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Mar 28 2021


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Disabled, Crip, and Mad Perspectives on Wellness, Healing, and Trauma

What does it mean to be well when we are in constant crisis and trauma is ordinary? What do healing and care work look like against the violent systems of white supremacy, settler colonialism, and ableism? Join Azza Altiraifi and Shayda Kafai for a critical discussion of neurodivergent, mad, and disabled interventions into conversations about wellness and healing. What can mad, disabled, QTBIPOC people’s wisdom teach us about organizing around wholeness, sustainability, and solidarity in crisis?


Azza Altiraifi (she/they) is a Black, Mad & Disabled advocate living in northern Virginia, and a member of the Abolition and Disability Justice Collective. Azza’s work is rooted in abolitionist praxis, and a fierce commitment to the principles of radical solidarity, interdependence, and sustainability. In their full-time capacity, Azza works as a senior program manager at the Groundwork Collaborative.

Shayda Kafai (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a queer, Mad, femme of color, she commits to enacting the many ways we can reclaim our bodyminds from intersecting systems of oppression. She lives in Pomona with her wife, Amy.

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