Access at Activation

Activation’s collective agreement “people are many things”, holds us in our attempt to make Activation a space where we can all experience belonging.

We are grateful for our disabled Black and brown elders for crafting disability justice praxis as an intersectional and intentional framework to shape our healing justice work.

In all of our work, we remember the words Alice Wong, Sandy Ho, and Mia Mingus teach us: Access is Love. 

This committment requires our consistent effort in iterating and transmuting as needed to make the work transparent and accessible as possible, as we are able.

Healing our collective trauma means prioritizing those not able to be present because of access barriers. No space will ever be entirely accessible to all bodies, however, it is our collective responsbility to identify those barriers and tear them down. 

Our access approach is by no means exhaustive. We expect to make mistakes and be corrected when we do. All are welcome to submit feedback here.

Adapted from the Irresistable Podcast Access Statement, we are engaging the following to increase accessibility in our network. 
We have not yet, but are working to translate our website and written and published material into Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and French. We aim to use inclusive language free from jargon and are open to feedback when we fall short of this goal.

We aim to make our website accessible by keeping language, text, font size, and image use simple. All images are captioned and our website is partially optimized for screen readers and other access needs. 

Social Channels
We use Alt-Text, Camel-Case, and image descriptions in the captions of our picture, video, and text posts when possible.

Co-op Fund 
We aim to enhace the access of our co-op fund by encouraging those who can to pay for the subscription of someone who is unable to pay.  Additional information regarding co-op fund access can be found on the co-op fund FAQ page

Digital Gathering
We do not yet have the funding to hire ASL interpreters. Zoom accessibility features including closed captioning through Closed Captioning REST APIautomatic transcripts, recordings, Keyboard Shortcuts,  and Screen Reader Support are available. We ask about access needs for being in the digital space.

Physical Gathering
The Outlier Inn lacks ADA compliance. We practice low-scent. Gender neutral bathrooms are available throughout the property. We conduct access check-ins during orientation and each day in small groups. We facilitate resource exchange and sharing to meet needs in real time. We aim to center a culture of asking pronouns, respecting people’s boundaries, and resisting our socialization by checking power dynamics.

We ask about access needs for being in the physical space. Additional information regarding access at the Outlier Inn can be found on the FAQ page.

Kaleidescrope Justice
We understand justice as constantly shifting patterns and always changing lived experiences. Our take on justice prioritizes survivors and acknowledges the complexities of healing and exploring pathways to addressing harm without causing further damage.

Asking for help
We are a small team of artists with limited resoruces, which means quality access requires us to ask for help. It means paying for accessibility software and ADA compliance support, language translation, and more. If you are able and would like to support this project in accessibility and sustainability, become a member of Activation Co-op Fund or send investment funds to our PayPal.

Access Resources 

This list of resources was compiled by Activation’s fouding member and artist, Kamra Hakim, with the help of Irresistable Podcast and other healing justice organizations. 

Reading Recommendations

Irresistable Podcast Access Process & Commitments

Disability Justice & Healing Justice Work 
  • Read this working draft by Patty Berne of Sins Invalid on Disability Justice.
  • Click here to read this article on disability justice by Nomi Lamm with significant input from Patty Berne & Kiyaan Abadani. 

Podcast Access

Social Justice Linguistic Support
Read up on harnessing language use for cross-sector power building in this Progressive Style Guide by SumofUs. 

Additions to this list can be submitted via email here.