Youree Kim

Youree Kim (They/them) is a disability justice activist, abolitionist, and artist based in Chicago. As multiply disabled Asian immigrant, Youree’s works navigate the complicated realities of how disabilities are produced, perceived, and represented in face of critical sociopolitical issues. Since 2017, they started documenting local grass root organizing around disability justice through zine making, digital media, and writings. They are also a co-founder for project Alternatives to Calling the Police During Mental Health Crises, a grassroots project to address state violence against people with disabilities. Youree has Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a master's degree in public policy and Human Rights at Adler University. They were a recipient of ADAPT Women of Year, National Council on Independent Living Youth Scholarship, Crossroads grant, and so forth. Their writings were published and shared at Truthout, AK Press, Riksha magazine, Spork!, and more.

Image: Youree Kim, Alternatives to Policing Based on Disability Justice, 2020. A printed zine with riso graph cover. Dimensions 5x8 inches with yellow cover on a grey plastic paper cutter. The cover is printed with deep blue ink depicting cloudy sky with text reading on the top, "we will get free, together."

The zine was part of a media project led and organized by the Abolition and Disability Justice Coalition in September 2020. It was printed and distributed via various local venues in Chicago including PO Box Collective, Build Coffee, and Women and Children's Bookstore. More information regarding the media project can be found here: https://abolitionanddisabilityjustice.com/

SPARK Microgrant

2020 - 2021,
Grant Recipient