The Oberlin Review

Off The Cuff: Jen Deerwater, Indigenous Activist and Journalist

Off The Cuff: Jen Deerwater, Indigenous Activist and Journalist

November 8, 2019

Jen Deerinwater is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, bisexual, Two Spirit, multiply-disabled journalist, and organizer. Deerinwater writes on a variety of topics, including national politics, reproductive justice, ableism, resource extraction, and justice for indigenous communities. Deerinwater is a contributor at Truthout, a Freedomways and New Economies Reporting Project fellow, and the Founder and Executive Director of Crushing Colonialism, an international, Indigenous multi-media collec...

New Dis/Ability Group Forms, Aims to Make Oberlin More Accessible

New Dis/Ability Group Forms, Aims to Make Oberlin More Accessible

April 27, 2018

A group of students concerned with a lack of resources for and advocacy around dis/ability at Oberlin have announced the formation of Obility, a new dis/ability rights student activist group. Having held their first meeting yesterday in Wilder Hall, the group seeks to organize to address the array of challenges the disabled community at Oberlin faces. While obstacles concerning students with disabilities have always existed at Oberlin, these issues came into the spotlight last fall, when the turbulent d...

Disabled Community Celebrates Resilience Through Performance

Matías Berretta, Staff Writer

April 8, 2016

Healing from violence inflicted by systems of oppression is a major challenge faced by marginalized communities. On Tuesday, College seniors Rachel Parnell and Sylvie Rosenkalt created a space at the Cat in the Cream where such healing and restoration processes could begin and continue as part of the Healing Justice Lending Library Art Show and Fundraiser. Parnell carefully curated a playlist of videos of performances by disabled artists for the event, and Vines created by Rosenkalt were showcased on tables set up at the venue’s entrance. A group of eager students rearranged the space to make it more accessible for disabled people. Without a ramp for wheelchair users, organizers turned the stage into an elevated seating...

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