Audre Lorde Project Rallies Against Violence in 11th Anniversary Trans Day of Action Calls for All of Us or None of Us in the movement for Social Justice!
Yesterday, Friday June 26th, TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project, gathered Trans and Gender Non-Conforming organizations and allies to march and rally on the Christopher Street Pier/Pier 45 at the 11th Annual Trans Day of Action. We lifted up the leadership and resilience of Trans and Gender Non Conforming New Yorkers and continue the fight for social, economic, racial and gender justice.
“Visibility is important, and we’ve won many victories in the past year, but we know we still have a lot of work to do to end oppression and violence against Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color,” said Elliott Fukui, TransJustice Program Coordinator at the Audre Lorde Project. “We need to continue organizing to find solutions to get our people safe housing, comprehensive healthcare, an end to police profiling, meaningful living wage employment, and safety in our streets from all forms of violence.”
While we have seen many success and victories, such as the win of Trans inclusive Medicaid here in NYC, we have also faced continued violence, discrimination, and isolation. There have been ten reported suicides of Trans Youth in our community since this year began, and 8 murders of Trans Women, the majority of whom were People of Color, in the U.S. alone. The 2015 Trans Day of Action calls for our communities to come together (See Points of Unity also on our website) to break isolation, build new solutions, and address the issues facing Trans and gender non-conforming communities, including: criminalization and incarceration, healthcare access, economic justice, immigration justice, and affordable housing together.
Tanya Walker, a member of TransJustice and a Board Member of The Audre Lorde Project, Says “People should come out and support their comrades in our fight for liberation!”
TransJustice is an organizing program of the Audre Lorde Project (ALP), a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Two Spirit Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across difference, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.