Monday, May 11, 2020

May 17, 2020 #CripTheVote Twitter Chat: Coronavirus and Health Disparities

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat Coronavirus & Health Disparities, Sunday, May 17, 2020, 7 pm Eastern, with guest hosts @ADAPTanita and @NotThreeFifths
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#CripTheVote Twitter Chat
Coronavirus and Health Disparities
Sunday, May 17, 2020
7 PM Eastern, 4 PM Pacific

The co-partners of #CripTheVote, Andrew Pulrang, Gregg Beratan, and Alice Wong, invite you to a Twitter chat on the coronavirus, health disparities, and the disability community with co-hosts Dustin Gibson and Anita Cameron.

Dustin is an abolitionist that creates he[art]work to address the nexus between race, class, and disability. He provides support in building peer support networks with people leaving institutions.

Anita is Director of Minority Outreach for Not Dead Yet. She has met with national and state policy makers and has written persuasively about opposition to a public policy of assisted suicide from the perspectives of communities of color who experience disparities in access to healthcare.

How to Participate

Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility @NotThreeFifths & @ADAPTanita When it’s time for the chat, 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 amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be Tweeted approximately 5-6 minutes apart. 

Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast:

Here is a link for people who are new to Twitter on starting an account and how to use it:

Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat:

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

Introductory Tweets and Chat Questions 

Welcome to the #CripTheVote Twitter chat on #COVID19, health disparities, and the disability community with guest hosts @NotThreeFifths and @adaptanita. 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 How are YOU doing so far? How are you dealing with the challenges of staying at home or going out, getting your needs met, and keeping safe especially if you are high risk and/or immunocompromised? #CripTheVote 

Q2 There’s a LOT happening everyday with this pandemic. What are some of the major issues that concern you politically as a disabled, sick, immunocompromised or older person? #CripTheVote 

Q3 How does systemic racism, ableism, and other forms of oppression result in health disparities and the disproportionate impact on Black, brown, and indigenous communities? #CripTheVote 

Q4 Fat, older, disabled, and sick people, especially if they are people of color, face higher risks of exposure to the coronavirus and less access to care. What changes do you want to see addressing this at the local, state, and federal level? #CripTheVote

Q5 How has the response to the coronavirus changed your access to food, medications, treatments, procedures, and medical supplies that impacted your health? Please share if you are comfortable. #CripTheVote

Q6 Sites of confinement, like nursing facilities, prisons/jails, “detention” centers, institutions, group “homes” and other congregate settings are experiencing rapid #COVID19 outbreaks and deaths. What kind of actions are needed to save lives? #CripTheVote

Q7 What are some specific policy changes that are needed to address the systemic inequality in  healthcare? What kinds of infrastructure do we need in place to support all people? #CripTheVote

Q8 Depending on where you live, when will you feel safe during and after the pandemic? What needs to happen locally & nationally until you feel more confident resuming your usual activities? #CripTheVote

This concludes our #CripTheVote chat on #COVID19 & health disparities. Many thanks to everyone for joining us, especially our guest hosts @ADAPTanita & @NotThreeFifths! Please keep the conversation going. A recap of this chat will be up shortly. For more:

For more perspective from people grounded in #DisabilityJustice work watch/read the “Grounding Movements In Disability Justice” webinar by @NotThreeFifths @ExploreDorian, @Azza_Alt, @TalilaLewis, @CyreeJarelle, & Nirmala Erevelles.