Mia Mingus -Disability Justice Activist


Mia Mingus is a queer physically disabled Korean woman. She is a disability justice activist, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice responses. She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us, not just some of us, and longs for a world where disabled people can live free of violence, with dignity and love.

Watch Mia’s amazing speech when she accepted the Creating Change Award:

We cannot separate heterosexism from ableism and allow disability issues to be seen as secondary issues.

Here’s an incredible interview with Mia:

There’s nothing that has shown us that simply expanding the rights of the privileged to add a few more people has actually led us to a more just world.

What and Where …

Lecture: Thurs. March 19, 1:30 – McMaster University, MDCL (Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery) Room 2232

Disability activists are forwarding a political framework through which disability and ableism can be understood and connected to other forms of oppression and violence. In this lecture, Mingus will talk about the meaning of Disability Justice, the necessity of an intersectional analysis and what solidarity is in this ever-evolving practice we call “liberation.”

Panel: Thurs. March 19, 6:30- McMaster University, Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall, Room 111

Many grassroots activists with disabilities have moved beyond individualized rights models to a disability justice movement that recognizes the interconnectedness and interdependence of all people, with or without disabilities, at the intersections of privilege and oppression. The panel will explore self-determination in terms of community building and disability culture. How does this changing discourse reimagine the experiences of students with disabilities in Western contexts?

If you have accessibility issues or questions please contact Ayshia at 905.525.9140 x. 24644 or amusleh@mcmaster.ca.

Check out the Facebook event.

Presented by McMaster Human Rights and Equity Services.


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