Image description: "African American woman in a wheelchair and an orange prison uniform has bars behind her. She is clasping hands with a woman wearing a hijab and tunic who has an amputated hand and legs. Bombs are falling outside her window. The words between them say "Disability Justice means resisting together from solitary cells to open air prisons. To exist is to resist."

Join the Virtual March Here!

This virtual march is primarily for those who identify as prisoners and or disabled to upload (or send) posts, as the mission of this virtual march is to highlight the intersection between incarceration and disability. For example, we acknowledge many forms of imprisonment (e.g. disabled people may be incarcerated in prisons, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities etc.) and also that the school-to-prison pipeline flows right through special education services. However we also welcome stories from family members and especially children of those affected.

A few details:

  • Entries will not be edited for clarity, grammar, etc.
  • We reserve the right to delete any entries that contain profanity or what we consider to be hateful or harmful speech because we want to keep this effort accessible for our community.
  • If you need accommodations or have questions you may contact pblock8@yahoo.com.

To participate in the virtual march, please fill out the form below.

  1. Include your name (either real or an alias, either is fine).
  2. Your email is optional, not required.
  3. A title for your post (required)
  4. An anti-spam question. Just type “2” in that box to answer the question.
  5. Your text: personal statement about why you are marching.  End with a description of the picture you will send: “A smiling brown haired woman wearing red glasses and holding a grilled cheese sandwich.”
  6. A picture: Please attach a photo (does not have to be of your face, can be any image that you choose). Click on “Upload Image” and then attach the image from your computer that you want to include.
Please complete the required fields.
Please select your image to upload.

2 Replies to “Join the Virtual March Here!”

  1. A septuagenerian white privileged woman.

    We can’t give up on seeking this revision on the 13th amendment. This is a protest against the language of the 13th amendment that condones legal slavery of blacks and is part and parcel of of 400 years of enslavement. At least this march today (Aug 19) is making the national news.

    What we as a country have or have not done to rectify past and present wrongs against black communities in the U.S. is not lost in the international community. Did you know that the delegation from the United States walked out of the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in August of 2001, a conference that declared American chattel slavery as a “Crime against humanity?” And more recently this AP article in the Jan. 29, 2016 Philadelphia Tribune: a report from the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent I(none from the U.S.) releasing its preliminary recommendations after more than a week of meetings mid-year last year in the U.S. with Black Americans and others from across the country, including meetings in Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Washington DC and Jackson. Miss. They saw no signs of the U.S. dealing with our colonial history, legacy of enslavement, racial subordination, and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality, and saw contemporary police killings and its trauma as being reminiscent of racial terror lynchings of the past. The U.N. Commission chairperson said, “There has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and a reconciliation for people of African descent,” And “The US should establish a national human rights commission and publicly acknowledge that the transAtlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity.” There it is again. The group also suggested several U.S, changes to improve human rights for African-Americans, which also include ratifying international human rights treaties, asking Congress to study slavery and its aftereffects and consider reparations. It had visited the U.S . in 2010 and found blacks facing disproportionate high unemployment, lower income levels, less access to education, problematic access to quality heath care services and high incidence of certain health conditions, electoral disenfranchisement and structural issues in the administration of justice (in particular incarceration rates).

    The 2016 Commission was to have given their final recommendations to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in September last year. Why hasn’t this been reported here? And really, how can we call other countries out on human rights violations and call for international sanctions against them when we’ve got 400 years of worse violations on the lives and spirits of Black Americans on our hands right here? Putting firm continuous pressure on Congress to revise the 13th Amendment to stop the legalization of violations against African Americans maybe our best hope

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