Disability Day 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021 - 12:18pm
Gunagala (sky). Artwork by Renay Barker-Mullholland.

“Our world is already here, in some (many) ways. It is partly brought into existence by our collective imaginings, far greater, more expansive, than can be shared in this space. It is held in our work within communities today; within our struggle to maintain as we have begun; together, centred in Indigenous ways of being (our ways); in abolition, beyond academic text; in intersectional, collective liberation.” - Elena Macdonald, Paredarerme, residing on Wurundjeri land

Following up 2020’s “Imagining Disability Justice”, for 3CR’s Disability Day 2021 Broadcast in year two of the pandemic, we will be making space to explore what Disability Justice has been, is, and will be on these lands - led by Blak Disabled community members.

Image title: Gunagala (sky)
Image description: A digital artwork that features large, circular dark pink blooms. They appear hanging alongside long, green and blue foliage against a sunset coloured sky. The text is as follows: Grounding Disability Justice 3CR Community Radio. 

Image credit: Renay Barker-Mulholland

Artist statement: Flowers grow, the world revolves, and we make it through another day. While the sun sets, the diminishing rays ignite our own introspection on the status quo and our part in that. As we take stock of where we are, intertwined is a wealth of knowledge and strength.  This is the destination, and now is the journey. 

This work was created in response to my first outing on Country with my new powered 4wd wheelchair, I was finally able to engage in something so integral to my culture. I came across a giant bush covered in spectacular flowers, and was awestruck by the beauty of it. I finally felt in that moment that I could see what true justice for everyone meant, while noting the solid and intricate branches that grew these magnificent specimens. We've had the world stop, and the looming of the unknown has forced us through space and time to reflect on the kind of world it is we're trying to save. Now is the time to be brave, the revolution is here. Just like that beautiful bush, we needed to make sure every branch supports a magnificent display of us. 

 

GROUNDING DISABILITY JUSTICE SCHEDULE 

7-8.30am Green Left Weekly Radio 
Unravelling and critiquing the privatised nature and corporatisation of the NDIS. Since the introduction of the NDIS many things have improved but there is still plenty of work to do on basic access, accountability and meeting the needs of the disability community.
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8.30-9.20am Manifesto for Rest and Survival [on resistance and the power of collective - an Indigenous call to disability justice]
This is sick-form, blak-yarn, crip-space, deep-place. Elena (Paredarerme Nation) explores disability justice and its meaning when grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing. A decolonial approach to disability, and the collective networks of rest, care and resistance that underpin it. Also featuring Tabitha Lean and music by E Fishpool and Alice Skye. (50 minutes) 
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9.20-9.45am Growing Up Jane In Australia
Spend some time with Jane Rosengrave (Yorta Yorta). Jane talks about the intersection of ableism and racism against Blackfullas, surviving (and thriving after) violent institutions, strength in culture and self advocacy, and Jane’s chapter in the highly acclaimed anthology, Growing Up Disabled In Australia. (25 minutes)
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9.45am-10.30am Mob Dreaming Up: Yarning Sick, Disabled Realities
Disabled and ill Mob yarn on the realities of illness and disability within the colony. Elena Macdonald is joined by Mali, Samia, Renay, Nay and Tabitha. An excerpt of this show, recorded in 2020 as part of 'Imagining Disability Justice'. (45 minutes)
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10.30-11am Billabong Beats
Gavin Moore speaks with Uncle Geoff Maher to look at police harrassment of First Nations people with mental health issues and the need for a community response rather than state violence.
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11-12pm
Dreaming Disability Justice + Abolitionist Futures
Stirring performances and readings from Blak and Indigenous writers recorded at this years’ Emerging Writers Festival. (49 minutes)
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SPOTLIGHT on Lima (Radio Skid Row)
Pauline spends a few minutes with Radio Skid Row’s Lima, aka LISTIC, a Samoan broadcaster with a disability, to chat about ableism, community radio, and solidarity with First Nations people with disabilities. (11 minutes)
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12-1pm Ubuntu Voices 
Presented by Ajak Kwai. First up, Ajak chats with Castlemaine based musician, writer and parent with a disability Eliza Hull. Later in the show are two separate live performances and interviews with singer-songwriter and keyboardist Edward Roussac and musician, poet and visual artist Alice Gartner who is an autistic woman and parent with ADHD. They are joined by Phil Heuzenroeder, Director of Wild At Heart Community Arts.
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1pm-2pm Soundtrack to Revolution: Disability and Chronic Illness Edition
Racerage is a queer Blak radical, post-internet rapper based on Wurundjeri country, and occasional host of 3CR’s Satellite Skies. In this episode, Racerage featured music and poetry from disabled and chronically ill artists including Kalyn Heffernan, WATSKY, KING KAUTION of Krip Hop Nation, Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra, Field Mouse, Kt Spit, Jess Knight, Hot Work, and a CB Mako poem read aloud by Racerage! “As our state opens up; sick, old, disabled and Immunocompromised folks lives cannot be considered collateral damage to be sacrificed for the freedoms and economic advantages of the young, healthy and able bodied. That is some ableist eugenics bullshit!” - Racerage
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2-4pm Burning Vinyl
Presented by Matt Gleeson.  3CR's seminal rock program of Melbourne and Australian rock with a focus on unsigned bands and who's gigging around Melbourne. Featuring music from Sydney based Club Weld studio for neurodiverse musicians and a bunch of tracks and live interviews with other artists identifying as disabled, all Australian, and all genres and eras.
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4.00-5pm

Free Palestine!
Pauline Vetuna talks to Muhib Nabulsi (he/they) a disabled diaspora Palestinian, about Palestine, BDS campaign, pinkwashing, and how to be in solidarity with Palestinians with disabilities as disabled people. Featuring music by Muqata'a and Makimakkuk (36 minutes).
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Busting all the Binaries
Access is love. An incredible and intimate conversation with Hunter Dillon, a queer transmasc person, tattooist, and sex worker with chronic invisible illnesses who lives in Naarm, Melbourne. Recorded by Queering the Air’s Michele for 3CR’s Binary Busting Broadcast on Transgender Day of Visibility 2021 (24 minutes).
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5-5.30pm Chronically Cruel - a story of disability, detention and indifference.  
Presented by Bridget McArthur, Akii Ngo & Marijo Pozega (Chronically Chilled)
A deep-dive on the disability cycle created and perpetuated by Australia’s detainment approach to asylum seekers, with a focus on the Medevac refugees, who sought nothing but medical attention and safety but were instead met with imprisonment. 3CR's Chronically Chilled team speaks with Mohammad Mousavi, currently being held in Park Hotel, on his experiences of disability and mental health in detention, as well as Sahar Okhovat, Senior Policy Officer for the Refugee Council of Australia, on their recent submission on the experiences of people with disability in immigration detention to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
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5.30-6pm  Raising Our Voices
Human Rights during the COVID -19 pandemic. Jane, Norrie, James, Justin and Lisa share their experiences of lockdown and staying connected to community during the pandemic.
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6-6.30pm Meet The Authors 
Presented by Raphael ‘The Beurologist’ Kaleb  (The Boldness)
The Beurologist talks with Mental Health Advocates and Activists Heidi Everett and Sandy Jeffs about their recently published books.  'My Friend Fox' by Heidi Everett is a memoir recalling her life, influences and reflecting on the Mental Health System.  Sandy Jeffs OAM is the author of 'Poetics of A Plague' a collection of Haiku poems reflecting on Covid 19.
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6.30-7pm Mafalda {Spanish}
Vicky Ferrada will host a panel to discuss the barriers people with a disability face to be eligible for DSP and/or NDIS and provide information about the options clients may have access to, when approved for a care package plus, other issues related to the provision of care.
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Disability Day 2021 is proudly supported by the City of Yarra

 

3CR presenter Jane Rosengrave
Friday
Following up 2020’s “Imagining Disability Justice”, for 3CR’s Disability Day 2021 Broadcast in year two of the pandemic, we will be making space to explore what Disability Justice has been, is, and will be on these lands - led by Blak and Indigenous Disabled community members.

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Episodes

Disability Day 2021

3 Dec 2021
Grounding Disability Justice - a 12-hour broadcast on Friday 3 December 2021

Disability Day 2020

3 Dec 2020
Imagining disability justice - a 12-hour broadcast on Thursday 3 December 2020

Disability Day 2019

3 Dec 2019
Power from the margins! This year's 12-hour broadcast focuses on the voices of Black and Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC) with various kinds of disabilities.

Disability Day 2018

3 Dec 2018
Celebrate Disability Day 2018 - Choices and Rights! - with 12 hours of dedicated programming by, for and about people