up shortly. #CripTheVote
Please keep the convo going! You can find updates & more info here: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/ #CripTheVote

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

10/1 Twitter Chat: Healthcare Activism & Next Steps

Image description: graphic with a yellow background and black text: "#CripTheVote, Twitter Chat Healthcare Activism & Next Steps, October 1, 2017, 4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern, Details: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/

This year has been a roller coaster on the attempts by Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Please join us for a discussion about healthcare activism with a look back at the Graham-Cassidy bill and a look to next steps in the future.


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: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote
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 5-6 minutes apart.
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 Twitter chat by @behearddc. #CripTheVote
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lJ9YRAwOj4

Introductory Tweets and Questions for October 1st Chat

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on healthcare activism, next steps & what we can expect in the near future.
We’ll briefly talk about #GrahamCassidy too. 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 Community check-in: How are you doing? What disability issues have you been concerned about lately? #CripTheVote
#GrahamCassidy is a Senate bill that was the latest effort to repeal & replace the #ACA: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/09/25/553459455/-millions-may-lose-coverage-under-gop-health-bill-says-cbo-analysis #CripTheVote
It’s estimated that 1.4 mil PwDs would have lost #Medicaid if #GrahamCassidy passed https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/poverty/news/2017/09/25/439524/least-1-4-million-nonelderly-adults-disabilities-lose-medicaid-graham-cassidy/ #CripTheVote h/t @amprog
#GrahamCassidy would have cut 4 trillion in spending on healthcare to states:  https://dredf.org/the-dispatch/2017/09/22/episode-one-flexibility-code-cuts-medicaid/ #CripTheVote h/t @DREDF
Q2 What was your response when you first learned about #GrahamCassidy? How would it impact you & your communities if passed? #CripTheVote
As of 10/1 the Senate will have to have 60 votes to pass a bill rather than a simple majority #CripTheVote http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-healthcare-deadline-qa-20170925-story.html
Q3 What bipartisan efforts do you anticipate in Congress on the #ACA? Are you optimistic, or feeling something else? #CripTheVote
Q4 What do you think the next GOP healthcare bill will look like? Your thoughts on other efforts such as single payer? #CripTheVote
Q5 What strategies do you want to see the disability community take defending  #ACA & #Medicaid as these attacks continue? #CripTheVote
Q6 What are some critical messages the disability community needs to send to policy makers about healthcare & the safety net? #CripTheVote
Q7 How do we get people to pay attention to the disability community & healthcare? Is there a disconnect? If so, why? #CripTheVote
Q8 There will be more bills like #GrahamCassidy in future. How do you cope, prepare, & take care of yourself in these times? #CripTheVote
The hour has flown by! This concludes the #CripTheVote chat on healthcare activism & next steps. Thank you for joining us.
A Storify of this #CripTheVote chat will be up shortly. #CripTheVote
Please keep the convo going! You can find updates & more info here: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/ #CripTheVote

Monday, September 18, 2017

#CripTheVote Chat on Education

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat - Education - September 19, 2017 7 PM ET - Guest hosts: @DrSubini @EndInvisibility @SaveRyanWhiteD

Education has long been pushed as a silver bullet for Social Justice issues, yet many in our community have found and continue to find that the education system is often a barrier to disabled equality and worse actively contributes to our inequality. It is too big a topic for this chat to be comprehensive, but the chat will examine some of the very complex issues our community is engaged with in education.

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: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote

If you are overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check the @DisVisibility account. Each question will tweeted there 5-6 minutes apart.

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 - https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/videos/1181213075257528/

INTRODUCTORY TWEETS AND QUESTIONS
Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on education. Please remember to use the hashtag when you tweet.
We are pleased to have guest hosts @DrSubini @EndInvisibility @SaveRyanWhiteD with us today!
If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”
Q1. What do you see as the top issues facing disabled people at all levels of the Education system? #CripTheVote

Q2. How did Disability & the experience of Ableism shape your educational experience? #CripTheVote

Q3. IDEA has been relatively unchanged since its Introduction in 1975 is it time for an overhaul? What would you change? #CripTheVote

Q4. How do ableism and racism work together in our school systems?

There is overwhelming evidence that Disabled students of color are the primary targets of the school to prison pipeline #CripTheVote

Disabled students of color are also far more likely to be disciplined & removed from school for same offenses as their peers. #CripTheVote

Q5. The administration is fighting for more charter schools. How will this affect disabled students? What can we do? #CripTheVote

Deaf students often come into school w. language development far behind non-Deaf peers a gap which is compounded once in school #CripTheVote

Q6. What are the factors that lead to Deaf students not being kindergarten ready and how can this be addressed? #CripTheVote

Q7. Has a focus on inclusive settings kept us from developing more inclusive teaching strategies? If so what do we need to do? #CripTheVote

Q8 What should we think about homeschooling/opting out of education systems that still fail to treat disabled students properly?#CripTheVote

Q9. How do we insist on higher standards for disabled students without making education too harsh, regimented, test-driven? #CripTheVote

Q10. Despite activists to showing the harm and danger of ABA it is still a 1st choice intervention. Why? What can be done? #CripTheVote

Thank you for joining the #CripTheVote chat on education. Please continue the convo!

Many thanks to our guest hosts @DrSubini @EndInvisibility @SaveRyanWhiteD. #CripTheVote

A Storify from today’s #CripTheVote chat will be up shortly.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

#CripTheVote Invitation to Disabled Candidates

#CripTheVote logo with ballot box with four disability symbols on the front and #CripTheVote in multicolored letters
The organizers of #CripTheVote invite candidates for office who are disabled to participate in live, scheduled Twitter chats this year and next. These will typically be about an hour long, and structured by questions, about half posed by the organizers, and the rest from #CripTheVote participants. Our aim is to give disabled candidates a disability-centered forum in which to discuss their positions, campaign plans, and how they view their own disabilities in relation to their political goals.

Like all #CripTheVote activities, these chats and this invitation are non-partisan. We do not endorse or oppose any candidate or any party. Candidates can expect to be questioned, sometimes vigorously, on how their policies might affect people with disabilities.

#CripTheVote is an online movement about politics, policy and civic participation focused on disabled people and disability issues. It was started in January, 2016, by Alice Wong, Gregg Beratan, and Andrew Pulrang, to focus attention to disability issues and disabled voters during the 2016 elections. Here is a link to our April 2017 chat on Disabled People in Public Service.
Candidates with disabilities, and / or staff can respond to this invitation by emailing to: cripthevote@gmail.com.

#CripTheVote Organizers

Alice Wong
@SFdirewolf

Gregg Beratan
@GreggBeratan

Andrew Pulrang
@AndrewPulrang

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 13, 2017 #CripTheVote Chat: Explaining Disability Issues to Family & Friends

#CripTheVote Chat: Explaining Disability Issues to Family & Friends August 13, 4 pm Pacific / 7 pm Eastern www.cripthevote.blogspot.com

We all have people in our lives … family, friends, coworkers … who we love and who love us, but who don’t really share our understanding of disability culture and activism. Most of us also know people who are flawed allies. They sincerely believe they are "on our side," but often miss the mark in important ways. We may also encounter indifference from family and friends. When we try to share our fears about disability policy, or our excitement about disability activism, they give us blank looks and hurry to change the subject.

This chat will explore ways disabled people can try to explain to people close to them what disability activism is all about. We hope to collect some simple tips and coping mechanisms we can all use to widen support for the disability community’s key principles and priorities.

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: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote
If you are overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check the @DisVisibility account. Each question will tweeted there 5-6 minutes apart.
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 - https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/videos/1181213075257528/
Questions

Q1: What is it like discussing disability experiences and issues with your non-disabled family & friends? #CripTheVote‬

Q2: Have you experienced conflict between your family or friends’ religious or political views, and your disability identity? #CripTheVote

Q3: Do your family & friends understand how disability issues - like healthcare or the ADA - affect you personally? #CripTheVote

Q4: ‪Do you feel free to share fears about disability policy developments, or excitement about activism, with family & friends? #CripTheVote‬

Q5: How do non disabled people close to you regard your disability identity and activism? #CripTheVote

Q6: When family or friends say things about disability that anger you, what do you usually do or say? #CripTheVote

Q7: What success have you had getting family or friends to join in with disability activism? #CripTheVote

Q8: What communication strategies work/don't work for explaining disability issues to people close to you? #CripTheVote

Q9: What are some of the core facts & ideas about disability you wish family and friends understood better? #CripTheVote