Daring to be Powerful (DTBP) is one of NYC's best training on community organizing, power, & oppression for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Two-Spirit Trans & Gender Non-Conforming People of Color! (LGBTSTGNC POC). The Audre Lorde Project aims to build both individual and collective power to better challenge the multiple oppressions faced by LGBTSTGNC POC 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.
Come join us for our upcoming sessions. It is strongly suggested to take both Part 1 and 2 in order.
Love asks us to be tenacious, it asks us to be generous, it asks us to imagine being part of something bigger than ourselves. It asks us to forgive, to listen and revise obsolete ways and evolve in order to fully participate in the work ahead. It teaches us that in order to fully engage with the work of dismantling oppressive systems, we must care for ourselves, examine where we are replicating those systems, and love ourselves most of all by allowing transformation.
Those of you have participated in programs and events with the Audre Lorde Project may have noticed a sense of levity and warmth when we come together to heal ourselves, each other, and our communities. The act of gathering centers and sustains us, in resistance against daily microaggressions and trauma that are par for the course when resourcing ourselves to thrive in a hostile world. This month ALP showed up for protests around the brutal racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollet, as well as the ongoing assualt of neglect on our incarcerated communities at Metropolitan Detention Center, in Brooklyn.
Your contributions of time, thought, and resources keep our communities thriving. Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity.
In this interview between Kade Cahe, The Audre Lorde Project’s Member Engagement and Leadership Coordinator and Janhavi Pakrashi, the Communications Coordinator, the discussion covers the role and impact of membership development at our organization. At the last Membership Orientation, Kade mobilized a group of 22 new members to participate in an informational gathering in which folks were grounded in the organizing principles of the Audre Lorde Project, in addition to having the opportunity to get to know our staff members and each other. During the gathering, folks broke into group exercises that set the tone for sharing and conceptualizing the roles they might envision for themselves as participants in intersectional feminist movement building.
Join us as we gather to celebrate Audre Lorde's 85th birthday and her lasting legacy in our community! We will also honor and celebrate our resilient LGBTSTGNC Communities of Color in New York. Come for dinner, drinks, cultural performances, dancing, and good company! This is a completely FREE event. The space is wheelchair accessible. Childcare can be provided upon request. Dinner will begin at 6pm & the program will start at 7:00pm! Our intergeneration event is open to all LGBTSTGNC POC and Allies!
ALP MEMBERSHIP ORIENTATION
When: Wednesday, January 30th, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: ALP - Manhattan, 147 West 24th St., 3rd Fl., New York, NY
Are you interested in becoming a member at the Audre Lorde Project, a home for community organizing for NYC’s LGBTSTGNC people? Join us for a membership orientation to learn more about our Membership Program, ways to join other programs at ALP, and for leadership development and political education opportunities.
First aid is the initial intervention administered to a person suffering from a sudden illness, attack, or injury, before professional medical help is available. The purpose of this First Aid Workshop is to discuss and demonstrate emergency skills to preserve life, prevent worsening or deterioration of a situation, and to promote recovery. This workshop does not provide management of activist-specific injuries or scenes control and does not lead to First-Aid CPR certification.
It’s 2019, and we have a new year ahead of to accomplish great things, and show up for each other in powerful ways. We hope our January offerings encourage you to participate in community, find healing, and create connections between justice, wellness, and honoring the legacies of the movements that inform so many of our daily struggles. We would also like to offer gratitude for the contributions of time, energy, and money folks have made to help us thrive, which is so critical at this moment in time. Your love and efforts have and will continue to fortify our communities.
This is a great time to start volunteering with us at The Audre Lorde Project. Start by attending our membership orientation. Money comes and goes, but time does not. The contribution of your presence is something we cherish and honor. We have several monthly meetings at our Brooklyn and Manhattan offices. Metrocards and food are provided, and we encourage you to participate within your capacity. Please take a look at the schedule of upcoming events, below, and join the conversation. We currently have 2 job openings, and you are welcome to apply for our TransJustice Community School, or take an Adult First Aid class, Activate with us this year!
Season’s Greetings from The Audre Lorde Project! Our November and December have been reflective; with Transgender Day of Remembrance and the holidays upon us, the gathering of chosen families is one of the defining characteristics of our LGBTSTGNC communities. This is the time of year when we can take a look around us and not just shop, but participate and be with our communities in rituals of love and generosity, that give us a sense of continuity as individuals and as part of something bigger. This month, ALP wants to invite you to participate with us! There are many ways to get involved, you can volunteer, donate, come to an event, or tell your friends about us. If you want to shop from a list of ALP’s vendors and other QTPOC shopping resources, check out forusbuyus.tumblr.com.
In November, we celebrated the resilience of the Trans community at our annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was an evening, rich with memory, community, and ritual. We set up an altar for those who have passed, fed community members, held safe space for wellness and healing for people of color, and got to enjoy performances by our volunteers, members, and staff. Giving Tuesday brought us our most successful year in community fundraising in three years! Additionally, we opened the search for a TransJustice Coordinator.
As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to share our Annual Report with you, a celebration of moments of collective transformation that we have held together with you in this past year and a reminder that we are at our most powerful when we are building together. We hope you will enjoy learning more about our work to build people power, support our leaders, and increase the safety and well-being of LGBTSTGNC folks of color. We hope to see you at our events in 2019!