The Crip Camp impact campaign in partnership with Color of Change established an emergency relief fund for disabled creatives and activists. Many have lost all or most of their income, and – as freelancers or independent contractors – they don’t qualify for unemployment benefits. The fund ensures that activists, storytellers and cultural influencers of the future can continue the vital work that Crip Camp champions.
Even in the best of times, people with disabilities are disenfranchised by our economic, education and healthcare systems. Prior to COVID-19, the median adjusted family income for disabled workers was about half of the income of others, ages 18-64. Now, during the COVID-19 crisis, the situation is acute, with life-and-death questions on the line – especially for multiply marginalized disabled people.
Crip Camp and Color of Change Partnership
Color of Change is the largest online racial justice organization, with over 1.7 million members. Recognizing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on disabled people and elders, especially in Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities, Crip Camp and Color of Change’s partnership demonstrates the importance of collaborations between racial justice and disability organizers to effect lasting social change.