The Safe OUTside the System Collective, a program of the Audre Lorde Project has recently learned of the fatal stabbing of Terrell Anderson, which led to his death on Thursday, January 23rd in his home in Crown Heights. Terrell was an out gay Black man, a legendary vogue dancer in the NYC ballroom scene, and a part of the infamous film “Paris is Burning.” The SOS Collective mourns the loss of Terrell and the hundreds of other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non Conforming People of Color we have lost to violence in Central Brooklyn. Read more.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Due to some uncontrollable circumstances, the Audre Lorde Project would like to announce the postponement of the Daring to Be Powerful weekend Training, initially scheduled on March 1st and 2nd, 2014. The new date of the training will be on March 15th-16th from 12pm-6pm. It will be at the same location at Brooklyn Community Pride Center. We sincerely apologize if this change might affect your participation or cause you any inconvinience.
The Audre Lorde Project aims to build both individual and collective power to better challenge the multiple oppressions faced by LGBTSTGNC people of color communities. This training program therefore allows for skills building, analysis of oppression, power & current issues, and offers opportunities for strategizing and additional investments in community organizing.
The closing of QEJ is an incredible loss for social justice and queer liberation movements. As we mark this moment in time, we would like to uplift QEJ’s legacy of centering the needs, experiences and voices of queer people living in poverty. Read more.
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 6:00am - 6:00pm
Dear Friends and Comrades,
As you all know, the Philippines is in an urgent state of calamity due to what is now described by the mainstream media as the worst storm in recorded history- Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The Social Welfare and Development Department reported that the storm affected 4.28 million people in 270 towns and cities spread across 36 provinces in Central Philippines. Super Typhoon Yolanda packed a blow on Philippine structures 3.5 times more forceful than Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As many as 10,000 lives have been claimed thus far and it is estimated many thousands more will parish due to homelessness, hunger, dehydration and lack of medical aid. The lack of infrastructure, extreme poverty and neglect from the Philippine government continues to worsen the devastation of the many thousands of women and children who have been impacted.
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment-GABRIELA USA and our close affiliates are working together to coordinate disaster relief efforts to meet the immediate needs of those in the hardest hit regions in the country- particularly the Eastern Visayas region. We have endorsed the relief efforts of our good friends in the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), and calling on all donations to be channeled through NAFCON's Bayanihan Relief effort. Please donate ONLINE by visiting www.nafconusa.org and clicking the DONATE button (in the Memo space please write Irma - GABRIELA USA so that we can accurately track all donations received).
NAFCON is a very trusted organization with deep links to grassroots people's organizations on the ground in the Philippines that will ensure 100% of your generous donations will reach those most impacted by the storm.
We must also monitor how this disaster is being used as a pretext to increase militarization in the areas affected. Here is a link to a disturbing development about increased US militarization under the guise of disaster relief- http://bit.ly/1dbip26
In these moments of devastation, it will be our community's people power that will be the leading force in providing adequate relief and rehabilitation that will rebuild the scores of towns and small villages decimated by this storm.
Here are some ways you, your organization, school, or community can support:
- Organize a fundraiser in your community and continuously raise funds for relief and rehabilitation through www.nafconusa.org
- Use your personal, school, community or work social media accounts to help promote NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief & Rehabilitation efforts by tweeting and posting www.nafconusa.org/programs Example: “Please support grassroots relief effort www.nafconusa.org/programs #HaiyanRelief #YolandaPH #GABRIELAUSA
- Create donation jars or boxes to leave at your workplace or school and ask for donations. Or go out in the community and do door knocking asking for monetary donations.
- Distribute the attached letter of appeal from the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns to you friends, family, and networks.
THANK YOU for your love and solidarity for our Filipino people,
With Love and in struggle,
Friday, July 12, 2013
Dear New York City,
As pride month ends we want to remember and mourn the recent waves of hate violence and police violence across New York City, from the West Village to the 79th precinct in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. With history as a guide, we expect hate violence against our communities to increase in response to the recent LGBT victories. The hate violence and police violence that has occurred raises the question: How are we creating mechanisms of response, safety, and accountability, within our communities that do not further criminalize or police our collective bodies? Increased policing does not create safety for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Gender Non Conforming, and Queer (LGBTSTGNCQ) people, especially when Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people, Youth, and People of Color (POC) are among the communities often targeted and harassed by police. Read more »