The Welfare Justice Campaign

The Welfare Justice Campaign

Since 2005, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) communities in New York City have been urging the Human Resources Administration (HRA) to address the rampant transphobia, discrimination, and harassment that Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people in New York City face when seeking to access welfare/public assistance.

In June of 2008, a week before the Fourth Annual Trans Day of Action (annual March organized by TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project) which was set to protest at HRA headquarters, HRA officials agreed to meet with TransJustice to hear community concerns. After this first meeting with HRA in the Fall of 2008, TransJustice formed a committee of organizations including the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Housing Works, Queers for Economic Justice and others, to develop a HRA procedure to address transphobic discrimination at HRA. To date HRA has not approved this new procedure.

We need everyone's help to call on the NYC HRA to approve and implement this new procedure. In 2005 the New York City Human Resources Administration and a Citizen Advisory Transgender Sub Committee developed the Best Practice Protocols for Working With and Serving Trans and Gender Non Conforming Employees and Clients (the new procedure is based on this document). These protocols sat on the shelf for years and were never implemented or adopted by HRA. This cannot happen again.

Take Action: Help TransJustice by signing the online petition or collecting postcards, responding to action alerts, attending campaign-related events, endorsing the campaign, or joining TransJustice.

Campaign Updates

  • Community Update - Welfare Justice Campaign

    Thank you to everyone for all your support of the Welfare Justice Campaign!  To date we have collected over 1,300 petitions and postcards.  The campaign has received support from New York City elected officials including Council Person Letitia James, Council Person Rosie Mendez, and Council Speaker Christine Quinn.  Read more »

  • ALP In the Media: The Winning Team: The Welfare Justice Campaign Trains Human Resource Administration on Policy to Address Discrimination Against Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People

    Sylvia Rivera Law Project , October 19, 2010 -

    On October 15th, following the historic and successful organizing campaign to make the Human Resources Administration pass a policy to stop discrimination against trans and gender non conforming people seeking HRA services, members from the Welfare Justice Campaign traveled to the HRA training headquarters in Queens, NY to train workers on the policy.

    Read more.

  • Historic Victory: Welfare Procedure Approved to Address Discrimination Against Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People

     

    MEDIA RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2010 Contact: Jen Roman, Kris Hayashi

    E-Mail: jromanatalp [dot] org

    Phone: 718-596-0342 x 32, 646-305-4177(cell)

    HISTORIC VICTORY: WELFARE PROCEDURE APPROVED TO ADDRESS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST TRANS AND GENDER NON CONFORMING PEOPLE, BRINGING NYC CLOSER TO BEING INCLUSIVE FOR ALL NEW YORKERS.

    NEW YORK CITY HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATION (HRA) APPROVES PROCEDURE FOR SERVING TRANS AND GENDER NON CONFORMING CLIENTS Read more »

  • Welfare Justice Celebration - Please note new date and time

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

     

    Let’s Celebrate the Welfare Justice Campaign Victory!

     Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    6pm-10pm

    Audre Lorde Project

    85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY

    Find out more.

  • TransJustice Community School

    Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 4pm-8pm

    Please note, some folks have mentioned that the session times (4pm-8pm) are a challenge, we encourage folks to please apply anyways as we may be able to work something out.

    APPLY FOR THE TRANSJUSTICE COMMUNITY SCHOOL!

    Applications are Due February 3, 2010

    Stipends & Metrocards Provided to Participants 

     

    The TransJustice Community School is for People of Color who identify as Trans and Gender Non Conformingfor example people of color who identify as trans, gender non-conforming, gender variant, gender deviant, butch lesbians, drag queens, bi-gendered, Two-Spirit, drag kings, femme queens, A.G., gender queer, non-gendered, andro, crossdressers, gender-benders, and more. 

     

    The TransJustice Community School aims to strengthen our community and ourselves and build participants confidence and self-esteem.  The TransJustice Community School will focus on building the leadership of Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color, while participating in a larger multi-racial, multi-gender community that fights injustice facing those who are most historically targeted in the U.S.  Through discussions and panels, workshops, visiting other groups and experience participants will: 

    • Learn how to and teach others to be self-advocates regarding Know Your Rights as it relates to: HRA, Housing Authorities, the Police System, and Health Care.
    • Learn how to do public speaking related to ALP/TransJustice and the Welfare Justice Campaign.
    • Learn how to identify and share crisis and sustainable living resources related to:  health care, housing, legal issues, counseling and other common issues in our community.
    • Learn how to facilitate meetings and how to make decisions and plan in a group setting.
    • Learn what goes into planning, executing and evaluating parts of a campaign.
    • Learn from experienced community members lessons on personal and community based survival.

     

    The TransJustice Community School is an eight week program that will begin on February 16th, 2010 and will end on April 10, 2010

    • There will be 3 sessions a week from 4pm-8pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 
    • There is no fee for participation.  Participants will receive a meal at each session, a $70 weekly stipend, metrocards, and a certificate of completion (full participation is required).  On time attendance at all sessions is also required. 
    • Location will be at ALP, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY. 

     

    HOW TO APPLY:  Complete and return the application by February 3, 2010. Send form by email totransjusticeatalp [dot] org or fax to 718.596.1328 or mail to ALP, 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217.  For more info contact transjusticeatalp [dot] org or Mya (ext. 23) or Jen (ext. 32) at 718-596-0342. 

    Find out more.