[COMM-ORG] Reclaim Safety with ALP and CUAV on December 8th

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From: "Ejeris Dixon" <edixon at alp.org>



Reclaim Safety with ALP and CUAV on December 8th!

LGBTSTGNC People from the Bay to Brooklyn Create Community Solutions to 

We are mourning the tragic deaths of 15-year-old African American Jaysen 
Mattison in Baltimore and 19-year-old Puerto Rican Jorge Steven López 
Mercado in Puerto Rico, and the countless others we have lost to hate 
violence. Our sorrow and outrage go out to their families and 
communities: we know Jaysen and Jorge were taken from you too soon. We 
recognize that there is a war against low-income, immigrant, and 
LGBTSTGNC (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two- Spirit, Trans, and Gender 
Non-Conforming) People of Color, and that our people are meeting early 
deaths at the hands of hatred, abuse, neglect, and oppression.

Unfortunately, the recent passing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, 
Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the nation’s first ever federal 
LGBTSTGNC-inclusive hate crimes bill, will not stop the violence we 
face. The bill:

Provides no funding or resources to actually prevent violence, but 
instead gives $5 million to expand the powers of local police and the 
FBI to investigate and prosecute incidences of hate violence.

Strengthens a criminal “justice” system that funnels more and more poor 
people and people of color into prisons and away from our families.

Supports the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the larger 
Defense Authorization Act, which allocated $130 billion to military 
efforts instead of to education, jobs, housing, and healthcare.

Reaffirms the idea that safety comes through more police and more people 
in prison, instead of by addressing the real needs of survivors of 
violence, people who have been violent, and the communities affected.

We believe that we can create our own safety. We desire and demand 
solutions that challenge the real causes of violence: homophobia, 
transphobia, and economic injustice. As we demand the basic necessities 
that we need to survive—jobs, housing, healthcare, and education—we know 
that we must create real ways for communities to respond to and prevent 
violence without relying on violent institutions. We refuse to have our 
pain used to support violence of any kind.

LGBTSTGNC communities from the Bay to Brooklyn will be strategizing and 
discussing community based solutions to violence. If you are in the Bay 
Area or the NYC area, attend the events listed below. If you are not, we 
encourage you to plan a conversation or some other type of event and let 
us know how it went.

Together, we can turn the tides of violence!


Bay Area: Join CUAV for our first Safety Lab!

WHEN: 7:00pm-9:00pm (food at 6:30pm)

WHERE: CUAV - 170 A Capp Street, San Francisco (take BART to 16th Street 

WHAT: Let's practice what we want to see in the world! Using scenarios 
of violence in our communities, we will work together to create and act 
out new ways of responding to anti-LGBTSTGNC hate violence that can 
create true safety, accountability, and healing. CUAV will host regular 
Safety Labs to offer a space to practice community responses to 
different forms of violence. This first Safety Lab is co-sponsored by 
the El/La Program Para TransLatinas in San Francisco.

HOW: RSVP to stacy at cuav.org or call (415) 777-5500 x316. Interpretation 

NYC: Join the Audre Lorde Project’s S.O.S. Collective for a 
forum…Stopping Violence Through Waging War? Part II

WHEN: 7:00-9:00pm

WHERE: 85 S. Oxford St. (between Lafayette and Fulton), Brooklyn. (Bus 
take the B38 Lafayette/ S. Oxford or take the B52, B26, B25 to Fulton 
and Greene Ave. By Train take the C train to Lafayette, the G train to 
Fulton or the 2,3,4,5,B,N,R, or Q train to Atlantic/ Pacific)

WHAT: For the past several years anti-violence organizations have 
debated whether or not hate crimes laws actually increase or decrease 
violence against LGBTSTGNC communities of color. After the recent 
passing of the Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Act join the Audre Lorde 
Project as we get organizations who’ve opposed and supported the Matthew 
Shepard/James Byrd Act in the same room for a provocative discussion on 
hate crimes legislation, community based anti-violence strategies, and 
hate violence prevention.

For more info contact cjohnsonlong at alp.org

ABOUT THE AUDRE LORDE PROJECT: The Audre Lorde Project is 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 differences, we seek to responsibly 
reflect, represent and serve our various communities.


ABOUT CUAV: Founded in 1979, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) 
works to build the power of LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, 
queer, and questioning) communities to transform violence and 
oppression. We support the healing and leadership of those impacted by 
abuse and mobilize our broader communities to replace cycles of trauma 
with cycles of safety and liberation. As part of the larger social 
justice movement, CUAV works to create truly safe communities where 
everyone can thrive. For more visit www.cuav.org

CUAV logo high res.jpg

Check out this event on Facebook at: 

Ejeris Dixon
Program Coordinator :The S.O.S. Collective (Safe OUTside the System)
Audre Lorde Project
(718) 596-0342 Ext. 22
Fax: (718) 596-1328

"I give you a legacy of doers, of people who take risks to chisel the 
crack wider. Take the strength that you may wage a long battle. Take the 
pride that you can never stand small. Take the rage that you can never 
settle for less."

- Pat Parker

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