- April 21, 2015
- 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103
The Anthropology and Social Change Department in Collaboration with Women's Spirituality, Human Sexuality, MHSA (among others) will be hosting this wonderful troupe of disabled artists blending together social justice issues at the intersection of race, gender, disability and sexuality. Sins' groundbreaking work in ARTivism is developed and implemented against a backdrop of politicized disability justice initiatives at the grassroots level.
Follow this link for event page and more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/723220667788571/
This event is open to the public and wheelchair accessible. We request that attending audiences refrain from using scented products (this is to recognize, respect, and honor the needs of people with chemical sensitivity).
We encourage donations, but nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. For more information and/or any questions regarding accessibility please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are exciting times to have Sins Invalid visit CIIS. Community and grassroots reports of police brutality show that the physical abuse of racialized disabled minorities continues rampant in the United States. Not only are forms of overt abuse toward disabled people common, and to a large extent institutionally and socially sanctioned, but they are also rooted in the Western public consciousness and naturalized through ideological and material practices of exclusion in everyday life.
Because our goal as scholar activists, spiritual activists, and social justice advocates is to pay careful attention and to think and act ethically at the intersections of shared oppression, disability justice ought to be incorporated as an issue of equal import in our conversations about change and social transformation at CIIS.
To neglect the lived experience of disabled and to undermine the ongoing abuse and social isolation of disabled minorities is to legitimize colonial projects built around invisibility and neglect. To remain passive in the face of structural violence is to reproduce and perpetuate negative views/stereotypes about disability as well as physically abusive behaviors toward disabled persons in private and public spaces.
Beyond mobility and structural access concerns and, above all, because we claim to care about marginalized communities' struggles and develop our work around issues of social injustice, we must understand the recurrence of disability-based discrimination (disablement) at the macrostructural level. This framework will allow us to better understand how micro aggressions impact individuals and the student body at large.
As long as there is silence around unequal access of disabled students (in terms of representation, identity, culture and meaning-making) to diverse educational institutions such as ours, we are not being inclusive, we are not being diverse, and we are ultimately not walking the talk.
Disability issues go way beyond mainstream ideas of "universal access" and ADA accommodations. These are but the technical expressions of a struggle that goes back to the 1960s and under the all-encompassing civil rights movement. The disability arts and culture movement has spearheaded some of the most provocative and vibrant acts of political reclamation of the past 30 years. Let us stand in solidarity and produce images that speak to the disability rights and culture movement as the disability community would like to see itself represented - in all its variety and complexity.