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Heading Title: HEARD’S MISSION, VISION, & VALUES ANNOUNCEMENT
@behearddc

Video description: Topher, a latino man, signs ASL. Topher is wearing a green short sleeve button up shirt and round glasses. He is seated in front of a white wall with a green plant in the background.

Today, February 18th, is HEARD’s 10 year anniversary. HEARD’s work has radically shifted over the last 10 years. Today, we released HEARD’s new Mission, Vision, and Values.

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MISSION

M&M: HEARD is a cross-disability abolitionist organization that unites across identities, communities, movements, and borders to end ableism, racism, capitalism, and all other forms of oppression and violence. HEARD supports disabled people and others who experience ableism by rejecting disability hierarchies and rigid definitions of disability, and by recognizing deaf people as part of disability communities. HEARD works to increase our collective capacity to identify, understand, and challenge oppression through grassroots advocacy, community organizing, peer support, mutual aid, education, and research.

Video Description: A light skinned Latinx appeared with a brown wavy hair down wearing a maroon long sleeve sweater, sitting behind a white wall using ASL
VISION
Esperanza: HEARD envisions a world where multiply-marginalized disabled people are inherently valued and have the resources, safety and love they need to thrive and live self-determined lives. We dream of a world that honors our interdependence, invests in our healing from harm and trauma, recognizes our potential for growth and transformation, and ensures our collective liberation. There are no police or prisons in the future because our communities have created the conditions, developed and provided the resources, and shared the necessary knowledge to make all forms of policing and incarceration obsolete.

VALUES

Alphonso:
Anti-violence
Anti-oppression
Disability Justice
Interdependence
Self-Determination
Transformative Justice
Collective Liberation
Abolition
Healing
Love

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INVITATION FOR COMMUNITY TO SHARE VISION

Topher: Hello!

Now we want you all to dream with us! Share your dreams for the world based on HEARD’s new vision! We invite you to vlog, post, and comment using: #HEARD10Years
We are also hoping to raise $10,000 in honor of 10 years!
These funds will go directly toward mutual aid for currently/formerly deaf/disabled incarcerated people and their loved ones to access counseling, commissary supplies, telecommunications, legal services, and the many needs that arise as folks reenter the community outside of carceral facilities.

To donate go to: bit.ly/heard10years

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#HEARD10YEARS
#DeafInPrison
#DisabilitySolidarity
#DeafWrongfulConviction
#WrongfulConviction
#DisabilitySolidarity
#BlackLivesMatter
#BlackDisabledLivesMatter

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