Dustin Gibson is a community builder that develops he[art]work to expand the collective consciousness of marginalized communities and address the nexus between race, class, and disability. He works across classrooms, neighborhoods, kid jails, and adult prisons to support individuals in finding home and engage in creating a world without jails and prisons.
He works beside community members and grassroots organizations to lead campaigns and build coalitions to eliminate police violence, address community needs, end the criminalization of students -- specifically black disabled students -- and advocate for the implementation of policy and legislation to reduce harm.
Dustin has worked with all three Centers for Independent Living in the Pittsburgh region and has held positions with both of the national Independent Living organizations. He co-founded Disability Advocates for Rights and Transition, an organization led by disabled people that works to end forced institutionalization of disabled people and assist them in navigating systems to live in the community of their choosing with the dignity of risk.
As a founding member of the Harriet Tubman Collective and co-creator of the We Can’t Breathe: The Deaf & Disabled Margin of Police Brutality Project, he travels across the United States to build collective power within multiply-marginalized communities and construct alternatives to systems of policing and imprisonment.