Dear Audre Lorde Project Community,
The Audre Lorde Project understands that our services and organizing efforts are most successful when they involve the communities we serve. We are committed to developing and implementing culturally specific and effect programs and services that reflect your needs. We are guided by your your hopes, your concerns, your voice.
In order to stay committed to this guiding principle, we are asking you to please take the time to fill out this survey.
Here is an update on Starlite, a Safe Space in the S.O.S. Collective’s Safe Neighborhood Campaign. They’re one of the oldest black owned, non-discriminating, Gay Friendly bars in the city and facing eviction.
Please read below on ways you can help stop the eviction of the Starlite Lounge.
Save Starlite Community Meeting
Historic Victory: Welfare Procedure Approved to Address Discrimination Against Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2010 Contact: Jen Roman, Kris Hayashi
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
Apologies for yesterday's outage. Communications for ALP are now fully restored, our phone, fax and email are all working. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Our differences are polarities between which we can spark possibilities for a future we cannot even now imagine, when we acknowledge that we share a unifying vision which supposes a future where we all may flourish, as well as a living earth upon which to support our choices --Audre Lorde--
Dear Community Members and Supporters,
Over the last six years as a community we have made our voices heard, culminating over the last two days in a fax and phone blast, and ending today with approval of a new procedure for serving Trans and Gender Non Conforming clients at New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA). Trans and Gender Non Conforming communities, allies, friends and family have let the New York City Human Resources Administration know of our demands an end to transphobic discrimination and harassment in New York City’s Welfare system. Supporters from across the country called and faxed HRA.
TransJustice meetings are for 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, and gender-benders.
Since our founding, approximately every three years ALP has engaged in a strategic planning process. Over the last year, ALP board, staff and volunteer leadership developed a new strategic plan for the organization where we assessed community needs; discussed the local, national and global context of our work; evaluated ALP’s programs and organizational structure (including a community wide survey); and set a multi-year vision and plan for the organization. This plan builds on our previous work and history seeking to strengthen and build ALP as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color (POC) community organizing center.
One of the most exciting changes is that we’ve decided to move ALP to a staff structure with two Director positions. Over the next period Collette Carter and Kris Hayashi will serve as a Co-Director team for the Audre Lorde Project. This structure will provide the stability needed to guide and lead ALP through the transition into our new strategic plan as we revise structures, hire new positions, and launch new programming. We believe this change will strengthen our ability to advance ALP’s mission and will be much more sustainable over the long term. Collette Carter has been on staff with ALP in both programmatic and administrative roles and is a long time leader within the LGBTSTGNC POC communities in New York City. Kris Hayashi, previously served as ALP’s Executive Director.
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.
To date the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) still has not approved the procedure to prevent the rampant transphobic discrimination and harassment faced by Trans and Gender Non Conforming People on Public Assistance/Welfare.
Thank you to everyone who signed a Postcard to Commissioner Doar or Signed the Electronic Petition (Postcards and Petitions) over the last few months.
To continue to pressure the NYC Human Resources Administration we are now seeking campaign endorsers.