SXSW 2024

How Disabled People in the South Will Save Democracy


In recent years, the South has been the center of the political universe. Meanwhile, disabled people in the region are disproportionately in the crosshairs of right wing democratic takeover, and while mainstream groups fight to save democracy, disabled folks already have a roadmap for how to do it. In this session, Southern leaders in the disability rights and disability justice movements will talk about what disabled organizers in the South are doing to build power and lay out how nondisabled people invested in the fight for democracy can learn from the disability community.

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  1. How can the history and principles of the disability rights and disability justice movements guide the broader fight for democracy in America?
  2. What are the organizing strategies that disabled people in the South are using to build political power?
  3. What can a truly inclusive and representative democracy look like in America, now and in the years to come?



Dom Kelly, President And Ceo, New Disabled South

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government & Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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