This workshop will engage participants in collectively unpacking the tensions often found at the intersection of environmental justice and disability justice struggles, particularly when the abusive extractive industries are concerned. On the one hand, there is a tendency for non-disabled environmental justice advocates to highlight the disabling impacts of resource extraction or contamination in ways that treat the tragedy of disabled bodies as self-evident. On the other, white, liberal disability rights frameworks oriented towards the celebration of the disabled body often prevent us from recognizing and organizing against the disablement caused by environmentally unjust projects and models. How to move forward with these tensions in mind? In this workshop, members of the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (a grassroots group that organizes around the abusive practices of Canadian mining companies) will engage participants in creative media analysis to understand how these seemingly opposing narratives of tragedy and celebration can take place, and to brainstorm ways to resolve this (apparent) messaging dilemma in our organizing.
Rachel Small, MISN
Emily G, MISN