#CripTheVote: Alice Wong, Gregg Beratan, Andrew Pulrang
The disability community comprises of the world’s largest minority. Thanks to the efforts of Alice Wong, Gregg Beratan and Andrew Pulrang, the community has a political voice and base in this national election year with the social media campaign, #CriptheVote.
#CriptheVote is a nonpartisan campaign that was started on Twitter to both engage voters with disabilities and encourage politicians to have a national conversation about disability rights. Through the hashtag, Alice, Gregg and Andrew host Twitter chats on various issues that concern the community. In fact, some of these issues have made it to the national stage, including sub-minimum wage and gun violence (when blamed on mental illness).
You can learn more about the movement at Disability Visibility Project or at Disability Thinking. You can also get updates at their facebook page and definitely check out the Twitter hashtag to participate in the live conversation – or just see the conversation and the issues.
Alice Wong is a San Francisco-based degenerate television watcher, news junkie, cat lover, and coffee drinker. Currently, she is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. She’s also a contributor to The Nerds of Color and Model View Culture. She is also a Staff Research Associate at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF. Partnering with Andrew Pulrang and Gregg Beratan, Alice is an organizer of #CripTheVote.
Andrew Pulrang is a disability blogger and podcaster running the Disability Thinking website and the Disability.TV Podcast. He worked for over 25 years in the Independent Living movement, and is one of the three founders of the #CripTheVote initiative.
Gregg Beratan is a disabled activist and scholar. He has worked in Disability Rights and Disability Studies in United States, England, Poland & India. His work focuses on Ableism in education.
For the May 4th, 2016 episode of Intersections Radio, I spoke with Alice, Gregg and Andrew about these issues and the power of this campaign. Check out the podcast!
Air date: 5/4/2016
**Read the transcript of the episode: 050316 Intersections with Alice Wong Gregg Beratan Andrew Pulrang transcript