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Video: Disability Justice & COVID-19

What is ableism? Why don’t some people wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic? Where are all the amazing disabled QT2BIPOC? In this presentation by guest facilitator Monica Ogden, we will learn about ableism in the time of COVID-19, anti-Asian racism, why disability justice must be anti-racist, and how disabled people are experiencing COVID isolation, virus exposures, racism, and ongoing medical complications. If you’ve ever wondered why disabled voices aren’t leading the pandemic response, and dream of a future that centres disability justice, this workshop is for you!

This is a re-recorded version of a workshop by Monica Ogden. This workshop was originally held live in March 2021 as part of the (Un)Learning Together community workshop series organized by the Anti-Violence Project. To access workshop resources or to make inquiries please contact 

Monica Ogden (she/they)

Monica is an award-winning disabled Filipina, Polynesian, British storyteller, actor, and comedian. Monica lives in the territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, after her Lilang migrated from Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Her solo show Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior directed by K.P. Dennis toured 6 cities in 2019, toured to Second City Toronto, was featured on CBC for the #ArtApart National Theatre School series, and recently received the Witness Legacy Award for Social Purpose and Responsibility Through Art from the Witness Legacy Blanket and the Pro Art Alliance.  She is an anti-racist activist and public speaker, past guest panelist at Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria (Primary Colours), Emerald City ComicCon, and the creator of Fistful of Feminism on YouTube. She holds a BA with distinction in Gender Studies from the University of Victoria, and previously worked at the anti.violence.project as a volunteer organizer! Her disabilities include mobility disability, endometriosis, chronic illness, chronic pain, some hearing loss, cognitive disability, low vision, and mental illness.

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