Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Free Community Dinner and Teach-in Disability Justice

How failing to address colonialism, slavery and white supremacy in mental health maintains the racist foundations of Western Psychiatry

Location: Unceded Algonquin Territory, Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue, Scotton Hall

Date and time: Thursday May 22nd 6:30pm-9:00pm

In 2011 Abla Abdelhadi was criminalized, tortured, assaulted, forcibly hospitalized then legally charged for being a Palestinian womyn with a mental illness in the USA. Since then and through the group she founded Justice for Abla, Abla Abdelhadi has been struggling against her criminalization and educating activist communities about disability justice. With the help of Nadia Kanani's research Abla was able to understand that in fact psychiatric labelling, treatment, institutionalization and the lived experience of racialized psychiatric survivors has been shaped by colonization, slavery, scientific racism, eugenicist discourses and imperialism and exclusionary immigration policies in the settler colonial states of Canada and the USA. Justice for Abla understands that Abla's experience of police and state violence for being a racialized mentally ill womyn happened on stolen Indigenous lands, within the context of on-going colonialism. As a Palestinian womyn she understands that as a settler on these stolen Indigenous lands she must support the struggles of queer, trans, two-spirit Indigenous womyn and girls. She has been privileged to work closely with and receive so much support from Families of Sisters in Spirit which supports families of missing and murdered Indigenous womyn and girls. Families of Sisters in Spirit understands that seeking “mental health support” for the intergenerational traumas of colonization, residential schools, the 60s scoop, missing and murdered womyn, and on-going erasure and colonization of Indigenous peoples from Western Psychiatry and the Psychiatric Institutions that were used to further the colonization process is not an option. 

Justice for Abla and Families of Sisters in Spirit in collaboration with Nadia Kanani would like to invite you to join us for a free vegan/vegetarian community dinner and discussion of how important it is to have a disability justice framework where the lived experiences of colonized and racialized people with disabilities is understood in intersectional ways--we cannot address mental health and racism separately. 

Hosted by Justice for Abla and Families of Sisters in Spirit with the support of OPIRG-GRIPO

This event is wheelchair accessible.