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Continuing Education

Acting as Partners in Resistance to Ableism and Violence

Date: 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT May 4, 2018 Location: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Join Patricia Berne, Co-Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Sins Invalid and Nomy Lamm, multi-media artist and Sins Invalid advisory board and staff member, for a workshop analyzing the social construction of disability. 

Participants will identify its relationship to both interpersonal and institutional forms of violence, and explore the current iterations and historical underpinnings of violence against people with disabilities.

From this starting point, together we will undermine this dominant understanding of disability as pathology by examining the medical model of disability; looking at the social model of disability through a Disability Justice lens; and reviewing principles of alliance as reflected in Disability Justice principles.

We will embody the ways in which non-disabled community members can support disabled community members who are being isolated, targeted and/or scapegoated through individual reflection, pair work, small group work, role plays and multiple stopping points for questions and answers.

This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hate training series and is free and open to the public.

Event organizers ask that you refrain from using or wearing scented products in effort to make this a fragrance free event, ensuring that all community members may attend. 

Accessibility Needs and Accommodations: Please note any accessibility needs you may have during your registration. When planning transport, please note that there are a limited number of wheelchair/mobility device accessible parking spaces available. Details about parking will be emailed to registrants a few days before the workshop. Feel free to contact our office with any immediate concerns.

Details & Registration

Date and Time: Friday, May 4, 2018, 1-5 p.m.

Presenters: Patricia Berne, Co-Founder, Executive
and Artistic Director of Sins InvalidNomy Lamm, multi-media artist and Sins Invalid advisory board and staff member. 

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About the Presenter

Patricia Berne is a Co-Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Sins Invalid (www.sinsinvalid), 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.

Nomy Lamm
 (in-person facilitator) is a multi-media artist whose offerings have included lullabies, rock operas, an experimental novel, zines and comics, a children’s book, many bands and solo albums, live performances, animated videos, and more. She’s worked with Sins Invalid since 2008 as a performer, Advisory Board member, and as Program Team staff. Nomy has been teaching people to sing for almost two decades, helping students move through fear and self-judgement to take up space and find equilibrium in radical authenticity. She has a BA in Multimedia Art and Political Economy from The Evergreen State College, and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University. In her work as a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess), Nomy offers space for creative exploration and engagement with our wounded places as a source of transformation. She lives on occupied Squaxin/Nisqually/Chehalis land in Olympia, WA with her partner Lisa, their dogs Dandelion and Momma, and their cat Pearl Buttons. 


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