Jun
14
to Jun 16

Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Sins Invalid is a community partner of the Queer Women of Color Film Festival, QWOCMAP’s annual which will premiere 35 films in 3 screenings, June 14-16, 2019. Their 15th anniversary Festival Focus “Resilient Past is Vibrant Prologue,” honors the everlasting power of queer women of color, and gender nonbinary and transgender people of color. From a young biracial Chinese woman whose home propels her into the world, to the voice of a Mexican American boy soaring with love, from two nonbinary Coptic Egyptian and Muslim Pakistani queer friends diving into community with food, to four Black trans women strutting through love, trade, and shade, these films charge through time and revel in our ability to thrive. All films are Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. ASL interpretation will be provided.

https://festival2019.qwocmap.org/

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Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Access-Centered Movement for People of Color

Access Info:
-Wheelchair Accessible.
-No Scent Campus. (This is a Fragrance-Free class. Please come unscented to protect those of us with environmental/chemical sensitivities what.) Soap in the bathroom is fragrance free.
- non-fluorescent lighting
- please give us 72 hours notice if you would like an ASL interpreter
-we will take breaks and everyone is encouraged to take care of their body as needed
-please let us know if you have other access needs or questions

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Fitness Studio is in the Ed Roberts Campus, which is directly above Ashby BART Station.

About the Workshop:
In this workshop, we will offer an introduction to Access–Centered Movement® in preparation for our Access–Centered Movement® Teacher Training (a certification program). We will explore how people who teach movement/bodymind practices (yoga, dance, martial arts, meditation/mindfulness etc) can make their classes more accessible to a wide array of bodies and minds. We will examine Access-Centered and invitational language, access-centered movement and variations, as well as opening a dialogue around cultural humility when engaging with different bodies and minds. India will provide an overview of the Disability Justice framework and how to apply this framework to teaching movement. The workshop will include interactive lectures, demonstrations, some space for participants to practice with each other, and time for questions and answers.

This workshop will be a prerequisite for the Access–Centered Movement® Teacher Training which we will schedule once we have enough interest. We will offer a few more introductory workshops in case folks are not able to attend this one.

This workshop will be sliding scale with scholarship options, we humbly ask that you offer as much as you are able to sustainably, knowing that we are low income disabled teachers and that this is our life’s work.
Sliding scale $40-$150+ (no one turned away for lack of funds). We highly encourage people who have financial access to pay as much as they can (perhaps more than $150) to help fund folks who do not have access.

We would like people to register and pay for the event in advance so that we know that we will have enough attendees. Please submit your pre-payments via Venmo to @lovingtheskin

FB message us or email us at the email below if you need to pay another way.
No refunds except for health/disability related reasons.

If you cannot pay until the day of for financial reasons, please email us so we know you are serious about attending and we can reserve a spot for you.

We need 6 people registered and paid by June 1, 2019 to run the training.

Please email us if you have any issues - accesscenteredmovement@gmail.com

About the Teacher:
India Harville is an African American queer disabled femme teacher, somatic bodyworker, dancer/dance instructor, performance artist, social justice activist, and educator dedicated to facilitating people in personal and collective growth and transformation. India has been a student of movement for over twenty years. Due to chronic illness/disabilities, India had to create her own modifcations to attend many movement classes that were not accessible. She then went on to become and instructor of different mixed abilities dance styles including DanceAbility and American DanceWheels Wheelchair Dance. India dances with the Interdisciplinary Inclusive Ensemble at Cal State Hayward, a mixed abilities dance company, Sins Invalid, and creates her own works. India adopted a radical disability politic in 2011 after hearing Mia Mingus speak and has been a student of disability justice since that time. She is grateful to all of her teachers, both living and ancestral, whose work is the foundation of all she does.

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Jun
24
6:15 PM18:15

Crip Bits: Disability Justice is Reproductive Justice

We should have choice about our own bodies. This is not up for debate.

Restrictive abortion laws are on the rise. We need to highlight the impact of limiting access to abortion on disabled people of color, disabled poor people, and disabled pregnant people, along with the violence that transgender and non-binary people face while accessing reproductive health services.

What is the history of the reproductive justice movement in the United States? How have abortion laws changed throughout United States history? What are the ways that these laws are affecting our disabled, BIPOC, queer, transgender, non-binary, and pregnant communities? Where does the history of eugenics intersect with the history of abortion access?

Bianca Laureano and Patty Berne will explore these questions and more in June's episode of Crip Bits: Disability Justice is Reproductive Justice.

Tune in to the conversation at 6:15PST by going to the Sins Invalid Facebook page's "Videos" tab. CART live transcriptioning will be provided. We'll also be live-tweeting @sinsinvalid especially awesome nuggets during the conversation!

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Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

American Sign Language Dance - week 1

Deaf and hearing dancers of all levels are invited to join in this ASL movement workshop. The cost is $75 for all four classes. (Not per class.) July 5, 12, 26 and August 2.

Register here.

Workshop leaders include:

Antoine Hunter (director and founder of Urban Jazz Dance and the Bay Area Deaf International Dance Festival)
Zahna Simon (assistant director of Urban Jazz Dance)
Danielle Silk (dancer with Urban Jazz Dance)

This workshop will guide participants in exploring the arts through a combination of movement, dance and sign language. Antoine Hunter will teach choreography, Zahna Simon will teach technique, and Danielle Silk will teach theater. All levels of movers welcome - from novice through professional. You will be learning, creating your own work and learning choreography from Antoine Hunter.

A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning Deaf and hard-of-hearing choreographer, dancer, teacher, actor, poet and Deaf advocate. The Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Jazz Dance, Antoine has also performed with Savage Jazz Dance Company, Nuba Dance Theater, Alayo Dance Company, Robert Moses’ KIN, Man Dance, Sins Invalid, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Amara Tabor-Smith, Kim Epifano and many shows produced by the Lorraine Hansberry Theater. Antoine’s tours have taken him throughout the Bay Area and the world including Cuba, Rome, and Paris. In 2013, Antoine founded and directed the first annual Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival.

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Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

Krip Hop Nation Presents Africa to USA

Krip-Hop Nation’s African Musicians (Zimbabwe, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and more) are coming to the San Francisco’s Bay Area to perform and network at the “Disabled African Musicians Summer Bay Area Festival 2019.” They are also putting out a CD entitled Bridging The Gap: African Musicians with/without Disabilities.

Krip-Hop Nation is a project led by Leroy Moore, co-founder of Sins Invalid.

African musicians with disabilities have been working under Krip-Hop Nation for almost six plus years. They will be making a special trip to the Bay Area to share their talents, to connect with disabled and non-disabled people/artists in the US, and to plan for more Krip-Hop Nation’s collaboration in Africa & in the US. All on SSI budget!

Ed Roberts Campus of Berkeley will host Krip-Hop Nation's Disabled African Musicians Summer Bay Area Festival where they will premier their special project, the ‘Blind Joe” Joe Capers Film Documentary trailer (Captioned). Artists coming from all over Africa who are part of Krip-Hop Nation to perform and talk about their work in their country under Krip-Hop Nation and more.

Light snacks and drinks. Scent FREE event.

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Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

American Sign Language Dance - week 2

Deaf and hearing dancers of all levels are invited to join in this ASL movement workshop. The cost is $75 for all four classes. (Not per class.) July 5, 12, 26 and August 2.

Register here.

Workshop leaders include:

Antoine Hunter (director and founder of Urban Jazz Dance and the Bay Area Deaf International Dance Festival)
Zahna Simon (assistant director of Urban Jazz Dance)
Danielle Silk (dancer with Urban Jazz Dance)

This workshop will guide participants in exploring the arts through a combination of movement, dance and sign language. Antoine Hunter will teach choreography, Zahna Simon will teach technique, and Danielle Silk will teach theater. All levels of movers welcome - from novice through professional. You will be learning, creating your own work and learning choreography from Antoine Hunter.

A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning Deaf and hard-of-hearing choreographer, dancer, teacher, actor, poet and Deaf advocate. The Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Jazz Dance, Antoine has also performed with Savage Jazz Dance Company, Nuba Dance Theater, Alayo Dance Company, Robert Moses’ KIN, Man Dance, Sins Invalid, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Amara Tabor-Smith, Kim Epifano and many shows produced by the Lorraine Hansberry Theater. Antoine’s tours have taken him throughout the Bay Area and the world including Cuba, Rome, and Paris. In 2013, Antoine founded and directed the first annual Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival.

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Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

American Sign Language Dance - week 3

Deaf and hearing dancers of all levels are invited to join in this ASL movement workshop. The cost is $75 for all four classes. (Not per class.) July 5, 12, 26 and August 2.

Register here.

Workshop leaders include:

Antoine Hunter (director and founder of Urban Jazz Dance and the Bay Area Deaf International Dance Festival)
Zahna Simon (assistant director of Urban Jazz Dance)
Danielle Silk (dancer with Urban Jazz Dance)

This workshop will guide participants in exploring the arts through a combination of movement, dance and sign language. Antoine Hunter will teach choreography, Zahna Simon will teach technique, and Danielle Silk will teach theater. All levels of movers welcome - from novice through professional. You will be learning, creating your own work and learning choreography from Antoine Hunter.

A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning Deaf and hard-of-hearing choreographer, dancer, teacher, actor, poet and Deaf advocate. The Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Jazz Dance, Antoine has also performed with Savage Jazz Dance Company, Nuba Dance Theater, Alayo Dance Company, Robert Moses’ KIN, Man Dance, Sins Invalid, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Amara Tabor-Smith, Kim Epifano and many shows produced by the Lorraine Hansberry Theater. Antoine’s tours have taken him throughout the Bay Area and the world including Cuba, Rome, and Paris. In 2013, Antoine founded and directed the first annual Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival.

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Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

American Sign Language Dance - week 4

Deaf and hearing dancers of all levels are invited to join in this ASL movement workshop. The cost is $75 for all four classes. (Not per class.) July 5, 12, 26 and August 2.

Register here.

Workshop leaders include:

Antoine Hunter (director and founder of Urban Jazz Dance and the Bay Area Deaf International Dance Festival)
Zahna Simon (assistant director of Urban Jazz Dance)
Danielle Silk (dancer with Urban Jazz Dance)

This workshop will guide participants in exploring the arts through a combination of movement, dance and sign language. Antoine Hunter will teach choreography, Zahna Simon will teach technique, and Danielle Silk will teach theater. All levels of movers welcome - from novice through professional. You will be learning, creating your own work and learning choreography from Antoine Hunter.

A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning Deaf and hard-of-hearing choreographer, dancer, teacher, actor, poet and Deaf advocate. The Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Jazz Dance, Antoine has also performed with Savage Jazz Dance Company, Nuba Dance Theater, Alayo Dance Company, Robert Moses’ KIN, Man Dance, Sins Invalid, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Amara Tabor-Smith, Kim Epifano and many shows produced by the Lorraine Hansberry Theater. Antoine’s tours have taken him throughout the Bay Area and the world including Cuba, Rome, and Paris. In 2013, Antoine founded and directed the first annual Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival.

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May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Designing Disability Rights in Berkeley Book Talk

The history of Disability Rights and Independent Living is well known in Berkeley, but as two new books explore, notions of "independence" were behind several different models of accessible and inclusive design. In this talk, Elizabeth Guffey and Dr. Bess Williamson will discuss their new books on design and access, with particular attention to the leading role of East Bay activists and planners.

Author Bios:
Dr. Bess Williamson
She is a historian of design and politics. Her book Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design is recently out from NYU Press.

Elizabeth Guffey
She works at the intersection of art, design and disability studies. Her book Designing Disability: Symbols, Space and Society (Bloomsbury) argues that designs like the International Symbol of Access or “wheelchair symbol” can alter the environment, making people more disabled or less, depending on the design’s planning and use. She is also Founding Editor of the academic journal Design and Culture. Guffey currently heads the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory at the State University of New York, Purchase College.

Accommodations available upon request, please contact Jenni Fick at jfick@thecil.org prior to the event to set up an accommodation.

Facebook event here.

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May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Malcom X Jazz and Arts Festival, hosted by East Side Arts Alliance

Join EastSide Arts Alliance at the 19th Annual Malcolm X Jazz and Arts Festival! Featuring local musicians, poets, artist, vendors and community.

Performances on the Jazz Stage by Avotcja and Modúpue, John Santos Quartet with special guest Bobi Céspedes and David Murray, Howard Wiley and Extra Nappy, Tribute to Aretha Franklin with Ms Faye Carol, Dwight Trible, La Favi, and Shavon Moore.

Dance Performances on the Katherine Dunham Dance Stage by Girl Project, Cunamacué: Son de Los Diablos, and dana fitchett/ defDances and La Mezcla

Poets on the Javad Jahi Stage include Tango Eisen-Martin, Tureeda Mikell, Arnoldo Garcia, and more!

kick it in the Graf Courts where there will be skate ramps, art demos, as well as the Historic Archives of Mike "Dream" Francisco, and live painting by SF legends JOKER1, TWICK, CHEPH. Music by DJ Agana and more!

More performances in the Dream Courts by Nette Brielle, Afro Urban Society, Sister Iminah, Shy'An G, Gold Honey and a Tribute to Pam the Funkstress.

Stroll through the Artisan Gallery and support the many talented vendors that will be set up at the festival.

Enjoy the kid zone and food court featuring international flavors.

Facebook Event here.

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Apr
29
6:15 PM18:15

Crip Bits: Gettin' Some and Givin' Some

Please join us for the next episode of Crip Bits - Gettin’ Some & Givin’ Some: Disability, Sex & Access! Crip Bits is a Facebook Live Event; the upcoming episode will be held on Monday, April 29th, 6:15p PST/9:15p EST.

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis and Patty Berne will discuss questions like:

What do we mean by Cripping Sex?
How have we accessed our sexualities as people with disabilities?
What limits our access to sex? What supports our access to sex?
What does intimacy look like if you need access support?
What does the experience of kink allow us to learn as people with disabilities?
How has white supremacy, enforced gender and cis heteronormativity restricted our access to sex?
How does limited social currency affect our access to sex and our own sexualities?

The event will take place on Facebook Live - if you are logged into FB when the event begins and follow the Sins Invalid page, you should receive a notification when we go live. Otherwise, you can find the event by clicking the "video" tab on the Sins Invalid page at the time of the event and after. CART transcription will be provided!

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Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Reed College Workshop

Performance workshop presented by Nomy Lamm for Jaclyn Pryor’s "Sick!: Queerness, Disability, and Performance” class. This workshop will include voice work, creative process work, and group performances that work with the concept of and implementation of access needs.

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Apr
26
4:00 PM16:00

Reed College Documentary Screening

Presented by Nomy Lamm for Jaclyn Pryor’s "Sick!: Queerness, Disability, and Performance” class.

Sins Invalid witnesses a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists. Since 2006, its performances have explored themes of sexuality, beauty, and the disabled body, impacting thousands through live performance. Sins Invalid is as an entryway into the absurdly taboo topic of sexuality and disability, manifesting a new paradigm of disability justice. 

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Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Making Connections

Ripples of Violence: Intimate Partner Violence Across Disability Communities.

Why this topic? Violence is endemic in domination, from settler-colonial empire to ableism as a way that those in power maintain systemic oppression and as an “outward ripple” in interpersonal relationships. This is reflected in the lives of multiply marginalized people, with the violence that we experience as disabled people, as people of color, as queer and non-binary people reverberating and multiplying the effects of violence, leading to staggering rates of interpersonal violence against people with disabilities (for ex. an estimated 70% of women with disabilities are survivors of sexual violence). While this level of violence is unacceptable in our lives, it has been rendered invisible within multiple systems of oppression which silence the voices of disabled people (particularly femmes) of color and seeks to cast unsafe behavior toward people with disabilities as a “natural” part of living with an impairment.

Why now? In our current moment, fascism is on the rise. Neoliberalism is becoming increasingly violent and white nationalism is gaining momentum. High-ranking officials such as President Donald Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh have repeatedly been hostile and violent towards disabled people, especially disabled people of color. This fosters a culture that prevents disabled people from feeling safe and empowered enough to come forward and report violence. This current context is important in understanding why we feel compelled to have this conversation now.

Where: This conversation will take place primarily via Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. We feel convening online will increase the accessibility of the conversation. It also allows folks who do not live in the Bay Area to participate. However, we also understand that the topic of intimate partner violence can be intense and may be emotionally provocative. To address this, we are open to supporting people’s participation via in-person group locations. If you would like this form of in-person support, please indicate so in your reply email. There will be one in person group in the SF/Bay Area, at “Sins Central” in Berkeley and a second in-person location at San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR).

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