OPAWL #IWillEatWithYou Dinner: Disability Justice

Aug 19, 2020, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Online event

OPAWL's next #IWillEatWithYou virtual dinner discussion event will build and strengthen solidarity and community care within the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and disability communities of Ohio. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors, join us from your dinner table, and order some of your favorite local takeout from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020. EVERYONE is welcome to join and break bread with us virtually!

As part of the #IWillEatWithYou solidarity campaign, OPAWL is hosting a series of dinner discussion events with the progressive Ohio AAPI community and friends. The discussion topic for our #IWillEatWithYou dinner on 8/19 will be the intersections of disability justice and racial justice -- including how we are seeing that play out in protests, the 2020 Census, and the upcoming elections. The global pandemic, the Movement for Black Lives, and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2020 have highlighted the importance of learning from visionary disabled activists like the late Stacey Park Milbern, and the need for equity and accessibility in all aspects of society.


  • 6:00 PM Welcome & Intros
  • 6:30 PM Setting the Stage: Intersections of Disability Justice and Racial Justice
    •  - Ash Alunan, Disability Justice Activist
    •  - Catalleya Storm, Black Queer & Intersectional Collective (BQIC)
    •  - Vanessa Pesec, Chair of the Cuyahoga County Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities
  • 6:50 PM Small Discussion Groups
  • 7:40 PM Large Group Sharing
  • 7:55 PM Raffle Drawing & Closing

We hope to create a sense of community and solidarity to get us through this new reality and help create a more resilient world. If you're able, please enjoy a meal or a beverage with us during the event by supporting local restaurants and groceries owned by AAPIs and other BIPOC. If you're not able, we understand and we would still love to see you *virtually*!