Crip Bits: Fat Liberation is Disability Justice!

posted on February 14th, 2019

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Feb 25, 6:15 pm PST on Facebook Live

Please come join us for the next episode of Crip Bits: Fat Liberation is Disability Justice, where we’ll talk about intersections and interactions between the movements for Fat Liberation and Disability Justice. This is a FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT on Monday, February 25th, 6:15p PST/9:15p EST.

What is Fat Liberation? How does the liberation of fat bodies hinge on the liberation of people with disabilities, and vice versa? How have these movements been pitted against each other through respectability politics, looksism and healthism, and what are the deeper strands of alignment and mutual nourishment that are possible?

Bianca Laureano, Caleb Luna and Patty Berne will discuss their personal histories and analyses, cultural implications and visionary possibilities for fierce, juicy, fat, disabled/crip bodies and communities. 

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.

BIANCA I LAUREANO is an award-winning educator, curriculum writer, and sexologist. She is a founding member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), The LatiNegrxs Project, and hosts LatinoSexuality.com. Her most recent project is an ANTE UP! Certificate program focusing on justice and power frameworks and practice through her virtual freedom school for justice workers. She has written several curricula that focus on communities of color: What’s the REAL DEAL about Love and Solidarity? (2015) and Communication MixTape: Speak On It Vol 1. (2017) and wrote the sexual and reproductive justice discussion guide for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene published in 2018. Bianca has been on the board of CLAGS, the LGBTQ Center at CUNY, and The Black Girl Project. She currently resides in Oakland, CA with her core partner G and is an AASECT certified sexuality educator and supervisor. Find out more about Bianca at her website BiancaLaureano.com and get ANTE UP! Certified at www.AnteUpPD.com.

CALEB LUNA is a writer, activist, teacher, performer and Ph.D. student in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. They are interested in the cultural and sociohistorical meanings ascribed to fatness in the current colonial moment, and how meaning is mapped on to bodies broadly for the purposes of establishing and maintaining a colonial hierarchy. They are a co-author of the forthcoming Body Sovereignty: Fat Politics and the Fight for Humans Rights (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2019). You can find their writing online on Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism and The Body Is Not An Apology, and in Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color.

PATRICIA BERNE is a Co-Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Sins Invalid, a disability justice based performance project centralizing disabled artists of color and queer and gender non-conforming artists with disabilities. Berne’s training in clinical psychology focused on trauma and healing for survivors of interpersonal and state violence. Her professional background includes offering mental health support to survivors of violence and advocating for LGBTQI and disability perspectives within the field of reproductive genetic technologies. Berne’s experiences as a Japanese-Haitian queer disabled woman provides grounding for her work creating “liberated zones” for marginalized voices. She is widely recognized for her work to establish the framework and practice of disability justice.

**If you are logged in to Facebook at the time of the event and follow Sins Invalid, you should receive a notification when we go live. Otherwise, you can find the event by clicking the “Videos” tab of the Sins Invalid Facebook page. All Crip Bits episodes are live-captioned, recorded, and viewable after the initial broadcast in our Crip Bits playlist, which is viewable on the “Videos” tab of the Sins Invalid Facebook page.**

Announcing New Sins Invalid Staff – Andraéa and G!

posted on November 20th, 2018

Sins Invalid is Leveling UP!

We are ecstatic to announce that we are adding two new staff people to the core of our organization – a Program Manager and a Program Assistant! This is the result of a lot of visioning and searching, and we are so happy that we found the perfect people for our crew. The addition of these two new staff members is going to expand our capacity in so many ways, and we can’t wait for you to learn about all the exciting new offerings we have in store for you. Look for new magic to start rolling out at the beginning of the year. Until then, meet your new Sins Invalid family!

Program Manager Andraéa LaVant

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Andraéa LaVant has spent over 10 years focusing on issues of specific relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. Her professional roles and personal advocacy have presented her with many opportunities to prompt change for people with disabilities across the globe. Andraéa’s work for both nonprofit and private sector organizations has included managing initiatives that increase and support engagement of people with disabilities in mainstream programs, and coordinating and overseeing multiple disability-focused federally funded technical assistance and training centers. As Sins Invalid’s Program Manager, Andraéa is thrilled to merge her personal convictions as an advocate with the organization’s Disability Justice Movement Building, Cultural, and Performance/Visual Art work. Andraéa considers herself semi-Southern (born in Iowa and raised in Kentucky), and has sincere love for sweet tea, cornbread, and the word, “y’all.”

Program Assistant G Gomez

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G Gomez is a Chicanx Butch (he/him) born and raised in California. He has spent the last 20 years in service to his multiple communities (Latinx, Queer, poor, and kink) through behind-the-scenes administrative support, event production and management, and resource sharing and (re)distribution. He has moved between corporate environments, non-profit organizations, community organizing spaces, and entrepreneurship. He has a truck and tools and provides sliding scale and barter access to his moving, hauling and handy work services. He also provides support to his partner Bianca in growing her business and is launching his own consulting business to support Queer and Non-binary folks with body-mod undergarments. He finds and (re)distributes resources for houseless community members in Oakland. He helps organize inclusive, accessible play parties wherever he travels. And one of the most satisfying ways he spends his time is supporting local youth Hip Hop events. Bringing his passion for justice and his desire for an equitable world for us all, G hopes to help Sins Invalid build its capacity and sustainability!

Now Hiring: Program Manager

posted on August 14th, 2018

PROGRAM MANAGER   (0.375-0.5 FTE)

  • Job type: 15-20 hrs a week for 12 months, with possibility for long-term
  • Location: Berkeley, CA, open to non-local applicants
  • Compensation: $60,000/year FTE
  • Desired Start Date: Immediately, position open until filled

Sins Invalid is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as members of communities who have been historically marginalized. Conceived and led by disabled people of color, we develop and present cutting-edge work where normative paradigms of “normal” and “sexy” are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all individuals and communities. We present multidisciplinary by people with disabilities for broad audiences; organize performance workshops for community members with and without disabilities; and offer political education workshops for community based and educational organizations that share our commitment to social justice principles as a means of integrating analysis and action around disability, race, gender, and sexuality.

The Program Manager will support the Executive Director in three primary areas:  Disability Justice Movement Building work, Disability Justice Cultural Work, and Disability Justice Performance/Visual Art work. The Program Manager will support the Executive Director by managing daily organizational operations.  The Program Manager will assist the Executive Director with Disability Justice programs including Disability Justice workshops and educational programming. The Program Manager will assist the Artistic Director with all aspects of performance and visual art exhibit creation and execution.

The Program Manager will assist the Executive Director with fundraising to make the organization more sustainable by increasing stakeholders, including foundations and major individual donors, and creating compelling new fundraising materials that communicate the mission, vision and work of the organization.  The Program Manager will assist with grant writing, grant tracking and grant submissions. The Program Manager will be responsible for providing administrative support for the organization and to complete other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates Disability Justice Workshops and Performance Gigs
    • Responding to requests
    • Coordinating with sponsoring organizations
    • Promoting the events
    • Supporting Sins Collaborators/Presenters
    • Coordinating access support for the events as needed
  • Provides Disability Justice Trainings/Workshops for Sins Invalid
  • Supports Artistic Director
    • Provide production support for performances and visual art exhibits  
  • Supports the Executive Director and Organizational Subcommittees in fundraising including
    • Solicit in-kind and cash donations from local businesses and community organizations
    • Initiate and manage major donor approaches
    • Nurture connections with funders’ community and stakeholders on behalf of Sins Invalid
    • Coordinate grants including the production and submittal of funding requests, interim and final reports
    • Devise/implement year end major ask fundraising event and/or mailing
    • Document organizational development processes & strategies
    • Maintain donor tracking and recognition systems
    • Work collectively with other staff, grant-writing contractors, and organizational members to conduct strategic planning for long term fund raising for Sins Invalid
  • Other tasks as assigned

Necessary Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum two years non-profit fund development experience
  • A successful record of attracting and sustaining public and foundation and funding
  • Proven familiarity with social justice work in a non-profit work environment
  • Experience and competencies in working in a diverse work environment
  • Prior experience working in teams and in collective settings
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience and familiarity with non-profit finances
  • Experience with grants management and reporting, including experience working with multiple public and private funders
  • Understanding and commitment to anti-racist and anti-ableist principles
  • Extremely strong organizational skills, excellent time management skills and proven ability to work well independently
  • Strong ability to set own goals/timelines and meet deadlines independently
  • Excellent written skills and proficiency writing and editing letters of intent, foundation proposals, donor letters and donor materials
  • Accuracy, attention to detail, and the ability to proof own work
  • Excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency with Mac systems and the internet
  • Experience and proficiency with Word, Excel and the internet required
  • Experience using “Web 2.0” social networking tools (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for fundraising purposes

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience and competencies in working in a mixed ability, multiracial, multi-gendered environment
  • Familiarity with performance related work in a non-profit work environment
  • Experience with movement building work
  • Prior experience mentoring
  • Familiarity with the California Cultural Data Project
  • Familiarity with Sins Invalid’s mission and programs

To Apply:

To apply, please send an email to info@sinsinvalid.org. Please write “Program Manager” and your name in the subject line, and include two attachments as pdfs (1) Cover letter including your (a) full contact information (b) the reason you are interested in this position (c) your familiarity with Sins Invalid (d) the unique experience, skills and qualifications you offer to this position and to the organization (2) Resume with three professional references. We will contact you if we wish to talk with you about the position/invite you for an interview.

Sins Invalid is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are strongly encouraged from people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTQI; people of color; women; immigrants; people living with HIV/AIDS.