DISCLAIMER: the signs were voice-interpreted and the transcript based off of those interpretations, so there may be some things that were lost in translation.
HEARD is hosting monthly, hour-long webinars on various topics related to carceral systems and cross-movement building (i.e., how can non-deaf/disability movements ensure that their actions/content is accessible/access-centered). We hope our webinars–which are live-captioned and interpreted in American Sign Language/English–will serve as a model for other groups/collectives. Our goal is to increase access to information about mass incarceration (and other related systems) to deaf/disabled communities who have historically been shut out from information access due to the failure of most organizers and organizations to ensure that their content and actions are accessible.
This webinar’s goal is to understand trends in policing, healthcare, education, legal, and other systems that have led to what is now known as “mass incarceration.” United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world. U.S. jail & prison populations have gone from less than 200,000 in the 1970’s to 2.2 million today.
We learn how education, foster, policing, legal, and prison systems are connected, and how racism, ableism, and classism within these systems create unjust outcomes for marginalized communities.
Please be patient & gentle with HEARD as we work hard to organize access-centered webinars. We’re a volunteer-run organization & are doing our absolute best with this very new process. We expect that there will be a lot of learning before, during & after each webinar. With your support we will be able to adjust & improve each month. Access-centered organizing requires community support, so we are depending on you.