PATTY BERNE is a Co-Founder of Sins Invalid and has served as Artistic Director since 2006. Berne's background includes advocacy for immigrants who seek asylum due to war and torture; community organizing within the Haitian diaspora; international support work for the Guatemalan democratic movement; work with incarcerated youth toward alternatives to the criminal legal system; advocating for LGBTQI community and disability rights perspectives within the field of reproductive and genetic technologies; offering mental health support to survivors of violence; and cultural activism to centralize marginalized voices, particularly those of people with disabilities. She is pursuing a Psy.D., focusing on trauma and healing for survivors of interpersonal and state-sponsored violence. In 2008, she had a chapter published in the Routledge Press book, Telling Stories to Change the World, on the work and history of Sins Invalid. She currently chairs the Board of Directors at San Francisco Women Against Rape and the 2009 recipient of the Empress I Jose Sarria Award for Uncommon Leadership in the field of LGBTQI and disability rights by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
'RON DANIELLA is healing 2 learn *&* practice transformative love. Afrikan/Black NDN. PWD. GenderQueer. 2spirited. "working" poor cultural worker. narrating 4 ''Charisse Shumate: Fighting for our Lives" 2 performing at "Sins '06" & becoming a responsible storyteller.
TODD HERMAN is a filmmaker, photographer, curator, facilitator, and a long time ally of the disability rights movement. His work ranges from inquiries into the relationships between photography, memory, and mourning; to issues around media representation of persons with disabilities. His work shows internationally. For more information about Todd visit, www.todd-herman.com.
LEROY FRANKLIN MOORE JR. is a Co-Founder and Community Relations Director of Sins Invalid. As a Black writer, poet, hip-hop/music lover, community activist, and feminist and consultant on race and disability with a physical disability, he has been sharing his perspectives on identity, race, and disability for the last 13 years. His work began in London, England where he discovered a Black disabled movement which led to the creation of his lecture series, "On the Outskirts: Race & Disability". He is also producer and columnist of Illin-N-Chillin at Poor Magazine and creator of Krip-Hop Mixtape Project. He is one of the leading voices around police brutality and wrongful incarceration of people with disabilities and has studied, worked, and lectured in the field of race and disability concerning blues, hip-hop, and social justice issues in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands.
NOEMI SOHN is a poet, community activist and perpetual student living in San Francisco. She reads her poetry at different venues and open mics through the Bay Area. Her 2003 chap book Interwined won the 2004 Pen Oakland – Josephine Miles Award. At times, she can make people laugh with her wry sense of humor.
LISA THOMAS-ADEYEMO is a queer New African healer, activist, educator, vocalist, percussionist and Mother. She currently directs the Counseling Program at San Francisco Women Against Rape and is a co-coordinator for the largest national gathering of queer people of color activist and organizers in the country.