SUPPORT BLACK LIVES MATTER

The Radical Access Mapping Project unequivocally stands behind Black Lives Matter, including the local chapter here in “Vancouver”.
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Accessibility doesn’t mean shit when anti-Black racism means folks can’t get through that beautifully ramped doorway; all the scent-reduced, low cost, non-wifi, fat friendly, captioned, gender neutral, interpreted, etc intention in the world doesn’t make a space, an event, a community, a city, accessible when anti-Black racism shuts out, criminalizes, scapegoats, shames, blames, mocks and violates people when they say that their lives matter.
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It happens time and again, but the realities of Black disabled folks in this city must not be treated as somehow outside of disability activism and community here, as somehow “dividing” or “co-opting” or “hijacking” disability issues by talking about and taking action against racism. There isn’t some line at which “disabled” ends and “Black” begins.
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The Radical Access Mapping Project supports the actions and demands of Black Lives Matter chapters across the country (including but not limited to the actions taken by Black Lives Matter – Toronto regarding this year’s Pride Parade  and beyond); the local chapter here in “Vancouver” in the face of ongoing and increasing racist hostility from within and beyond queer communities; and chapters across and beyond Turtle Island.
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So much respect for the incredible work of Black Lives Matter begun and continued by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in “response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements”.

i’d encourage fellow disabled and queer non-Black folks to listen, read, watch, be quiet, give space, offer financial and other tangible supports, check ourselves, make the connections, and to remember that none of the stuff done to increase disabled access, to counter ableism structural and otherwise, means shit if at the end of the day we do the racist work of the state for it.
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#blacklivesmatter  #blacklivesmattervancouver
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https://www.facebook.com/blacklivesmattervancouver/
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https://blacklivesmattervancouver.com/
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Note: this is NOT up for debate here, for alternate “opinions”, or commentary about who else matters. Don’t do it here, or find yourself and your commentary blocked.
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