As a new year and semester begins, we find ourselves concerned about several moves here in the States that affect people with disability. At the end of 2017, the state of Kentucky (our southern neighbor) passed a bill that would require people to pursue work in order to receive Medicaid health benefits ( While people with disability are not required to work, the law remains vague in relation to family members and caretakers of those with disability. This legislation does not create jobs but merely punishes those who cannot find one; we have been re-reading some of last year's special issue on Disability and Labor (37:4) to help us think through how disability justice activists and scholars can respond. Here in Ohio, Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 164 under the guise of Disability Rights, banning the right of families to choose to terminate a pregnancy if a fetus is screened positively for Down Syndrome ( As feminist and disability scholars, we are deeply concerned with this move to control and regulate family planning while calling it justice—for whom? And under what circumstances?

The work that we do as Disability Justice scholars feels incredibly urgent. We are thrilled to bring you a new issue that reflects the array of work being done in our field. We have two suggested ways of thinking about the content—one section we are calling "Epistemologies" and the other "Citizenships." In "Epistemologies" authors consider a diverse set of locations that shape how we think about disability and shape disability knowledges, from surgical textbooks to the rhetoric of school shootings, from Latin American literature to sign language interpretation. Under "Citizenships" authors challenge what it means to participate in State, whether it be within the Irish legal system or through cyber protesting and microfinance practices. We hope that you can carve out time to dive into the issue and let it inform, inspire and invigorate your own work. There is much work to be done.

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