President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

In the coming weeks, the White House, the Department of Justice,  and the newly formed Task Force on 21st Century Policing will work to engage the American people in a discussion on the state of law enforcement, policing strategy, and most importantly – the solutions to build greater trust between police forces and the communities they serve.

The Task Force is scheduled to host a number of public hearings in the coming weeks and months that will be live streamed and our public engagement team will schedule a number of listening sessions and conference calls with key constituency groups and stakeholders. If you have questions regarding those listening sessions please

Impact of police militarization on people with disabilities

The video below speaks to how police militarization impacts people with disabilities, especially poor people living in urban areas.   NBDC is the proud that White House and the Department of Justice included people with disabilities in the conversations of police militarization.  Taryn Mackenzie Williams of the White House Office of Public Engagement advised and coordinated the conversations on police militarization and people with disabilities. It is our hope that one of the scheduled public hearings across the country will take place in the Oakland/Bay area.  Contact the e-mail:

CFP: Special Issue of African American Review, Blackness and Disability

In 2006, the late Christopher M. Bell lamented “the failure of Disability Studies to engage issues of race and ethnicity in a substantive capacity.” In recent years, scholars like Michelle Jarman, Jennifer James, Cynthia Wu, Nirmalla Ervelles, and Terry Rowden have filled this lacuna with essays and books of their own. Though it may no longer be necessary to think in terms of failure, we still have a significant amount of work to do in exploring the scholarly terrain where disability and race intersect. In an effort to continue this conversation, this special issue of African American Review seeks essays that probe the connections between blackness and disability and think beyond the idea that one is simply like the other.

We define disability as the existing social, legal, and cultural conditions that make the world un-navegable for people with impairments, drawing a distinction between material realities and the consequences of social (in)action. We recognize the historical relationship between racializing and disabling discourses as complex and dynamic. In this issue, we aim to challenge, expose, and analyze the way these discourses shape literary and cultural production. 

Documentary: "Who Am I To Stop It"

Oct 8, 2014 - "Who Am I To Stop It" is directed by Cheryl Green who has experienced brain injury. It is observational in nature, rather than relying on interviews and experts or sensationalizing the traumatic injury events. Featured artists are people rooted in society, and many of the difficulties they face--and their wonderful triumphs--happen in the interaction between them and people around them. They are not odd or disordered, even if they experience disability; they are people with agency, drive, and value. Read more »

Disparities in care for Blacks linked to segregation, unconscious bias

Black patients are less satisfied with care from doctors who show unintentional bias. Highly segregated areas have disparities in lung cancer death rates, research shows.

Two studies published in January highlight the challenges blacks face in accessing equitable, quality health care. In one study, primary care physicians found to have unconscious bias against blacks received
lower marks from their African-American patients on measures of trust and communication skills. Another study found that racial segregation exacerbates disparities in lung cancer mortality. More than 130 Denver-area
primary care doctors and other health professionals such as nurse practitioners took psychological tests that measure implicit bias toward different racial and ethnic groups. Read the entire article in American Medical News

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