Any disability justice work should be in alignment and solidarity with abolition. And any abolition work should be in alignment and solidarity with disability justice.
Disability justice is abolition work and abolition work is disability justice work. Period.
This is why disability justice and disability rights are NOT the same. It is important to understand the differences between their histories, approaches and politics.
This is why i understand my transformative justice work to be disability justice work. Abolition and disability justice have so many intersections and IMO every disabled person should be an abolitionist. Or maybe they would be if they knew their history.
The connections between the origins of mental institutions and psych wards and prisons and jails. The relationship between incarceration and institutionalization that still today is so often indistinguishable.
Disabled communities fight to end institutionalization, when so often those institutions exist w/in prisons. They fight for developmentally disabled people to not be incarcerated or given the death penalty, when *no one* should be incarcerated or given the death penalty.
Police are not capable of dealing with mental health situations and it is not a matter of training bc the institution of policing itself is one that was created to harm and abuse. This is not an institution that can be reformed and those giving them funds know this.
Disability justice is not about access (e.g. ramps, braille), it's about moving beyond just access. It's about justice and liberation for disabled people and our communities. It's about interdependence, care and sustainability--all things that are threatening to the status quo.
Abolition and disability justice are both about building the world we long for, not only resisting the world that we don't want.
Both are about building new ways of being with each other that are not grounded in punishment, criminalization, revenge, violence, supremacy, oppression, isolation and exclusion. Both are about new ways forward.
Access is an important part of disability justice, but DJ demands that we don't just stop at access and that whatever access we are doing, happens in such a way that it gets us closer to the world we are fighting for, not only reinforces status quo. DJ =/= inclusion.