We Move Together: Disability Justice and Trans Liberation

Patty Berne, Reina Gossett, Kiyaan Abadani, and Malcolm Shanks

We Move Together

How are organizers and artists building cross-movement solidarity from an understanding that no one is disposable? How can we reclaim bodily autonomy, our right to exist in public space, and our liberatory visions of a world where all bodyminds are valued? As disabled and/or trans people whose bodies are pathologized and policed, how can we move together towards collective liberation?

About the Speakers:
Patty Berne, Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid, a disability justice organization that centers the work of queer and trans artists of color. www.sinsinvalid.org
Reina Gossett, Filmmaker, Artist, and Activist in Residence, Barnard Center for Research on Women
Malcolm Shanks, organizer, healer, and educator based in New York City. They list Black, gender non-conforming, Muslim, and socialist among their identities. When not bringing old ideas to new people, Malcolm works as a workshop trainer and organizational coach at a racial justice organization in the U.S.
Kiyaan Abadani, disabled & neurodivergent, muslim, trans & queer, diasporic Iranian/ SWANA visual artist, storyteller, and community organizer/cultivator

BCRW’s first west coast event will take place in Oakland, California and is organized in conjunction with Trans Life and Liberation, an art exhibit on view at the event space. This event is sponsored by Sins Invalid, Peacock Rebellion, Barnard Center for Research on Women, and CultureStrike with support from Akonadi Foundation’s Beloved Community Fund and East Bay Fund for Artists.

Please refrain from using scented products so more community members may attend. For a partial list of unscented products, visit bit.ly/2n85XuZ. See more info here about being fragrance free and why it’s important.

Access Information

  • A parking garage is available on 13th St and Franklin until 8pm. Street parking is scarce but sometimes available.
  • The venue is wheelchair accessible. Gender neutral ADA accessible restrooms are on the same floor as the event.
  • Access support people will be wearing an orange armbands and positioned at the front of the building, the building elevators, the food and drink table, the quiet room and by the fragrance reduced area. A volunteer will be available in the central display area throughout the event to read gallery labels, art text, and visual descriptions.
  • ASL interpretation provided from 6:30-8:30 for general mingling and a 20 minute program.
  • A quiet/chill room will be available for those wanting reduced stimulation.
  • A fragrance reduced area and access to an outdoor rooftop patio will be available.
  • Please note: This building has off-gassing materials and other construction scents. There are multiple florescent lights in the lobby, elevators, and event space.

Safety Info
There will be a trained safety team at the event, available to walk people to and from transportation, etc. Stay tuned for more info on safety team support.

This event is free and open to the public. Event registration is required and will be available here shortly.