Hearing Room 3 | 11:00am–12:15pm
In 2015, chronically-ill writer Johanna Hedva famously asked, “How do I throw a brick through a bank if I can’t get out of bed?” Her inquiry ties into an ongoing dialogue about an aspect of inclusivity often overlooked by activist movements. How can we rethink our models of resistance to include and value the efforts of those with chronic illness and disabilities?
DOLORES TEJADA is a fat, femme, crip, Latinx survivor who has 15 years experience in community organizing around equitable education, harm reduction, and disability rights issues. She currently serves as the Director of Disability and Deaf Services at San Francisco Women Against Rape.
STACEY MILBERN is an Oakland-based disability justice thoughtleader with the organization Sins Invalid, a performance project that celebrates and incubates disabled artists of color and disabled gender non-conforming artists.
ESME WEIJUN WANG is the author of The Border of Paradise: A Novel, named one of NPR's Best Books of 2016, and is the recipient of the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize for her forthcoming essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias.
CALEB LUNA (moderator) is a writer and Ph.D. student in Performance Studies at University of California, Berkeley. Their work explores the intersections of fatness, desire, fetishism, white supremacy and colonialism from a queer of color lens.