On Friday February 10, the Madison Public Library Central Branch will host “Access Denied,” a dance party preceded by a discussion on the ways that nightlife spaces can be inaccessible to members of our community. Specifically, looking at how people of color, immigrants, women, transgender people, queer people, disabled people, people with addictions, and youth experience barriers to parties and celebrations intended for everyone.
The panel brings together a dynamic group of voices to discuss their personal and professional experiences with Madison nightlife. It will be moderated by Jessica Williams, an advocate for survivors of domestic violence whose work is culturally specific to the black community. Panel members include: Laura Patricia Minero-- an undocumented, queer, Counseling Psychology PhD student of color who co-founded DREAMERS of UW-Madison; Lexy Ware-- an organizer with Freedom Inc. who is in recovery and seeks to share her story whenever she can; Bianca Gomez-- an Afro-American Studies Masters student with a degree in Special Education whose research focuses on alternatives to disciplinary policies which disproportionately impact Youth of Color; Kate Moran-- a self-described fat white girl from Nebraska with disabilities who organizes with Disability Pride Madison; and Orion Wells-- an advocate for trans youth of color whose main goal is to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline in Madison Public Schools.
“Access Denied” is organized by Sarah Akawa Hagedon, T. Banks, Jean Brody, Alix Shabazz, and King Shabazz as part of the Library Takeover program funded by the Madison Public Library Foundation. The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 6:00 PM with free food, art, music, and mingling. The panel begins at 6:45 PM and will be immediately followed by DJs and a cash bar at 8:00 PM. The Central Library is fully wheelchair accessible, gender neutral bathrooms will be available, and free childcare for children 3 and up is provided at no cost. Please call Laura at the Central Library to reserve a childcare spot: 608-266-6350.