Access-Centered Dance Party for India Harville
(Image description: India Harville, Black disabled femme sits backwards in her wheelchair with her arms resting on the back of the chair. She is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a hot pink dress. The background color is a light mauve with white writing that reads, “Access-Centered Movement presents an Access-Centered Dance Party, benefit for India Harville. November 16, 2019 1 PM to 5 PM. Disability Justice Culture Club 1931 87th Ave., Oakland, CA”)
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Join us for four hours of Access-Centered fun: including dance classes, performances, a raffle, food, nonalcoholic drinks, and sick disabled queer babes! This is a benefit for India Harville, beloved community member, Access-Centered Movement cofounder, dancer, and Disability Justice activist.
Disability Justice is an intersectional framework that began in the early 2000’s as a response to the Disability Rights’ Movement, which is largely led by white, heteronormative, cis males. While we are very grateful for the Disability Rights’ Movement as it created needed things like the Americans With Disabilities Act; many people with disabilities (especially folks with psychic difference, neurodivergence, chronic illness, and other non-mobility conditions, People of Color, queer and trans people, and self identified women) have felt excluded. Disability Justice is a framework led by and centering the most marginalized and, as a result, uplifts everyone. It is anticapitalist, understanding that we are all interdependent and must co-create the world we want to live in, centering access and liberation for all beings. This framework has changed the way we view disability, access, and justice across the globe. It has offered folks with disabilities, especially queer and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of color), strength, connection, and resiliency as we navigate the challenges of our ableist world.
Right now, India Harville needs our support. She is a Black, disabled, queer femme who was kicked off SSI and later lost her job (which was more accessible than most for her needs and she is struggling to find a replacement). Because of her chronic health conditions in disabilities, she has accrued a significant amount of debt trying to stay afloat and get adequate medical care.
Without India Harville, we would not have Access-Centered Movement. She dedicates her life to supporting multiply marginalized people with disabilities, especially other Black, Indigenous, and people of color– now is our time to support her!
India needs to raise a minimum of $20,000 in order to alleviate the financial and medical hardships she has been experiencing. This is barely enough to pay off some of the debt and get items that she needs to survive with your disabilities, such as a new wheelchair. Please join this event and consider donating to her fundraiser:
We invite you to join our trauma-informed and Access-Centered dance party! Feel free to come feeling excellent or like crap! We want you to come live your best life including when you are doing your worst. Whether you are laughing, crying, napping, eating snacks, talking, dancing, massaging, drinking tea, taking herbs, drinking water, listening to music, chilling outside, or keeping to yourself we want you to be there. Of course only if you have capacity. While we will offer virtual options for future dance parties, we do not have the capacity to organize that for this one.
1:00 PM: arrive, orienting, grounding.
2:00 PM: Performances by Leroy Moore, Lateef McCleod, Billie Rain, and more!
3:00 PM: India Harville facilitates Dancability and Access-Centered Dance
4:00 PM: raffle! (Some prizes include a tarot reading with Cat Webb, one hour tattoo time with Ali Samantha, swag from Fatties Against Fascism, basket from Plants As Allies Herbs, Stick and Poke Tattoo Kit, one-on-one dance/improvisation dance reading with Neve Be Bad, one hour massage with Radical Being Bodywork, and more!))
4:00 PM: Closing our container
We will have food (with gluten-free and vegan and ingredient lists) and nonalcoholic beverages.
Wheelchair Accessible (including outside and bathroom)
Fragrance Free (please come Scent Free in order to protect those of us with environmental illness and multiple chemical sensitivity. You may be asked to leave if you arrive scented. Please do not smoke cigarettes on the property. Please ask folks around you before you smoke cannabis. For more details, check out the East Bay Meditation Centers resource: https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/ and Leah’s article: http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html)
Low Stimulation Area
ASL Interpretation (all five hours)
Areas to Lie Down
Alcohol Free (drunk people cannot meet access needs or intentionally check for consent at all times)
Access-Centered programming meaning that all classes and programs offered will center all of these access needs at all times. Please feel invited to join with any capacities/ability.
FOOD (with gluten-free and vegan and ingredient lists)
No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds
Tickets will be sold in advance and at the door. $7 to $30 sliding scale NOTAFLOF