Though climbing has made great strides towards gender parity in recent years, there is still a population segment that is largely missing from the sport: ethic minorities. While there are exceptions, like Kai Lightner, a black youth competitor who is among the U.S.’s top competitive and outdoor climbers, climbing has remained a largely white, leisure-class activity. Access Fund staffers Ty Tyler and Curt Shannon chime in to provide some perspective on what can be done to promote the sport as a viable option to minority groups.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Tucson Anarchist Black Cross hosted a stop on the To Change Everything: The Promise of Anarchism international panel discussion tour at the Revolutionary Grounds coffee shop on Fourth Avenue in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Activists and curious members of the general public convened on the back patio to hear several anarchists from a number of countries, including Brazil, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, as well as locals from the Tucson Anarchist Black Cross, speak about anarchism in modern times, challenges facing off with fascist and nationalist movements, and problems with demand-based politics.