Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Devon Johnson

Director | black phoenix organizing collective
Pronouns: he/him
Devon Johnson (he/him) is a Black, disabled, neurodivergent organizer. He has developed his ideas and politic by examining abolition through a lens of disability justice and reproductive justice. Devon one day hopes to create the groundwork for abolition, Black liberation, and restorative care for our world and communities.

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

From the Plantation to the Psych Ward: How Disability Justice Shapes Abolition and Black Liberation

From Plantation to Psych Ward: How Disability Justice Shapes Abolition and Black Liberation will examine how reforms from enslavement, policing, and mass incarceration will inevitably lead to more and more incarceration in a different way, possibly psychiatric institutionalization, which coincides and runs alongside prison and jail carcerality to create systems of disappearance and strip people of their humanity and autonomy. We will examine together historical examples of how ableism has been used to uplift racism, enslavement, and oppression. We will draw comparisons between psychiatric institutions and prisons and jails that show the insidiousness between the two institutions. And we will be creating our own plans of how to address these reforms to stop them in their tracks and reach true abolition to keep our communities safe, not caged, and thrive without fear of incarceration.

Speakers: Devon Johnson