CCR is proud to endorse the 9th Annual Trans Day of Action (TDOA) 2013 organized by TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project.
Join communities of Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) People of Color (POC) and allies for a rally and march at the Christopher Street Pier on Friday, June 28th, from 2:00-5:00 pm, and help honor, celebrate, and lift up the amazing work of TGNC POC everywhere!
This year we are excited to celebrate the resiliency of our communities, call for social and economic justice, and raise awareness of the many pressing issues TGNC POC face. On Friday, June 28th, the 44th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, we will lift up and celebrate the legacy of the amazing TGNC POC warriors that have paved the way for our movements today, and continue the struggle for justice, liberation, and recognition for all oppressed people across the globe.
What: Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice
Where: Christopher Street Pier (1 Train to Christopher Street, walk to the Pier)
When: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
RSVP: Facebook. Livestream available here.
The 9th Annual NYC Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice Points of Unity
- We demand an end to profiling, harassment and brutality at the hands of the police. Like many other oppressed communities TGNC people are targeted, profiled and brutalized by the police. The NY Anti-Violence Project reports that trans women are 2.9% more likely to experience police violence than all other people reporting violence. We are in solidarity with FIERCE and their campaign to counter the displacement and criminalization of LGBTQ youth of color. We support legislation that would stop police and prosecutors from using possession of condoms as evidence of ‘criminal activity.’ We oppose Speaker Christine Quinn’s call for increased policing in Chelsea and the Village, recognizing that policing doesn’t end hate violence against LGBTSTGNC People. As members of Communities United for Police Reform, we demand an end to the discriminatory “Stop and Frisk” and other “Broken Windows” practices of the NYPD.
- We demand justice for the many TGNC POC who have been beaten, assaulted, raped, and murdered yet these incidents continue to be silenced or misclassified. Instead of disrespecting the identities of TGNC POC, we call for media to address individuals by their preferred names and pronouns. The police and the media continue to criminalize us even when we try to defend ourselves. We know through AVP’s Hate Crime Report that 53.8% of hate crime murder victims are Trans women of color, and we demand that this end. Hate crime laws will not solve the problem but will give increased power to the state to put more people in jail. Instead we call for a unified effort for all of us to look deeper into the root causes of why these incidents happen. In striving for social justice we seek to find ways of holding people accountable and coming to a joint understanding of how we can make our communities safer.
- We demand access to restrooms without fear of harassment or brutality. Far too many TGNC POC have faced harassment, violence, and denial of usage of restrooms across New York City. We call for access to restrooms that match our gender identity and gender expression, and the development of gender neutral restrooms, as well as accountability for staff and patrons of both private and public spaces when we face discrimination and abuse.
- We demand the full legalization of all immigrants. We stand in solidarity with Indigenous-identified Two-Spirit people and the sovereignty of the First Nations, on whose land we now see the US attempt to enforce arbitrary borders. TGNC POC people deserve the right to access competent and respectful immigration services. We demand that the consulates of all countries respect and honor our identities and issue passports and other documentation that accurately reflects who we are. We oppose the Secure Communities program, the guest worker program, the Real ID Act, enforcement provisions to build more walls and give greater powers to the Department of Homeland Security, increased barriers for asylum seekers, and other anti-immigrant policies.
- We are in solidarity with all prisoners, especially the many TGNC POC people behind the walls. We call attention to the under-reported accounts of violence and rape that our community faces at the hands of correction officers and other prisoners, in psychiatric facilities, and group homes. We demand an end to the torture and discrimination TGNC POC prisoners face. We demand that all TGNC POC prisoners receive competent and respectful healthcare. We oppose the continued growth of the prison industrial complex that continues to target our communities, yet we recognize that TGNC POC people need access to services and facilities that lessen our vulnerability to violence within the present jails and prisons. We call attention to the criminal injustice system that increasingly puts POC, immigrants, people with disabilities, TGNC POC and poor people behind bars - criminalizing our communities and our lives.
- We oppose the US “War on Terrorism” as an excuse to legitimize the expansion of the U.S. as an imperial super power and to separate our communities by fostering feelings of hate, xenophobia, and violence. We demand the immediate removal of all U.S. troops from all countries under occupation and demand an end of use of U.S. dollars to cultivate and sponsor wars against people in the U.S. and abroad.
- We demand accessible, respectful and comprehensive health care. TGNC POC people deserve the right to access quality health care and be treated with dignity and respect while receiving necessary care. We demand that health care providers and insurance providers acknowledge this right and provide this service without bias and discrimination.
- We demand safety while utilizing public transportation. We celebrate that due to a court ruling, TGNC POC are now protected while utilizing public transportation in NYC and can take action against the MTA (NYC’s public transportation system) if it’s employees use discriminatory language. TGNC POC utilize the MTA daily and should be addressed by their preferred pronoun, should not be targeted by employees or harassed by other customers. We call on the MTA to insure the safety not only of TGNC POC but of women, children and all riders.
- We demand that all people receiving public assistance be treated with respect and dignity. We are in solidarity with all people living on public assistance. We celebrate that the Human Resources Administration (HRA), the NYC welfare agency, passed the procedure for serving TGNC clients and approved a community developed training curriculum but we call for full implementation of the procedure including culturally competent trainings for all employees that does not put the burden of education on the TGNC POC community.
- We demand access to respectful and safe housing. A disproportionate number of TGNC POC have been or are currently homeless, and experience violence and discrimination when trying to access shelters and housing programs. We are in solidarity with Queers for Economic Justice in their demand that all DHS shelters provide adequate Trans sensitivity trainings for all personnel and enforce clear non-discrimination policies that respect the dignity and safety of all homeless people.
- We demand that TGNC POC people have equal access to employment and education opportunities. We are outraged by the high numbers of TGNC POC who are unemployed. Few TGNC POC have access to opportunities for learning in a safe school environment. TGNC POC demand that all employers and educational institutions implement non-discrimination policies that respect the rights of all workers and students and that they comply with the NYC Human Rights Law that prohibits discrimination against gender identity and expression.
- We commemorate the memory of Deja Kelis Edwards, and the many brave souls we have lost, who have struggled and lived their lives fearlessly, being true to who they were. They keep the fire of struggle burning within all of us.
Endorsers for Trans Day of Action 2013
Act Now to Stop War and End Racism
Arab Queer Collective
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
BAYAN Queer Caucus
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Popular Democracy
Coalition for Queer Youth
Damayan Migrant Workers Association
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment
Hunter Alumni Working for Queer Students
Hunter Students for Trans* Rights and Progress (S.T.R.A.P.)
International Socialist Organization
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Jim Collins Foundation
Latinos/as Unidos de New York
LIT Social Justice Center
Love & Affection Project
Make the Road NY
Metropolitan Community Church of New York and MCCNY Charities, Inc.
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns
New York City Anti-Violence Project
Nodutdol Korean Community Development
NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
NYC LGBT Center
NYC Queers against Israeli Apartheid
Organization for a Free Society
Organization for Transgender Health Empowerment Resources (OTHER)
p.i.s.s. : Public Intellectual SpaceS
Palante Technology Cooperative
Party for Socialism and Liberation
People Video Network
Persist Health Project Chance
Public Science Project
Queer Empowerment Project
Raha Iranian Feminist Collective
Red Umbrella Project
Retail Action Project
RightRides for Women's
SANDS' House Inc
Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK)
Sex Workers Outreach Project - NYC (SWOP-NYC)
Sisters of Resistance
Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
Streetwise and Safe
Support New York
The Forum Project
The Freedom Socialist Party
The International Action Center
Third Root Community Health Center
Third Root Education Exchange
Trinity Place Shelter
Unity Fellowship Church NewArk
Urban Justice Center
Women Organized to Resist and Defend
Workers World Party
YA-YA (Youth Activists Youth Allies) Network
TransJustice is a political group for Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color. We work to Educate, Agitate, and Mobilize our community and allies on pressing political issues we face. The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two Spirit, and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color Community Organizing Center based in New York City.