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Janhavi Pakrashi, Communications Coordinator
The Audre Lorde Project Announces Move and Upcoming “F**k You, Gentrification” Fundraiser
Jan 15, 2020, New York - The Audre Lorde Project will be hosting an event to celebrate its legacy and bid farewell to one of our spaces as the organization consolidates and relocates from Manhattan to its office in Fort Greene. The escalating rent that The Audre Lorde Project is experiencing is symptomatic of the gentrification the organization confronts in its work and efforts to resist economic injustice against Queer People of Color. The Audre Lorde Project will be relocating to its original Brooklyn office, a storied location that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, at 85 South Oxford Street in Fort Greene, and will be resuming its usual operations after settling in.
Said Maxwell Scales, Co-Director of The Audre Lorde Project: “The Audre Lorde Project is leaving the historic Miss Major-Jay Toole Building because the economics of this city are not set up to hold space for and sustain the needs of our communities. We're looking forward to building more with our members and comrades in Brooklyn. It's imperative that we continue our work resisting violence and gentrification – this move is proof that we have a lot remaining to fight for.”
The F**k You, Gentrification gathering on Friday, January 24, 2020 will assemble generations of members, board, staff, volunteers, and well-wishers. Food, beverages, and entertainment will be provided to honor the past ten years of movement building while celebrating the brave and agile future ahead at The Audre Lorde Project. The intention of the event is to honor the folks who have put time, love, and energy into the development of an organizing center that has changed the political landscape of New York City.
About The Audre Lorde Project: The Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is a Community Organizing Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color Communities. Initiated as an organizing effort by a coalition of LGBTSTGNC People of Color, The Audre Lorde Project was first brought together by Advocates for Gay Men of Color (a multi-racial network of gay men of color HIV policy advocates) in 1994. The vision for ALP grew out of the expressed need for innovative and unified community strategies to address the multiple issues impacting LGBTSTGNC People of Color communities.
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