With this year marking 50 years since stonewall, No Justice No Pride (NJNP), Trans Latinx DMV, Trans United DMV, Nelwat Ishkamewe and others; wishes to honor Marsha and Sylvia’s legacies for continued trans and queer resistance against systematic and institutional forces that are killing us; with a two week long action camp at the end of May leading up to June — which for many cities on the east coast is the month we celebrate Pride. This Action Camp will prepare participants for the fight ahead in reclaiming these legacies; with priority focus to trans people of color and former and current sex workers. Our hopes are to be able to do this over a span of around two weeks, from the week of May 20th-31st. The action camp will feature workshops that range from choreography and how to plan a ball to learning critical political histories, how to organize and use direct action tactics, that will all lead up to NJNP’s June Mobilization that will feature a KiKi DMV runway ball, ‘Ball 50’; a Stonewall community kickback event — to serve as an alternative to a white washed and corporation collaborated pride festival — and several direct actions that highlight the City’s neglect for issues around housing, sex work criminalization and healthcare for the trans community.
Despite calls from established City-aligned LGBT Organizations to honor Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera on the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, ‘Celebrate resistance’, ‘Pride was a protest’ and aiming their sights performatively at the Trump Administration; few will actually acknowledge that Marsha, Sylvia and others were sex workers and even fewer will acknowledge and call attention to how trans women sex workers in the District of Columbia are still criminalized nearly every night. And surely, none will call attention to how the current Mayoral Administration as well as Career City Council leaders have written and implemented policies that led to developers seizing large control of DC property and little benefit to the local and historic community, which in combination with displacing sex workers and working class Black and Brown communities has also led to the increased criminalization of these communities from our public transit systems to our schools, to housing and so on.
For this reason — with NJNP receiving dozens of requests weekly from community members seeking emergency housing, help with obtaining legal advice and support funds, support with meals or accessing medical services including for patient advocacy — our work is so much more vital to provide advocacy tools and resources to DC’s Trans and Queer communities in particularly Black and Brown trans sex worker communities to further build the community power we need to keep each other safe.
Contributions to our goals will go to helping us provide the following: - Stipends to TPoC Facilitators and participants - Travel costs for participants and facilitators - Meals and prep - Building and Art Supplies
Donations will be going to No Justice No Prides fiscal sponsor, Trans United Inc. Trans United is a 501c3, and all donations are text-deductible.