Color of Violence 4 Conference
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Chicago, IL
Join Kay Ulanday Barrett and Geleni Fontaine with Third Root Education Exchange (TREE) and in collaboration with members of the Disability Justice Collective for our workshop at the upcoming INCITE COV 4 Conference in Chicago!
This workshop focuses on Sick, Disabled, Queer People of Color (SDQPOC) communities seeking healing and care beyond the system. Being Disabled, Sick, Chronically Ill, Deaf, and/or being Brilliant/Crazy are often understood as flaws. Also as Queer People of Color, we ultimately survive struggles heightened by ableism. The truth is, we face all struggles simultaneously! Paying homage to audre lorde: “I do not believe in single-issue politics, because we do not live single-issue lives,” This reality is part of our challenge as well as a source of strength as we heal our minds, bodies, and spirits. How do we navigate allopathic (standard Western) medical care as well as holistic traditions as intersectional people? How do we move toward a wholeness that doesn’t pathologize our bodies but dares us to understand and adore our whole selves as part of our healing process?
In large and small group discussions participants will consider avenues of critical intersection as brown, poor, trans, immigrant, disabled, other. We’ll share individual and community strategies that challenge ableism and isolation, including simple and accessible practices – meditation, movement, and writing as a tool of expression and wholeness – for individual healing and centering that participants can use and share with others beyond this workshop. (Please do!) Everyone is encouraged to participate, but priority will be offered to those who live with SDQ (Sick & Disabled Queer/Transgender Indigenous or People of Color) experiences. Participants are asked to please bring their journals and/or writing materials. We will strive throughout the workshop to craft all activities to be as accessible as possible.
This workshop is by and for all who are People of Color, Black, Indigenous, Two-Spirit, Sick, Disabled, Deaf, Live with Chronic Pain, and Queer. To attend this workshop, identifying with all of the communities listed is vital. White people and able-bodied community are asked to support our work by respecting non-attendance. We’ve requested an ASL interpreter and a room close to elevators & entrances for mobility purposes.
PLEASE NOTE: To ensure that people can be able to attend without throwing up, getting sick and having to leave, please come fragrance free. Information about how to do this can be found here: @[NjQyMTgzOTU5MjA4MTA3Omh0dHBcYS8vd3d3LmJyb3duc3Rhcmdpcmwub3JnLzEvcG9zdC8yMDEyLzAzL2ZyYWdyYW5jZS1mcmVlLWZlbW1lLW9mLWNvbG91ci1yZWFsbmVzcy1kcmFmdC0xNS5odG1sOjo=:http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html]. We ask that you please do not wear perfume, cologne, essential oils or products scented with them.