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Charis welcomes Shayda Kafai in conversation with Maria R. Palacios for a discussion of Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid. In recent years, disability activism has come into its own as a vital and necessary means to acknowledge the power and resilience of the disabled community, and to call out ableist culture wherever it appears.
Crip Kinship explores the art-activism of Sins Invalid, a San Francisco Bay Area-based performance project, and its radical imaginings of what disabled, queer, trans, and gender nonconforming bodyminds of color can do: how they can rewrite oppression, and how they can gift us with transformational lessons for our collective survival.
Grounded in their Disability Justice framework, Crip Kinship investigates the revolutionary survival teachings that disabled, queer of color community offers to all our bodyminds. From their focus on crip beauty and sexuality to manifesting digital kinship networks and crip-centric liberated zones, Sins Invalid empowers and moves us toward generating our collective liberation from our bodyminds outward.
Shayda Kafai (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a queer, disabled, Mad femme of color, she commits to practicing the many ways we can reclaim our bodyminds from systems of oppression. To support this work as an educator-scholar, Shayda applies disability justice and collective care practices in the spaces she cultivates. Shayda’s writing and speaking presentations focus on intersectional body politics, particularly on how bodies are constructed and how they hold the capacity for rebellion.
Image description of Shayda's photo: A Middle Eastern femme wears bright pink lipstick. She smiles at the camera. She has short, wispy hair, a long silver feather earring, and is wearing a black shirt.
Maria R. Palacios is a polio survivor, disability activist, feminist poet, writer, and artist whose creative expression is one of the tools and weapons of her activism. She believes that art itself can narrate the story of our collective struggle. Maria's work includes various genres of art ranging from published written collections of rebellious poetic storytelling to passionate spoken word and sarcastic illustrations of disability-themed cartoons aimed at calling out ableism. In the artistic world, Maria R. Palacios is known as the Goddess on Wheels.
Image description of Maria's photo: A person with long dark hair pulls a microphone towards herself as she addresses an invisible audience. She wears a white cotton shirt with embroidered pink flowers.
ASL Interpreter bios to be announced:
CART services coordinated by Sins Invalid's Language Justice Team and provided by Visible Voices.
This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage
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In recent years, disability activism has come into its own as a vital and necessary means to acknowledge the power and resilience of the disabled community, and to call out ableist culture wherever it appears.