‘Pass the Mic’ panel discussion planned during UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championship weekend

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BikeNWA and NWA Trailblazers have merged to form a new organization, and the new group will host a panel discussion on the subject of intersectional advocacy in cycling on Friday during the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championship celebration in Fayetteville this weekend.

The new group, now called Trailblazers + Ethic, will host the discussion at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Garden Room.

From the event description:

During this panel, discussion topics will revolve around the importance of examining the intersections within our advocacy, moving beyond representation, community organizing, affinity spaces, and creating more inclusive and affirming events/races.

Intersectionality, as defined by the Center for Intersectional Justice, “describes the ways in which systems of inequality based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class and other forms of discrimination ‘intersect’ to create unique dynamics and effects.”

The panel discussion on Friday will focus on issues surrounding intersectionality as it relates to the local cycling community.

Panelists expected to participate in the discussion include moderator KC Cross, a mental health clinician from the UA; Maggie Taylor, a licensed social worker from Arkansas Children’s Hospital; Bea Apple, co-founder of Bike.POC and Hillfolk; Devin Cowens, a local organizer and bikepacker; Eric Acre, a photographer and co-founder of Pedal 2 the People; Kailey Kornhauser, a PhD candidate from Oregon State; and Abi Robins, a yoga therapist, author, and speaker.

The event is open to the public, and is free to attend. The discussion will also be live-streamed on Facebook.

A community bike ride will take place before the panel discussion at 3 p.m., organized by Bike.POC and All Bodies on Bikes.

For a bit more information, or to register for the event, visit the Eventbrite registration page.