Ableism is the Bane of My Motherfuckin’ Existence

posted on May 12th, 2017

Exploring disability justice framework, Patty Berne and Stacey Milbern discuss the need for a politicized understanding of ableism within a context of racism, classism, colonialism, and heteropatriarchy. Berne and Milbern describe the ways that ableism functions as a dehumanizing system that favors able-bodied people at the expense of people with disabilities, producing barriers from internalized ableism and shame, to interpersonal conflicts between non-disabled people and people with disabilities, lack of access to education, employment, and housing, social control imposed through the medical industrial complex and criminalization, and the severe isolation caused by institutionalization and incarceration.

This video is part of the series No Body is Disposable, produced by Sins Invalid and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Video by Dean Spade and Hope Dector. Learn more about the series at

For more on the intersections between ableism, white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism, and heteropatriarchy, and disability justice tools and tactics that center disabled people of color and queer, trans, and gender non-conforming disabled people, download the Sins Invalid

“Skin, Tooth, and Bone: A Disability Justice Primer” at

We Move Together

posted on May 1st, 2017
We Move Together

[Image Description: Watercolor and pencil image of four people of different races and genders looking upwards. Three of them are holding hands and lifting their joined hands upwards. Blue watercolor background with white handwritten text saying “We Move Together. Disability Justice + Trans Liberation.”]

We Move Together: Disability Justice + Trans Liberation

Thursday, May 11 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Citizen Engagement Laboratory

1330 Broadway 3rd Floor, Oakland, California 94612

Join us on May 11th for our groundbreaking event about the intersections and tensions between disability and trans justice!

This event will sell out! Its free but Eventbrite RSVPs are required. Reserve your seat

Conversation with visionary artists & activists Patricia Berne, Reina Gossett, Malcolm Shanks and Kiyaan Abadani, on how we can move together towards collective liberation. How can we nurture self-love, interdependence, autonomy, and a world where all body/minds are valued? How can we build cross-movement solidarity from an understanding that no one is disposable?

More access info and event details at

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Crip Wisdom Q & A

posted on April 27th, 2017

[Image description: Portraits of two women sit atop text that reads: Sins Invalid: Birthing, Dying, Becoming Crip Wisdom. Live Web Q & A. April 27th 5-6pm PST. On Facebook Live. With Director, Patricia Berne & Artist, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Leah has green eyes and beautiful tawny skin. Her lips are fuchsia pink and her hair is shaved on one side with the other died red. She smiles at the camera. Patricia has large brown eyes, lovely brown skin, arched brows and long curly black hair. She is wearing a beaded necklace and a black and white lace blouse. Her gaze is confident and engaging.]

Please join us for a Q&A by visiting our Facebook page from 5-6 PST today (Thursday, April 27). We want to read your questions!

Patricia Berne will make a delicious introduction on the themes of the performance, and both Leah and Patty will be available to talk about their contributions and respond to your inquiries.

And remember– the 10th Anniversary Show Web Stream is available now through May 1st! Viewing parties are happening all over the world! Here’s what some viewers had to say:

Please stream this beautiful film! It’s only available this week via streaming! I was lucky enough to go to the screening yesterday and met one of the artists. I don’t really have words still and have not experienced anything like this. It feels like right now at this very point everything is coming together with seeing this film and my own organizing. Please watch it this week and consider donating or buying their zine!
~ Sara in Portland
As a queer and a disabled person, I really needed it! I am used to existing in spaces where I have to justify my every behavior, and the art in this film was so healing and validating for me. It was magical to share a community of crips existing together as they are.
~Emma in Chicago