This week we're talking to social justice engineer, activist-attorney, and founder of HEARD (Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities), Talila "TL" Lewis.
We talk about deafness and disability in relation to the school-to-prison pipeline, disability solidarity in racial justice movements, The Harriet Tubman Collective, redistributing power in college classrooms, and Deaf art made inside prison.
Also, here is a link to the syllabus for TL's Summer 2016 college class called Disability Justice In the Age of Mass Incarceration: Perspectives on Race, Disability, Law & Accountability.
[Descriptions of the pictures: First, TL Lewis, a Black person with short hair, sits at a table, hands clasped, and smiles for the camera. TL wears a cobalt blue button down shirt. Second, at the national prison strike rally, a group of young adults of color who are Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing stand on outdoor stairs together with TL. Each is raising a fist in the air. They hold signs with #DeafInPrison and #DeafAccesstoJustice. Many are smiling. Third, on the sidewalk at the national prison strike rally, a group of people of color stand in a circle. TL speaks into a loud speaker while someone ASL interprets what TL is saying. The person interpreting has a shirt with "ASL Live" and an image of an eye with a hand in the pupil and a four-colored iris.]