TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: AFFIRMATIONS

Statement: TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: AFFIRMATIONS

November 15, 2016

TransJustice TDOR 2016 AFFIRMATIONS

We want to recognize, hold up, and join in solidarity with our imprisoned and detained community members who face lack of access to necessary medicine, violence at the hands of guards and other folks in the prison and psychiatric systems, and lack of protection and agency around pronouns and gender identity. We honor and celebrate you and your resiliency though you cannot be with us tonight. Your community supports you and loves you.

We want to recognize, hold up, and join in solidarity with our documented and undocumented immigrant community members who face incarceration, deportation, and brutality at the hands of Immigrant and Customs Enforcement, the NYPD, and the larger community. We honor and celebrate your resiliency. Your community supports you and loves you.

We want to recognize, grieve and honor all of the Trans and gender non-conforming people who were murdered in brutal acts of hate violence, as well as the people we lost to the violence of homelessness, lack of affirming healthcare, and lack of resources. We keep you in our hearts and minds as we continue to fight for Trans and gender non-conforming people of color liberation, and liberation for all peoples. We honor and celebrate you tonight. Your community loves and misses you.

We want to recognize, grieve and honor all of the Trans and gender non-conforming people of color who are murdered, detained, arrested and attacked in wars, occupations, genocide and through all acts of military violence and imperialism. We commit to fighting military violence, colonization and occupation of all peoples. Your community loves you and supports you.

We want to recognize, lift up and join in solidarity with youth who are Trans and gender non-conforming people of color and face barriers to accessing education, safe housing, health care, resources and agency to make decisions for themselves. Your community supports you and loves you.

We want to recognize, hold up and join in solidarity with our elders who are Trans and gender-non-conforming people of color; they have seen many histories of violence, made new histories possible, and continue to share stories, share wisdom, create space and be fierce. We honor and celebrate your survival. Your community supports you and loves you.

We want to recognize, hold up and join in solidarity with Trans and gender-non-conforming people of color who are “disabled” / have different abilities, who face invisibility, inaccessibility, discrimination and a violently exclusive healthcare system. We honor and celebrate your resiliency. Your community supports you and loves you.

We want to recognize and hold space for the reality that violence is systemic and has deep impacts on Trans and gender non-conforming communities of color. We commit ourselves to struggling to challenge violence in all of its forms, and hold space for healing and transformation for all survivors of violence and all people who cause harm.

We want to lift up and recognize the power, beauty and resiliency of Trans and gender non-conforming people of color. As we continue to heal from the violence we experience, let’s also celebrate our Powerful and resilient family across the globe. Our community supports you and loves you all the time, even the parts of you the world wants to erase, we acknowledge the magic you contribute to the world