Crip Bits: Fat Liberation is Disability Justice!

posted on Thursday, 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.**

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