Thursday, September 9, 2021

9/19 #CripTheVote Twitter Chat on Immigration

 Graphic with a white background and a black Twitter bird icon on the left and a graphic of two people talking with speech bubbles on the right. Text: #CripTheVote, Immigration, September 19, 2021, 7-8 pm Eastern, Guest hosts: @sdpavithran @Conchitahdz @DownToTheStruts

Graphic with a white background and a black Twitter bird icon on the left and a graphic of two people talking with speech bubbles on the right. Text: #CripTheVote, Immigration, September 19, 2021, 7-8 pm Eastern, Guest hosts: @sdpavithran @Conchitahdz @DownToTheStruts

The co-partners of #CripTheVote, Andrew Pulrang, Gregg Beratan, and Alice Wong, invite you to a Twitter chat about immigration with Sachin Pavithran, Executive Director of the US Access Board, Conchita Hernandez Legorreta, a disability rights advocate and Doctoral student at George Washington University, and Qudsiya Naqui, a blind attorney and host of the podcast Down to the Struts.

For more about all three guest co-hosts:

Episode 78, Hate Crimes with Sachin Pavithran, Disability Visibility podcast

Episode 90, Disabled Immigrants with Conchita Hernandez Legorreta, Disability Visibility podcast

Disabled Immigrants: Living on the Edge of Barbwire, Qudsiya Naqui, Disability Visibility Project

How to Participate


Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility and @sdpavithran, @Conchitahdz, and @DownToTheStruts. 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 6-7 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 chat on immigration with @sdpavithran, @Conchitahdz, and @DownToTheStruts. 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”

An immigrant is someone who makes a conscious decision to leave his or her home and move to a foreign country with the intention of settling there. #CripTheVote


A refugee is a person who has fled their country of origin & is unable or unwilling to return because of past persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on 5 protected grounds. #CripTheVote

Q1 It has been a strange and difficult year so far especially with the assault on reproductive freedom, delta variant & the US-made crisis in Afghanistan. How are you managing right now and what’s giving you comfort in these uncertain times? #CripTheVote


Q2 Today’s chat is about immigration, specifically to the United States. What are some unique challenges disabled immigrants and refugees face that most people don’t know about? #CripTheVote


Q3 For years the US incarcerated and traumatized unaccompanied minors who entered the country. Along with the recent policy of family separation, how are these policies a disability issue? #CripTheVote


Q4 In what ways can migration cause or exacerbate a person’s disability, especially if they are fleeing from a conflict zone or displaced by the climate crisis? #CripTheVote


Q5 With the application processes for both asylum and citizenship, what are some of the structural barriers that disabled immigrants face? #CripTheVote


Q6 What are some of the eugenic and ableist ideas that are part of our current immigration policies? What are some ways to effect change to these policies? #CripTheVote


Q7 How can local disability communities support disabled undocumented people, immigrants, and refugees? #CripTheVote


Q8 Is immigration a priority with major disability rights organizations in the US? If not, why is that and what changes would you like to see to happen? #CripTheVote

Q9 What can immigration advocates can do to advance disability justice in the immigration system? #CripTheVote 

This concludes our #CripTheVote chat on immigration w/ guest hosts @sdpavithran @Conchitahdz & @DownToTheStruts. Please keep the conversation going. A recap of this chat will be up shortly. For more: