This is a set of ten principles developed in 2005 by disabled activists of color/queer women of color, many who are now associated with the Sins Invalid collective.

 

1) INTERSECTIONALITY

“We do not live single issue lives” – Audre Lorde

Ableism, coupled with white supremacy, supported by capitalism, underscored by heteropatriarchy, has rendered the vast majority of the world “invalid.”

 

2) LEADERSHIP OF THOSE MOST IMPACTED

“We are led by those who most know these systems.” – Aurora Levins Morales

 

3) ANTI-CAPITALIST POLITIC

In an economy that sees land and humans as components of profit, we are anti-capitalist by the nature of having non-conforming body/minds.

 

4) COMMITMENT TO CROSS-MOVEMENT ORGANIZING

Shifting how social justice movements understand disability and contextualize ableism, disability justice lends itself to politics of alliance.

 

5) RECOGNIZING WHOLENESS

People have inherent worth outside of commodity relations and capitalist notions of productivity. Each person is full of history and life experience.

 

6) SUSTAINABILITY

We pace ourselves, individually and collectively, to be sustained long term. Our embodied experiences guide us toward ongoing justice and liberation.

 

7) COMMITMENT TO CROSS-DISABILITY SOLIDARITY

We honor the insights and participation of all of our community members, knowing that isolation undermines collective liberation.

 

8) INTERDEPENDENCE

We meet each others’ needs as we build toward liberation, knowing that state solutions inevitably extend into further control over lives.

 

9) COLLECTIVE ACCESS

As brown, black and queer-bodied disabled people we bring flexibility and creative nuance that go beyond able-bodied/minded normativity, to be in community with each other.

 

10) COLLECTIVE LIBERATION

No body or mind can be left behind – only moving together can we accomplish the revolution we require.