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HEARD is turning 10!

On February 18th we’re celebrating HEARD’s 10 year anniversary! Help us mark the occasion with a gift to our mutual aid fund to support currently/formerly incarcerated people and their families.
HEARD was founded in 2011 by disabled people who set out to make the criminal legal system “more accessible” for deaf people. The initial goal was to “reform” how police, attorneys, and others interact with deaf people. During HEARD’s past decade of community advocacy by multiply-marginalized disabled people (i.e., disabled people who are Black/Indigenous, migrant, low and no income, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, houseless, etc.), it has become abundantly clear that the criminal legal system can not be reformed. Our experiences and advocacy have proven that the system is inherently unjust and harmful to all marginalized communities, even if the best possible access were actually provided.

As a result, HEARD has matured into a police and prison abolitionist organization with a broad anti-oppression praxis, and we’ve updated our mission, vision, and values to better align with our current belief systems and work. This shift is the product of tireless advocacy, fierce love, heartbreaking experiences, and difficult conversations with currently and formerly incarcerated disabled people, their loved ones, and other members of disabled communities who have been affected by mass incarceration. Follow our work at www.behearddc.org and @behearddc on Instagram and Twitter.

Help us support our community

In honor of 10 years, it’s our goal to raise $10,000. These funds will go directly toward mutual aid for currently/formerly deaf/disabled incarcerated people and their loved ones to access counseling, commissary, telecommunications, legal services, and the many needs that arise as folks reenter the community outside of carceral facilities. Help us mark this occasion by donating!

To donate go to: www.bit.ly/heard10years

Video Description: Malik Morris, a Black Indigenous man with long natural hair slicked back into an afropuff ponytail along with a black headband. He stands in front of a black screen while wearing a white chilly buttoned short shirt button up and signing. He signs in ASL.

Video description and transcript: www.bit.ly/HEARD10yearsASL

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