Activist Spotlight: Wendy Lu – National Reporter and Editor

Tuesday, March 6, 2018Wendy Lu started working on reporting for what later became her New York Times feature “Dating With a Disability” while she was still enrolled as a graduate student in Columbia University’s journalism school. It was originally her master’s…

Activist Spotlight: Sam Dylan Finch – Educator, Editor, Storyteller, and Musician

Friday, February 9, 2018Sam Dylan Finch got his start in activism after he survived a suicide attempt at age eighteen. He began by performing music he wrote about mental illness, stigma, and abuse at local rallies. “I found that, by being visible

Call for Stories: #MeToo and the Disability Community

Tuesday, February 6, 2018In partnership with the Disability Visibility Project®, Rooted in Rights will publish a series of stories to bring attention to the omission of disability from larger conversations taking place within the #MeToo Movement. All disabled people are welcome to…

Why Fake Service and Emotional Support Animals Create Barriers for People Who Actually Need Them

Monday, February 5, 2018Earlier this week, United Airlines denied boarding to a woman with a peacock that she claimed was an emotional support animal. The sensational story went viral and in response United announced increased requirements for bringing a service animal or emotional…

Activist Spotlight: Denarii Grace – Singer-Songwriter, Poet, Aspiring Screenwriter

Wednesday, January 10, 2018Denarii Grace believes that an artist should reflect the times, and that’s what she does as a blues singer-songwriter, poet, aspiring screenwriter, and freelance writer. “We have a responsibility to be truth tellers, speak to our people(s), and create visions…

How ADAPT and Allies Changed the Conversation About Disability Issues in 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017Many nondisabled people were introduced to disability rights activism in 2017 with splashy protests from ADAPT, Housing Works, and other organizations who fought ferociously to defend health care on Capitol Hill. Those protests joined a long and rich history of…

Activist Spotlight: Ariel Henley

Friday, November 17, 2017Ariel Henley has always loved writing, but didn’t always know that she would use it to amplify issues that she cares about, whether the topic is sex education for the disability community or media representation of facial disfigurement. Born

Activist Spotlight: Cyree Jarelle Johnson – Writer, Speaker, Artist

Monday, October 30, 2017When I first asked Cyree Jarelle Johnson what their activism is focused on, they said, “I don’t know what it means to be an activist. I’m a writer and a speaker. I think of myself as an artist.” Then they

My Journey to Rejecting Ableism and Embracing Disability Identity

Wednesday, October 25, 2017I wish I could tell you the exact moment I realized that ableism was surrounding me, being directed at me, and I was participating in it by saying nothing. Instead, there were so many little moments and a few big…

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