Thank you so much for your opening keynote at Ryerson University, for the Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds Conference. As a community artist/organizer, Collectively, Connectedly, Lovingly: Disability Justice for Our Multidimensional Lives is truly a gift.

I understand that you are faithful to poetry, so thank you for taking some time apart to put together such a thorough and thoughtful presentation.

You had my rapt attention from the moment you invited us to share the space in all the ways that we know ourselves; then immediately vanquished those internalized barriers that cause us to question our place, by calling on your Black, queer, mad, crip Ancestors for protection, and taking command of your own place.

You delivered so much insight with an openness and acceptance like I’ve never seen, as you continually held yourself accountable along with the rest of us. I didn’t experience a single moment of contradiction. I found freedom in the simple truth that oppression and privilege can live in the same body, to move forward, do better. So, thank you for that affirmation. Your talk was decidedly
intersectional.

I am restless to abandon the hierarchies of ally-ship and return to the wisdom of friendship, kinship, and the potentiality of Black radical imagination. Your teachings on accepting care, and using disability justice as a lens, have made anomalous impressions. You have gifted me with ideas, language, solutions, and questions, that I have already put into practice.

It is a pleasure to finally meet you.

I am so looking forward to some cross-movement organizing.

Gina Minugh
Managing Director of The Intersections Project
Toronto, ON.